How To Get Rid of Ants Naturally (without getting rid of your kids)

What am I doing with my Saturday night? Ant watching. Yes, this is my life. Keep your comments to yourselves. Here’s how this happened. A few weeks ago we started getting ants in our house. I don’t know if it’s our new house, Spring, or the fact that my kids drop crumbs everywhere, Hansel and Gretel style, but ants are popping up EVERYwhere. Not just in the kitchen. They're hanging out in closets, bathrooms, and even on my dresser. I draw the line at ants in my clothes, m'kay?

I’m pretty clean but a (pregnant, work-at-home, mom of three) girl can only do so much. Right now, the ants are winning.

But not for long.

They picked the wrong lady who’s just crazy enough to wage an all-out war on something one-gazillion times smaller than she is.

I’m not down with chemical bombing my house. I’m afraid of poisoning my family and no mom needs more momma guilt. So, natural methods it is.

True to my go big or go home style, I’ve been attacking these little #$%& with every natural pest alternative ever listed on the internet. I’ve peppered, white vinegar-ed, lemon essential oiled, boraxed, chalked…I’ve even searched Craigslist for anteaters. (In case you’re in the market, there are none for sale.)

The score is currently Me: 0 Ants: 20

I’m planning a serious come back.

Tonight I saw a blog post about borax-sugar paste being the be-all-end-all of ant termination. Supposedly the ants carry it back to their nest and kill their friends with it. Paste it is. Here’s what I did.

  1. Mix borax and sugar in a 1:3 ratio.
  2. Add a little water until it makes a paste.
  3. Take every Tupperware lid in the house and smear the paste on it.
  4. Set the lids everywhere there’s been ants.

Within a few minutes, I saw a few ants around the 11 traps I set. One ant dove in head first and a few minutes later took off, hopefully to tell his friends and family he hit the motherload. We’ll see what happens.

Supposedly, the result is few dead ants found around the traps and within a few weeks you're ant free because they carry it back to their little ant apartments and unknowingly kill off their entire tribe. I realize this sounds grim, but it doesn’t make me even a little sad. Is that weird?

I’m fine with bugs being outside. Well, kind of fine. When they come into my house, into my drawers, and on my cell phone? It’s on, friends. It’s on.

I’ll keep you posted.

Update (within 10 minutes): You Guys! One of my traps is attracting ants like a hot new club in NYC.


Eat up, boys. Eat up.

Update (24 hours later): There's dead ants in the traps. There's less ants going to the traps. There's WAY less ants all around the rest of the house. The borax-sugar mixture dried hard so I added more water to each of the traps and stirred it up a bit. This seems like it was a good move because there's been an increase in ants to each trap. So far, success.

Update (10 days later): Aside from one lost soldier here or there, there's nary an ant in site. This totally worked!