Do not eat! Many types of home-invading ants will gather this sugary syrup and feed it to their nestmates and queen, killing their colony within 10 days.
Boric acid is much safer than most pesticides, and nearly as safe as table salt, but the MSDS recommends "minimize exposure", so keep it away from food preparation surfaces and implements.
A 1-pint or bigger jar with a tight-fitting lid.
A stirrer you never want to use in the kitchen again
A one-tablespoon measure for measuring poison.
Small (2-inch or so) pieces of cardboard or plastic.
In an outdoor work area, measure the boric acid powder into the jar. Label the jar.
In the kitchen, make a simple syrup: Mix 1 cup water with 2 cups sugar in a small saucepan and heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves completely and you have a thick syrup.
Carry the saucepan out to your work area. Pour it into the jar and stir until the boric acid is thouroughly mixed with the syrup.
Prepare several small "bait trays" by cutting up cardboard, cutting the rims off plastic yogurt cups, etc. You may want to write "ant bait" on them with an permanent marker.
Use the stirrer to put several drops on each of the bait trays and put them where the ants are. Keep them off food preparation surfaces and be careful not to put them where children and pets can get to them.
If the ants keep coming back for more than 10 days, stir in more boric acid and try again.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (13g)|
|Recipe Makes: 100|
|Calories from Fat: 0 (0%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 0g||0 %|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 0g|
|Cholesterol 0mg||0 %|
|Sodium 0mg||0 %|
|Potassium 0.3mg||0 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 12g||4 %|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0 %|
|Sugars, other 12g|
|Protein 0g||0 %|
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Calories per serving: 46
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