Kid Safe [Pesticide Free] Ant Bait

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A few weeks ago, I took my toddler outside to play in the back yard. As I was setting up his little pool I noticed a nasty, disgusting swarm of ants making their nasty little home on my back patio. (I do NOT like bugs, if you can’t tell…) Barf. My very first instinct was to go get the heavy duty nuclear powered bug killer out of the garage and use every last drop. But then I remembered that my little 19 month old runs around bare foot, eats his snacks if they fall on the ground (probably eats dirt) and spends most of his day out in my back yard. So, spraying the entire back yard with bug killer was just not going to do. So naturally I instantly hopped online to find more “natural” ways of killing those nasty little ants. ( I sound like a terrible bug murderer…I just really do not like bugs one bit.)


Long story short I found a solution I was going to try. I had everything in my pantry that I needed! So I quickly got to work plotting my bug killing plan. It took me 30 seconds to make and and another 30 seconds to apply outside. And to my amazement the next day THEY WERE GONE!! WOOOPTIE WOOOT!!!! So here is the skinny on killing those ants. This recipe will kill the ants, the larvae and the queen. ( I have to admit I did feel bad killing an entire colony. But not bad enough that I didn’t want to do it.)

What you will need: (Please excuse the awful picture- I was in too big of a hurry to kill the ants to take a decent one of the ingredients).


  • 1/4 Cup Borax (Found in the laundry soap aisle)
  • 3/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Honey or Maple Syrup


(You do not need to use the dry mixture (powdered sugar) and the wet (honey/maple syrup) if you don’t want to. You can use one or the other. I chose to use both.)wetdry


Dry Directions: Mix 1/4 cup Borax with 3/4 cup powdered sugar. Mix until well combined. Once the ingredients are combined sprinkle it around where your ants are. They will quickly come to the mixture. My ants were swarming in the grass. So I thought it would be a good idea to sprinkle this all over the grass…. It WILL kill the ants BUT it will also kill your grass. My grass is happily growing back now but it will kill it for a couple of weeks. If you choose to put it in your grass try using a small tupperware lid or sprinkle it on the edge of the grass.

Wet Directions: Mix 1/4 cup Borax with 3/4 cups maple syrup or honey. I used maple syrup because it is so much cheaper and it worked great! Mix until well combined. Pour small puddles and lines around on concrete right on top of the ants-or very close to them. (Again, if putting it in your grass use a lid or piece of plastic. Do not put directly on the grass or other plants.) You will want a good size little puddle because it will dry up quickly on a hot day. Once the mixture is dried up it is easily washed off.

(This picture was taken the NEXT day! Boom. Ants gone!)



If you are against killing bugs and this post offended you, I sincerely apologize! BUT it works great! I have not seen more than 1 or 2 ants on my back patio since that day! Wahoo! Ant Free=Awesome. Right in time for your 4th of July Picnics!Ā 

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Want another great way to keep bugs out??? Try this awesome magnetic bug screen for your doors! Super easy to instal and great to keep those pesky flies out this summer!

Original recipe found here.Ā 

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22 thoughts on “Kid Safe [Pesticide Free] Ant Bait

  1. Linda at Mixed Kreations says:

    I’ve seen the recipe with borax around but haven’t tried it before. I wonder if it would kill fire ants too. I’m sorry but I wouldn’t feel guilty at all for killing them. I need to give this a try. Pinning!

    • Momsbagoftricks says:

      I would imagine it would kill fire ants as well! It sure killed my ants fast! Let me know if you try it and it works for your fire ants!!! Thanks for stopping by- and for pinnnig šŸ˜‰

  2. Lauren says:

    I am going to try this! We get ants so bad in the summer and I hate using chemicals to get them away, esp since my two kids are ALWAYS outside! pinning now!

  3. Rebecka says:

    This is great. We have yet to have an ant problem in our condo but I remember a summer at my sister’s house where we had cinnamon sprinkled at all the ant entrances. Ants don’t like walking on cinnamon.

  4. Brittany says:

    I love this because I hate using pesticides! It just seems so unsafe with our kids and pets constantly around it. I will be trying this out! Thanks for the tip! Pinned!

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