Getting Rid of Ants with Boric Acid
Boric Acid, an ant’s worst enemy. Also commonly known as Borax, it has many household applications including cleaning. When used as an ant poison, mixing boric acid with sugar water or maple syrup is the most commonly how it is administered. Oddly enough, commercial baits bought in the store consist of the this basic formula. The beauty of boric acid is that it affects the ants both externally and internally. So follow these three steps to free yourself of the annoying problem of ants:
Assemble your arsenal. Head down to your local hardware store and pick up a pint of boric acid or borax. A pint is normally inexpensive; around five dollars, and a pint will be more than sufficient for what you need. Next , make sure these additional items:
• Tin foil, at least a one-foot by one-foot square.
• Sugar or maple syrup – whichever you decide will be your sugary bait. There is no wrong choice.
• Have on hand peanut butter and grease, in case your ants do not readily go after the sugary baits. Some ants prefer protein or grease.
• Measuring cups
Build your arsenal. Now that you have assembled what you will need, let’s put it together. Grab your water, sugar, boric acid, and measuring cups – and let’s get at it. Here is the recipe for sugar water, if you decide to use maple syrup instead, just replace the water and sugar for the syrup instead. Take:
• 1 cup water
• 2 cups sugar
• 2 tablespoons boric acid
Mix together until you have a creamy, syrupy consistency. Make as much or as little as you want, just keep the ratio of 3 cups bait to 2 tablespoons poison. Once you have your syrup mixed, begin to cut out 2-inch by 2-inch squares of tin foil. Make as many as you feel you will need – I would start with ten. Once you have them cut, place a good spoonful of the mixed poison on each.
Go on the attack. Now that you have your arsenal built, let’s deploy them. Go on a scouting mission and find the ant trails that are leading into your home. Do not disturb the ant trail. Instead, place your loaded tin foil squares next to the trail. I may take a few minutes, but some enterprising ants will begin to notice the newfound food source. The ants will bring the poison back to the colony and give it as food to the rest of the colony. If you get the quantity and timing just right, you will wipe out the whole colony. Be patient, it will take at the minimum several weeks and up to a few months. Remember:
• Don’t lure new ants with the bait by placing them arbitrarily around the house; place the bait only next to existing ant trails.
• If you are worried about pets or children getting into the poison, put the bait in a jar. Screw the lid tightly, puncture the lid two or three times to allow for ants, and smear the outside with a little bit of the bait without poison.
Finally, make sure to give them as much fresh bait as they’ll take. If you notice that the sweet bait in not going very fast – try peanut butter or grease mixed with boric acid. Stick to the same ratio and you should be fine. Good luck!