Borax Ant Killer Recipe With 3 Ingredients – Sugar, Peanut Butter, Water

Borax is a natural ant killer. The best part is that you can mix it with foods that attract ants and create a potent ant killer recipe.

I used this borax ant killer recipe with three ingredients –

  • Sugar
  • Peanut butter
  • Water

I kept it in places where there were significant ant activity. And viola! it killed so many ants.

But, my warning: The borax recipe won’t get rid of a severe ant infestation. You must hire a pest controller if you’re struggling with too many ants in the house.

Read on to know how I made and used the ant killer made from borax.

Borax Ant Killer With Sugar, Water, and Peanut Butter

  • Take a bowl
  • Mix 1 cup of sugar with 1/2 cup of borax
  • Add a tablespoon of peanut butter
  • Add half cup of warm water.

Mix the above ingredients well. And make little balls out of them.

Borax Ant Killer Recipe with three ingredients

Place the bait near ant trails, entry points, or where you suspect the nest might be.

It’s important to keep these baits out of reach of children and pets, as borax can be harmful if ingested.

Also, patience is key with borax baits. It can take time for ants to take the bait to their nest and for the colony to be affected.

Strategic positioning of these baits is essential. Keeping them in places where ants don’t frequent will make the baits ineffective.

Keep the borax baits in ant-infected areas for 48 hours to let them work.

Why and How Borax Kills Ants?

Borax Kills Ants

The sugar and peanut butter will attract ants. And they’ll also carry the baits back to their nests.

Borax kills ants by disrupting their digestive system and their exoskeletons. When ants ingest borax, it hinders their energy production. This eventually leads to their death.

Another reason is that borax is a stomach poison for ants. It affects their metabolism, so they can’t process the food they eat. So, they starve.

Additionally, borax can damage the outer layer of the ant’s body. As borax is a desiccating agent, it can cause the ants to dehydrate.

When ants walk through borax, it can stick to their legs and body. When they clean themselves, they ingest the borax, which accelerates the poisoning process.

When using borax as an ant killer, mix it with a sweet substance to attract ants. Instead of sugar, you can use honey to make it thicker and more attractive to ants.

The sugar in the borax attracts ants.

When ants take the borax bait to their nest, they share it with other members of the colony. And that includes the queen ant. This process of sharing food among bugs is known as trophallaxis.

This can result in the elimination of the entire colony over time.

Don’t Use Vinegar with Borax

Vinegar is acetic acid. It’s an ant repellent.

So, mixing it with borax and keep the mixture as a liquid bait won’t work.

The strong acidic smell of the vinegar will repel the ants. But that will not solve the ant problem in your home.

In fact, ants can move to other areas of your house if they can smell the vinegar trap.

Can Ants Learn To Avoid Borax?

Boric acid or borax are ant repellents. Ants will avoid them if you use it individually.

But when you mix it with sweet or protein rich foods, then ants can’t avoid the borax bait.