Keep Garden Ants Away With This DIY

Written by: Deborah Turner-Mack

Social Media Secretary North Austin Community Garden

After all this wonderful rain, several garden beds have become overrun with ants. YUCK! It’s hard to harvest your yummy veggies, when you’re battling ants. Whether you are fighting ants in the kitchen or in the garden bed, this simple three-ingredient organic recipe will help you combat those pesky pests.

All you need is ½ cup of Borax*, 1 cup of sugar and water.

Add 1 cup of sugar to ½ cup of Borax* and mix well.

Add just enough water to make a thick syrup mixture.

Store inside an old jelly jar and label it. Keep it out of reach of children and pets.  

For the kitchen: Pour a small amount into a shallow dish and place next to the place that you see ants coming in. I like to use the lid of an old jelly jar. Do not kill the ants when you see them consuming the mixture. Let them take a drink and take it back to the colony. This will kill the entire colony.

For the garden: Pour a small amount of the mixture into the middle of the ant hill. The ants will take the mixture inside the colony and it will kill off the entire population. In a day or two the entire colony will be gone.

DIY Organic Ant Killer Recipe

1 cup sugar

½ cup Borax

Water

  1. Add 1 cup of sugar to ½ cup of Borax* and mix well.
  2. Add just enough water to make a thick syrup mixture.
  3. Store inside an old jelly jar and label it. Keep it out of reach of children and pets.

For the kitchen: Pour a small amount into a shallow dish and place next to the place that you see ants coming in. I like to use the lid of an old jelly jar. Do not kill the ants when you see them consuming the mixture. Let them take a drink and take it back to the colony. This will kill the entire colony.

For the garden: Pour a small amount of the mixture into the middle of the ant hill. The ants will take the mixture inside the colony and it will kill off the entire population. In a day or two the entire colony will be gone. 

*Borax is located in the laundry detergent section of your local grocery store.

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