If you have small children or pets, using pesticides may be dangerous. In such a case you might decide to us a natural alternative. It is possible to get rid of odorous ants with Borax.
Borax is a mineral that has a wide range of uses. From clothing detergent to cosmetics, Borax is in almost everything. One of its lesser known qualities is pest control.
What makes it so beneficial for insect control specifically is its low toxicity to humans and small animals. This makes it a very safe choice as an in home pesticide.
With so many ant species, they can sometimes be difficult to identify. Carpenter ants are sometimes misidentified as odorous. This article should help you easily determine the difference between odorous and carpenter ants.
Lets take a close look at an odorous ant:
- Uneven Thorax: The middle section called the thorax is uneven. Under a microscope from head to tall the thorax will appear to have a step down.
- 4 Segment Tail: The end is divided into 4 sections that should be easy to see with the naked eye.
- Hidden Node: Between the thorax and the tail is a very small hidden node that is barley visible.
They love sweets
Just like most insects these ants love sweets. Any food that has a high sugar content will attract odorous ants. This gives us an opportunity to devise a bait.
By mixing sweets like honey, sugar and syrup with Borax we are able to create a bait. Because ants have a worker mind set they may not identify the bait as poison right away.
They first scout out food, then alert others. The ant form a line shipping the bait into their nest, hopefully killing the colony.
How to Get Rid of Odorous Ants with Borax Bait
The biggest mistake you can make is using to much Borax. The scout ant must live long enough to be able to make it back to the nest and tell the others about the bait. They also must not be able to taste the Borax.
You can avoid this by using a 3:1 ratio, bait to borax.
Borax Bait Recipe
A combination of a few very simple sweets should be enough to entice any ant. For odorous ants, we don’t want to hold back. The best DIY odorous ant bait recipe is as follows:
- 4 tablespoons of jelly
- 6 tablespoons honey
- 3/4 teaspoon Borax
- Scotch tape
- Mix all three ingredients, making sure to blend in the borax.
- Tear off a piece of scotch tape and place where you want to set bait.
- Put a small dab of the mix on the tape
- Pull off and dispose of tape after some time
Using tape is a great way to reduce the mess and have easy clean up. This is oppose to the usual method of placing bait on bare surfaces.
Check the bait from time to time. You should hopefully see a trail of ants from the bait leading to their nest. DON’T kill them, allow them to bring the bait home. This way they can poison the entire colony.