Have ants found their way into your home? Looking to defeat them without toxic chemicals? Try this simple DIY Ant Trap! (Don’t miss the bonus Pesticide Powder recipe!)
DIY Ant Trap and Pesticide Powder
I no longer consider store-bought ant traps. We learned the hard way several years ago that those innocent-looking traps emit harmful vapors. This was back when we were extremely sensitive to chemicals. Several of the kids had reactions within hours after putting them on the floor.
My homemade ant trap is now doing the trick. It only takes a pinch of borax and a bit more sugar to bring an end to the invasion.
I use organic cane sugar and Borax. Any refined or unrefined sweetener will do.
DIY Ant Trap
1 tbsp. hot water
1 tbsp. honey or sugar
1/2 tsp. Borax
Place the ingredients in a small glass jar and shake to mix. Soak a cotton ball in the mixture, slightly squeeze out the excess liquid, and put the cotton ball on a small lid. Place the ant trap where you see the most ants. After the ants have disappeared, discard the trap. (Wash reuse lid if desired.) After eliminating the problem, I add some DIY Pesticide Powder to avert future activity.
DIY All-Purpose Pesticide Powder
1/2 c. bay leaves
1/2 c. peppermint leaves
1 1/2 tsp. each citrus peel, garlic powder, *diatomaceous earth, cayenne pepper, pyrethrum, salt
Grind the ingredients into a powder using a blender or mortar and pestle. Dust along affected areas.
*Diatomaceous earth(DE) is an excellent pest deterrent. Learn more about DE here.