Do not eat! In the fall, when they are not interested in sugary baits, many types of home-invading ants will feed this poisoned peanut butter 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-pound spread tub with a tight-fitting lid, for storing the bait
A stirrer you never want to use in the kitchen again
A one-teaspoon measure for measuring poison.
Small (2-inch or so) pieces of cardboard or plastic, to use as bait trays
Label the tub "ant bait". Measure the peanut butter into the tub.
In an outdoor work area, measure the boric acid powder into the tub. Label the tub.
Stir thouroughly, until the boric acid powder is mixed throughout.
Optional: use a few drops of food color to give the bait an odd "do not eat" color.
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 a permanent marker.
Use the stirrer to put a small smear of poisoned peanut butter 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, add more boric acid and try again.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (1g)|
|Recipe Makes: 33.3|
|Calories from Fat: 3 (75%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 0.3g||0 %|
|Saturated Fat 0.1g||0 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0.2g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 0.1g|
|Cholesterol 0mg||0 %|
|Sodium 3mg||0 %|
|Potassium 4.2mg||0 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 0.1g||0 %|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0 %|
|Sugars, other 0.1g|
|Protein 0.2g||0 %|
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Calories per serving: 4
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