How To Make Homemade Ant Killer, Sprays and Traps

There are lists of non toxic and homemade ways to get rid of ants in the home or outside.  Our guide contains the following homemade ant killer, sprays and traps:

  • Borax Homemade Ant Killer and Ant Traps
  • Diatomaceous Earth Homemade Ant Killer
  • Baking Soda Homemade Ant Traps
  • Vinegar Homemade Ant Spray

Borax Homemade Ant Killer and Ant Traps

This homemade ant killer is the most effective on this list.  Borax is main ingredient in the best ant control products.  You can do it yourself or for about the same price you can purchase our #1 recommended product Terro Ant Bait Traps.  For detailed information about how borax works to kill ants and safety information please see our information about Using Borax for Ants.

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 Borax 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.

Diatomaceous Earth Homemade Ant Killer

This non toxic homemade ant killer is one of the best ways to deter and kill ants.  This is a white powder made from fossilized microscopic-algae that kills ants and other pests once in contact with the outer exoskeleton of the ant. It is not harmful to humans or pets. This is one of the most effective ways to kill ants naturally.  For more about killing ants naturally in our detail article about homemade diatomaceous earth ant killer.

Diatomaceous Earth Ant Killer Step by Step Instructions:

Supplies for Dry Application:

Steps for Diatomaceous Earth Dry Application:

Dry application is best used when ants are traveling on flat ground.  Use a wet application in areas that they are traveling vertically on walls.

  1. Identify flat areas around your house or outside that have ant hills, ant trails, entry points and the food source that the ants are traveling towards.
  2. Sprinkle diatomaceous earth for ants around these areas using a sifter or a duster for more targeted areas.
  3. After applying the homemade ant killer treatment observe if it has deterred the ants or they are taking another route to the food source. Repeat if necessary.

Supplies for Wet Application:

Steps for Diatomaceous Earth Wet Application:

Use a wet application for ant hills, ant trails and walls because this application is best for more precise or hard to reach areas.

  1. Find either flat or vertical areas on walls around your house or outside that have ant trails.
  2. Add 1 gallon of warm water into a spray container.
  3. Add ¼ cup of Diatomaceous Earth to the 1 gallon of hot to warm water.
  4. Apply to areas and for best results, use a spray bottle for accuracy.

Baking Soda Homemade Ant Traps

Baking soda ant traps natural homemade ant killer and if mixed with something that attracts them like using sugar as a bait then you have yourself a great homemade ant trap.  The ants will be attracted to the sugar and while consuming the sugar they will digest the baking soda which reacts with their digestive system causing them do die.  You can find out in detail how this works in our article about Baking Soda for Ants.

Baking Soda Homemade Ant Traps Step by Step Instructions:


Steps for homemade baking soda ant trap:

  1. Mix dry powdered sugar with baking soda
  2. Mix 1 1/2 tablespoons of Borax with water and stir until completely dissolved.
  3. Place mixture on piece of paper
  4. Place homemade ant traps near trails or close to a large population of ants.

Vinegar Homemade Ant Spray

Vinegar is a natural way to inhibit or in some cases instantly kill ants.  It is best used as a repellent for ants and to act as a deterrent.  If you’d like to see our in depth article about Using Vinegar To Kill Ants.

Vinegar homemade Ant Spray Step by Step Instructions:


Steps Homemade Vinegar Ant Spray:

  1. Mix Water with Apple Cider or White Vinegar
  2. Put mixture into spray bottle
  3. Spray and wipe the trail of ants.
  4. Spray homemade ant spray around food source and entry point

Directions for Applying Ant Spray:

Use vinegar homemade ant spray thoroughly around sources of attraction and where ants are getting into the home. Clean around all food sources, scent trails and all entry points.  To use as a repellent, spray along the baseboard and in a 6 foot area around the entry points.


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