How to Make a Homemade Ant Trap with Borax and Syrup

Homemade Ant Trap Front

This is the time of year when ants can start to become a problem. I don’t know where you live, but I think that my house must have been built on the mother load of ant hills because every summer without fail I find them in my kitchen. Usually, I use Terro ant killer, which helps. This year the ants weren’t eating that solution for some strange reason. My guess was that I didn’t find the right spot where they were finding their way into my kitchen. Therefore, I decided after reading that borax was an ingredient in the commercial product to try my hand at making my own homemade ant trap. In this post, I will show you how to create your own because it worked better than I ever thought.

From what I discovered after browsing the internet, there are people that use a mixture of sugar to borax in varying amounts. However, I used a sticky sweet base of pancake syrup to the borax, which mixed better for this homemade ant trap in my opinion. In fact, I went with half syrup to half borax.

While syrup or sugar serves as bait for this trap, it is the borax that eliminates them. What that ingredient does is disrupt their digestive system once the worker ants feed on it and carry it back to their colony and eventually cause their deaths according to the research.

Homemade Ant Trap Side of Bottle

The containers I use were from things like from a body wash or this catsup bottle with flip-top lids. The reason that I went with those choices is I could bury part of the bottle into the ground and open the flip-top lid serving as a roof to shield it from the rain and entrance to that sweet deadly trap to lure those ants in.

I also advise using a small funnel to pour the borax into the container. It is so much easier than fumbling with a spoon without spilling it everywhere.

Once I positioned my DIY ant trap outside where I suspected they could be entering to my upstairs, I noticed an immediate improvement the next day. I did not find one ant in my kitchen. My guess is those pesky ants were too busy feasting.

This catsup bottle with a fresh batch of homemade ant poison is going in another spot outside where spiders hang out in a section of my basement, probably eating ants from their insect bodies I found in one corner.

Try this solution for homemade ant poison because it is uncomplicated and does the job. You just may be surprised exactly how well this natural ant repellant works.

You also may want to read another earlier post about garden visitors you want to attract to your yard to help control insects.


1 Comment

  1. Shannon Shark
    January 7, 2024 / 7:24 am

    This will also help with eliminating gnats and stink bugs.

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