How to Kill Ants with Household Items


It’s not possible to get a home presentation ready without addressing the issue of pests. And few pests are more common in any home than ants. Once these critters are inside, they can multiply exponentially, turning an otherwise spic and span household into an insect terrarium.

So what’s the best way to handle a home ant invasion? Many people hire exterminators to handle pest problems but this is unnecessary when it comes to the issue of the ant. In fact, there are plenty of remedies using common household ingredients that will take care of most ant problems.

Borax, for example, is a mineral that is the active ingredient in many laundry detergents. This powder is made up of white crystals that dissolve in water. Using borax is an efficient way to take care of an ant problem.

Things you’ll need: 1 cup borax,
1 cup powdered sugar, 
glass jars with lids, toilet or tissue paper, 
hammer and nail


Step 1

Pour one cup powdered sugar in a bowl.

Step 2

Pour one cup of borax into the bowl with the sugar.

Step 3

Wad a length of toilet or tissue paper so it is about the size of your palm. Place the paper into a jar.

Step 4

Pour one quarter of the borax and mixture into the jar.

Step 5

Fill the jar with water, leaving one inch at the top.

Step 6

Screw the lid onto the jar and puncture four holes in the lid with your hammer and nail.

Step 7

Place the jar in the area that is infested with ants. You can prepare multiple jars if there are many different areas plagued by ants. The ants will enter the jar and take the mixture back to their nest, where it will kill them.

Using this method to eradicate a home ant problem is quick, easy and best of all, cheap. Choosing to use a household chemical such as borax to kill ants will save quite a bit of cash – possibly hundreds of dollars – on exterminator costs. And best of all this whole process can be completed in a matter of minutes.

As a writer for First Impression Security Doors  and home décor enthusiast Kiersten Gurry loves to talk about customizing spaces. She has lots of information on custom doors, window add-ons and other building accessories that will increase home value & curb appeal.




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