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Borax for ants?

Discussion in 'Parents Off Topic' started by danismom79, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. danismom79

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    How much should I use? I have a mild invasion after a piece of my hair concoction (shea butter, honey, aloe vera gel) fell on the floor. There have always been a few ants milling around since early summer. Why, I don't know. They passed the kitchen on their way upstairs. But that hair stuff really attracted them last night. There are 4 baits lying around that they never even touched.

    So last night, I took some of my hair stuff and mixed a little borax into it, and left a few pieces for them. They've been carrying it to the nest all night, but I don't know if I put enough borax in there. How long does it usually take to kill a small colony? I had the same problem in Atlanta, but they went for the bait and it took a few months before they were all gone. I don't think there are nearly as many ants this time (I hope not!)
     
  2. My_Dana

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    Don't know about Borax.
    But vinegar is good ant deterrent.
     
  3. Mikker

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    We usually use sugared mashed potatoes. 1-1-1. 1 tablespoon of mashed potatoes, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and 1 tablespoon of borax. We put about a quarter teaspoon on cardboard squares and place them along known ant tracks. Shouldn't take more than 2-3 days. Work great on all sorts of insects. For mice we trade out the sugar with peanut butter and up the 'piles' to a full tablespoon per.
     
  4. danismom79

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    The thing about deterring them is that they'll just travel to another room. I ended up spraying the kitchen and 2 bedrooms when I lived in Atlanta becuase they packed up and moved from room to room before finally settling in the bathroom.

    So 2-1? I think I might have used about that or a little more. It's good to know that it does work. I was a little concerned that I might just be feeding them.
     
  5. Mikker

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    Yup. Works good. Ants, cockroaches, fruit flies, mice and rats. Probably don't need to say to keep it away from children and pets. :D
     
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    Far fewer ants last night and this morning! And yes, I do keep the door shut so the cat won't get in.
     
  7. Mikker

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    Good Good! I probably should have mentioned too that we generally change out our magic potatoes every couple of days or so. Once they dry out, the critters seem to leave them alone.
     

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