Get Rid of Ants in the Kitchen

Use this simple recipe to get rid of ants in the kitchen.

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Get rid of ants in the kitchen

Get rid of ants in the kitchen using this simple recipe.

This simple recipe using sugar, Borax and water will get rid of ants in the kitchen. Ants are cannibals. One ant will eat the mixture and die. Another will eat the dead ant and die. Eventually, you’ll get the whole nest.


  • 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup of Borax
  • Water


  1. Mix sugar with Borax and add enough water to make a syrup.
  2. Put this mixture in flat pans or jar lids and place them under counters and behind appliances, but out of reach of children and pets.

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Joe B: At camp I dip cotton balls in the syrup mixture, insert it in mason jars, and poke holes in the lid that are big enough for ants to crawl through. That way dogs can’t get it. Sort of like the Roach Motel. Any old jar with holes in the lid will do. Safe for pets. Well, unless your dog eats glass jars.

Geraldine R: I have pets and won’t use Borax but found last year that cinnamon sticks in the windows by screen and cinnamon sprinkles around the doors ‘n porch keep them out also…much safer for all animals!

  • For outside, I use 1tbsp.molasses mixed with 1 pkg. yeast. For inside I put bay leaves at entry points. I didn’t have ants all year.

  • Elaine

    The recipe I was given years ago calls for one package of dry yeast so the ant will blow up.


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