Fighting Ants with Borax

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What You'll Need
Bottle caps
Cotton balls

Ants in and around your kitchen cabinets are a nuisance that can be costly. You will have to throw away any food items they access, and you may spend a small fortune on commercial pesticides as you try to get rid of them. For a cheaper but effective alternative, try using borax to combat your ant infestation.

Borax Baits

  1. Mix ½ part borax with 1 part sugar. Fill bottle caps with the mixture and set near where you see ant trails
  2. Mix ½ part borax and 1 part sugar (or honey) with water to form a paste. Spread the paste on strips of cardboard and place where ant trails are visible.
  3. Mix ½ cup sugar with 1 cup water, and add 2 tbsp. of borax. Soak cotton balls in the mixture and place near ant trails.


Do not use borax on plants or grass as it may cause sterility. Also keep it out of reach of children or pets. Although borax is not toxic - especially if diluted in other substances - it can make a pet or child very sick.

If you find dead ants around the bait mixture, decrease the amount of borax. The idea is for the ants to eat it and take it back to the colony where they will regurgitate it. This will effectively kill the queen and the rest of the colony.