Today, you will be hearing from my momma friend Katie!
She is a momma on a mission…a mission to eradicate ants.
Enjoy her post as she hilariously writes about her victory.
I hate ants. They are the worst thing about summer.
You’re outside, enjoying your children and the weather. You’re thinking, “What could go wrong? This day is perfect.” And the next thing you know, your son is screaming bloody murder because his leg is getting eaten up by ants.
Or maybe, your friend invites you to the splash pad last minute. So in an attempt to be that spur-of-the-moment mom, you toss your kiddos in the car only to slam on your breaks 10 feet out of the driveway because there are ants biting your sweet babies.
My personal favorite, or shall I say LEAST FAVORITE, is when you’re preparing a delicious dinner. As you do, a hard-working line of ants is crawling across your counter attacking a microscopic cookie crumb you didn’t realize was there. And forget about getting rid of them. Once those misfits get a taste of food, they keep coming back for more. Even when you clean, even when you spray.
I used to always slightly dread warmer weather because of ants. But not anymore.
I have finally found the secret weapon. The spray-no-more, enjoy-every-second-of-every-day, never-have-an-ant-in-your-car-again-even-if-you-lay-out-lucky-charms secret weapon. And I want to share it with you!
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Last year, ants invaded my car, invaded my life. I was 6 months pregnant and ants were ruining my summer. Every trip I took with my son I was sweeping them out of his seat, brushing them off my arm as I drove, and squashing them in my cup holder. I probably set a new speeding record for traveling from one end of the city to the other. My goal was always to be in the car as little as possible. Actually, now that I think about it, I should have had more tickets for speeding.
So, my thoughtful, concerned, loving husband cleaned my car. He swept, he wiped, he disinfected and so on. He even went so far as to spray my tires and doors with ant killer. Needless to say, the ants were still there. Perhaps even more of them. We desperately started scouring the internet for a solution with a simple list of non-negotiables:
1. It had to be safe for my child to breathe around
2. It had to be economically practical (I’m a cheap-o)
3. And the obvious… it had to kill those dastardly ants
I saw many recipes that claimed to be THE ANSWER to my problem… but there was really only one that seemed to fit all my criteria. It was the Borax & Sugar Ant Killer. This ant killer is a liquid, so after treating the ants, we don’t have to put on our gas masks and huddle in the closest bunker to wait for the mist to clear…CHECK. It probably cost me thirty cents to make and lasts for over a year… CHECK. And after ONE, just ONE application, I never saw those ants in my car again… HALLELUJIAH, CHECK!
**A side note to all you mommas out there who have children young enough to pick up bird poop and eat it without question: Borax is a natural pesticide and is a salt of boric acid. It has a low toxicity if ingested, but let’s go ahead and say… don’t let your kids eat it. For more information about Borax, here is a great article.
Below is the basic recipe for the Borax Ant Killer. Materials: · 1/2 cup sugar · 1 ½ tbsp. Borax (find in laundry aisle pretty much anywhere, but I got mine at Wal-Mart) · 2 cups water · Empty jar with lid (I used an old peanut butter jar) · Cotton balls · Tin foil/ coke bottle lids, milk lids, yogurt lids
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1. Boil water, then pour in empty jar
2. Add sugar and borax to hot water and stir until completely dissolved
3. Soak cotton balls with mixture and place on a small tin foil piece or old drinking lid
4. Place cotton ball wherever you have ants!
5. 24 hours later, get your summer back, your car back, your kitchen back!… ant free. 🙂
Note: The first time I did this recipe I added extra sugar… but that was only because I added extra Borax. What can I say, I just wanted them outta here. Also, it looks like the ants will be uninterested in the cotton ball, and you may even think it isn’t working. But trust me, they’ll take the bait. I always put mine out in the evening or in the morning, this way my sweet babies are less likely to go pick up the edible looking cotton ball. 🙂
Let me tell you. This stuff works. I was EXTREMELY skeptical, but even as the warm weather is returning and critters are waking from their winter sleep… I have still not had a single ant in my car.
Katie Short is a former teacher who seeks to honor God daily by loving her closest neighbors…her family. She has 2 small children and a husband who has gifted her with the joy of staying home. Katie enjoys gardening, playing outside with her son, rocking her sweet daughter, and cooking delicious gut-healing food.
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