Twenty Mule Team Borax

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.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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1 Response to Twenty Mule Team Borax

  1. Shanti K Khalsa says:

    I am so glad it worked for you! Like you said, you still have to leave out a trap because new ants keep moving back into the neighborhood. But yes, it does desiccate them and poof! They are gone.

    Love to you both

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