Ants are a constant here in Florida. We have had trouble with them for over 20 years and this year it has been the same. We tried having a bug man come and treat the place and that works for most bugs and for ants for a short time if we are careful about crumbs. We have tried spraying around the baseboards, in and out and that works if you keep at it and are careful with crumbs. We always treat the ant hills on our land when we see them. In short we have tried everything but if we miss a sweet crumb or don’t seal a bag of sweets tight or get at all careless, the trail of ants are back. And of course the lone scout was always checking out the breakfast table. Well, when Shanti was here she noticed them and asked if we had tried Borax. She is very concerned about the environment so didn’t like the sprays if you can avoid them and she said they had a big ant problem also but when Byai Daya moved to San Francisco he had an awful ant problem and so he set out a dish with sugar water and borax in it and with in two weeks all the ants were gone and they have kept them all away with just a small dish of it since. I got right on Amazon and got a box of twenty mule team borax. It didn’t say anything about ants on it. It said it was good as a cleaning agent and great as a booster in your laundry. Norman said he had taken care of the ants by spraying so the box sat on the shelf until last week.
I had filled my sugar canister but had some sugar that would not fit so just rolled the top down on the bag and put it on the shelf. When Norman need some sugar for something he was making I told him to use the sugar in the bag and he found ants in the sugar. We tried to take them out but found there were lots of them under the sugar. Before he threw out the bag he took some of the sugar, mixed it with water and added some Borax to the solution and set the dish on the floor in the pantry. Within a day the floor was covered with ants. We moved everything away from the dish and just watched in amazement as more and more ants arrived. That week we got a few in the house on the counter and just washed those up but they kept coming to the dish in the pantry. Finally on the weekend the ants on the floor all looked dead so we cleaned those up and put down a clean dish of sugar water and borax. Some more ants came to the dish and died there but there has not been an ant in the house or pantry since and no more are coming to the dish. Norman put a small dish of sugar water and borax in the dinning room under the micro-wave but we have not seen a single ant there or on the dinning room table no matter how forgetful we are about crumbs. Also the small ant hills that were in the drive way between the cracks have all gone away, so just as Shanti said, they must take the borax back to the nest and killed off the queen so they all moved on to someone else’s land. I think we have finally solved the ant problem here. If you have ant problems try it. It is safe, easy and cheap!!
Have a good day.