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Sugar Ant Hotel

Sugar Ant Hotel

The ants go marching one by one into this homemade sugar ant hotel. We make three to six of them every ant season—a family tradition—and place a few in the kitchen, and wherever else ants like to frequent. These ant-trap hotels completely rid our house of these common spring and summer pests, but I also have a nontoxic ant spray up my sleeve, which I share, here, too.

Sugar Ant Hotel

  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 cup sugar

  • 4 shallow glass jars with screw tops (small jar of marinated artichoke heart jars are ideal)
  • 4 loose wads of toilet paper

In a bowl, mix the borax and sugar. Place a loose wad of toilet paper into each of four different screw-top jars. Pour a quarter of the sugar and borax mixture into each of the four jars, over the toilet paper. Fill each jar with water to one inch of the top. Screw the lids on the jars, and with a hammer and nail, make four to eight holes in the lid. Place the jars in areas where you have ants (but keep away from pets and children).

This ant trap will catch the workers but not the queen. A more comprehensive solution is to blend 1/4 cup of confectioner’s sugar and one tablespoon of borax and sprinkle it in ant traffic areas. There is not enough borax with this method to kill the worker ants immediately, so they take it back to the nest, ultimately eradicating it. (If the worker ants do die at the powder, cut back on the borax.)

Caution: Keep borax products away from pets and other animals.

Citrus Solvent Spray
Place 1/4 cup of citrus solvent (such as Citra Solve) in a spray bottle, and add 2 cups of water. Spray in areas where there are ants. This works!

There are also a number of herbs such as mint and pennyroyal, and spices such as cayenne pepper, that repel ants.

Read more: Pets, Pests

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4:20AM PDT on Jul 7, 2015

I tried the borax and sugar as well. My whole yard this year seemed to be nothing but ant hills. I managed to get rid of the indoor ants by making sure that every little spot under that base boards was full of silicone. Once I did that I never saw an indoor ant again, but outside was another story. I tried putting the sugar and borax out in a jar lid, but the moisture in the air would turn it to rock in a matter of a day or two so I finally gave up.

1:47AM PST on Jan 31, 2015

Thank u

8:19AM PDT on Sep 29, 2014

I will try this the next time I have ants.

8:19AM PDT on Sep 29, 2014

I will try this the next time I have ants.

12:32PM PST on Nov 26, 2013

The hardest part is to let them take the bait back to the nest.....eventually it will kill the colony.

11:22PM PDT on Oct 17, 2013

Thank you for sharing this

3:41PM PDT on Aug 9, 2013

I'm new to FL and the house is new as well. We don't ever leave food, drinks, etc. anywhere but we've recently found "ghost ants" or "crazy ants". They're really tiny and hard to see. Can't tell where they come from---they just appear. I'll try the above mentioned tactic but is anyone else familiar with these or how to get rid of them? Thanks.

5:50PM PDT on Jun 16, 2013

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11:03AM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

We did try the borax/sugar mixture one year when we had ants in the kitchen. It eventually did work, but I will admit, there was a mixture of horror and fascination watching the continuous trail of ants from the baseboard to the kitchen counter(!) and back down, and then having to wait it out. The hardest part was not being able to intervene (kill the little buggers) and keeping all cats, dogs or kids away from them in the meantime. Somewhere I read that cinnamon sticks are a natural repellant, so I put those in all the kitchen drawers and cabinets, just in case a few stragglers got other ideas.

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