Yesterday, my son found ants in our kitchen. They were swarming around a fallen crumb of food.
Well, as much as I admire their industriousness, I simply can’t have ants in my kitchen.
No trouble, I know just what to do.
It’s Mighty Mule Team Borax to the rescue… again.
You see, my mom had this same problem at her house a year ago. She tried the little ant traps available at the hardware store. They didn’t work. She called an exterminator. They wanted a $60 fee to come out to the house and they use pesticides. “No thanks,” she said.
Start with a small spoonful of jam. Ants apparently can’t resist strawberry jam- or whatever else you may have.
Next pour in an equal amount of Borax. And stir together well.
And spoon a small amount of the mixture onto an index card. I cut my index card into 4 pieces and made 4 cards.
Next place the cards in strategic locations where you’ve seen the ants.
BE CAREFUL IF YOU HAVE A PET. While Borax is natural and environmentally friendly, it is toxic if ingested. I placed my cards just inside the pantry door, and cautioned to kids to make sure to keep the doors shut while I have the cards out. The ants can get to the sweet concoction, but my sweet little lunch-mouth dog cannot.
Give the cards a few days to do their job. If all goes well, those ants should be history.
It worked for my mom last year, so I have high hopes. I love when you can solve a problem for pennies.
***2013 Update: I had ants that were more difficult to get rid of this year. The first time I tried this method, it worked they were gone, but came back about 2 weeks later. This time they didn’t seem to be drawn to the jam. So I mixed together a small amount of jam and peanut butter, then added the borax and set them out. They went for the trap almost immediately and it worked like a charm getting rid of them.