Controlling Ants Naturally!


Let’s face it… Ants are pests, indoors and out. They can ruin a picnic, damage wood support beams and protect the pesky aphid in your garden. Fortunately, they’re easy to control, once you learn their habits, hiding places and favorite foods.

Ants are attracted to different foods (sugar, proteins, wood, etc.). Carpenter ants, the most destructive variety, live in wood and can destroy support beams much like termites. Most common, though, is the small, brown Argentine ant which nests outdoors and is drawn to sweets.

Instead of toxic chemicals to get rid of these critters, try this natural solution.

Mix up the solution, pack cotton balls in a jar cover, put the solution on and they will be gone.


1 cup sugar

3 tablespoons boric acid

3 cups warm water


1. Mix the sugar and boric acid well.

2. Add the warm water slowly, mixing all the while so it won’t be too lumpy.

3. Store in a jar until ready to use.

4. When ready to use, put cotton into the top of a jar lid to fill it and then saturate the cotton to the top.

5. Place it in the location where it is needed.

 Note: This solution will keep for a long while. A good technique is to drip a drop or two over the edge of the lid to rest on the counter so the ants will find the solution sooner. It sometimes takes a little while for them to find it, but find it they will.

When they do, do not disturb them as they drink. They will hang over the edge of the lid and drink for a while and then take it back to the nest killing the colony. Almost overnight they will be gone.

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