Borax for Ants

To get rid of ants inside your home or outside in your garden can be a difficult task.  They can come from your windows and doors if they aren’t sealed properly.  Prevention is the first step but if an infestation is already occurred then this can be solved by using the right techniques.  Using borax for ants and ant control is a great natural way to rid your home of these insects.

What is Borax?

Borax also known as sodium tetraborate, is a compound of boron, which is a naturally occurring mineral powder, and a salt of boric acid. This powder is typically mined and found deep underground.  The powder is usually a white fine powder like table salt but can be as fine as powdered sugar at normal temperatures doesn’t have any odor. This powder is easily dissolved in water.

It is used in many household products because of its ability to use Boron, to bind to enzymes and alter their activity.  This binding to enzymes gives it great anti fungal and antibacterial properties.  This is also why it is makes a great poison for ants.

Borax Ant Killer How it Works

Using borax for ants and is a common way to kill and get rid of ants and ant colonies.  What happens to an ant when it eats is that when the ants consume the bait with this ant killer in it and brings it back to the nest and share it with the rest of the colony.  Once the insect digests Borax the active compound, Boron, will bind to the gut enzymes and which prevents digestion and will starve the insect to death.

How to Get Rid of Ants with Borax

To get rid of ants with borax it’s best to mixture with a bait, like sugar.  Ants like sugar and sugary substances so this is a perfect bait.  It is most effective when mixed with the sugar into a gel or paste.

How Long Does It Take for Ants to Die from Borax?

An ant will gather it and start sharing it to the rest of the nest can take a few days or a few weeks depending on the size of the colony. A single ant that consumes it will die within 24 – 48 hours due to starvation and digestion issues.

Borax Ant Traps

Many commercial ant traps products contain the active ingredient Borax.  They are very similar to the DIY ant traps below but have perfected the bait that is used to kill ants or get rid of ants in the home or in the yard.  Our tests show that Terro’s Liquid Ant Baits and Ant traps were the #1 most effective treatment. You can find TERRO Liquid Bait Ant Killer in our recommended products.

Homemade Borax Ant Killer and Ant Trap

Home remedies to get rid of ants in the house or yard which we have evaluated.  Some are more effective than others.  The list below is ranked by the effectiveness of each homemade ant trap.

Most Effective Ant Traps:

  1. Commercial Product: Terro Ant Trap
  2. Borax ant traps made with sugar and dissolved in water

Somewhat or Not Effective Traps:

  1. Borax mixed with Honey
  2. Jelly and Borax
  3. Mixed with Peanut Butter
  4. Dry Powdered Confectioner’s Sugar and Borax

These results show that the best outcomes were achieved with the very sugary makeup with liquid or gel like consistency.  The experiment shows that the insect poison can be dissolved in water it is ideal for making the most effective homemade bait.

DIY Borax Ant Traps and Bait

From our results above you can see that the best DIY ant trap is the borax and sugar dissolved in water.  Commercial bait traps are not that expensive and not that much more, if at all, cost effective as a do it yourself trap.  Below are the instructions on how to make the most effective DIY ant bait product.

All supplies and instructions can be found in our Homemade Ant Traps and Ant Killer.

Supplies Needed:

Amounts to make Borax Homemeade Ant Killer:

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Borax
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • Paper towels, cotton balls or anything that could soak up the solution.

Note: Before starting, please use proper safety equipment like gloves and glasses because it is harmful to humans as well as exposure to the skin.  Also, make sure you keep out of reach of children or anyone since it is dangerous for humans to consume.

Steps for DIY Ant Trap and Bait:

  1. Heat water till it is almost to a boil.
  2. Mix 1 1/2 tablespoons of Borax with water and stir until completely dissolved.
  3. Mix 1/2 cup of sugar with water and stir until completely dissolved.
  4. Soak cotton balls or paper towels in the solution
  5. Place the cotton balls or paper towels on small pieces of plastic, so it doesn’t touch the floor, near trails or close to a large population of ants.

Borax for Ants Outside

To sprinkle borax on ant hills isn’t as effective as if mixing it with a bait, like sugar mixed with water.  Using borax for ants by sprinkling it around a perimeter to deter ants will most likely will not kill the ant pile effectively as other solutions.  Also, it kills plants and the surrounding environment.  Avoid this placing it directly onto the ground.  Try placing the bait solution on small plastic strips or pieces of plastic.

Borax for Ants in the House

Sugar and starches attract ants but borax has little effect on attracting the insects.  Alone this powder will not attract ants, to ensure you get rid of the ants it is important to mix it with something they are attracted to like sugar.  Using a mixture of sugar and water mixed will create a nice bait gel.   Do not place the solution directly on the ground.  The solution should be placed in the path of the ants.

Is Borax Safe for Pets?

No, Borax ant killer is not safe for animals or pets.  It does have a low toxicity for people and animals, but is till toxic.  It is toxic to animals as well as dogs and cats.  Due to the toxicity towards animals, use should be avoided near animals or where animals might be in the future.  It is both harmful if ingested and cause skin irritation if touched.  For alternatives, please see our pet safe homemade ant killers.

Is Borax Safe for Children and People?

No, it is not safe for children or human consumption.  According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, fatal doses for humans are variously estimated to be 5 to 6 g for children and 10 to 25 g for adults. Association with skin, eye, or respiratory irritation is also common. It is also important to point out that exposure to it may impair fertility or cause damage to an unborn child.

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