Someone sent this idea in for getting rid of ants. I like that it is basically all things we have around our house anyway … no heavy duty chemicals or things that can hurt my family, or the environment.
You can get Boric Acid at many grocery stores, big box stores and even some pool supply stores. I use it in my pool!
Don’t let the name Boric Acid scare you. Don’t inhale it and eat it or drink the mix … no of course not! Here is what Wikipedia.org has to say:
Boric acid, also called hydrogen borate, boracic acid, orthoboric acid and acidum boricum, is a weak acid of boron often used as an antiseptic, insecticide, flame retardant, neutron absorber, or precursor to other chemical compounds. It has the chemical formula H3BO3 (sometimes written B(OH)3), and exists in the form of colorless crystals or a white powder that dissolves in water.
Boric acid was first registered in the US as an insecticide in 1948 for control of cockroaches, termites, fire ants, fleas, silverfish, and many other insects. The product is generally considered to be safe to use in household kitchens to control cockroaches and ants. It acts as a stomach poison affecting the insects’ metabolism, and the dry powder is abrasive to the insects’ exoskeletons.
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons Boric Acid
3 cups warm water
Slowly mix it all together in a suitable container, large enough so you can stir it up and not spill.
Store the mixture in a glass or other suitable jar, sealed tightly.
The person who sent this in used cotton balls pulled apart enough to cover and fill a shallow dish or jar lid. Then poured the solution in to fill the lid, and saturate all of the cotton. Place this lid in the area of the ant hill, or where you are finding the ants.
DO NOT LET YOUR ANIMALS OR CHILDREN GET AT THIS – KEEP IT AWAY FROM THEM.