HOMEMADE ANT REPELLANT

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum Beautiful and Beloved, PREVENTATIVE, Asiatic Black Sisters!

Every year, my kitchen is infiltrated by ants. I hate it. Especially, if I’m in the middle of cooking and an ant materializes, seemingly out of thin air. I HATE IT! I have to kill it and wash my hands and go back to cooking feeling contaminated. Last Summer, I started baking cookies to sell and this year I started baking pies too, so I could not go through worrying about ants showing up and contaminating my treats.

So, a while ago, my neighbor had roaches, and the manager came and put down some type of professional exterminator pellets, that the roaches would take back to their nest and it would kill the ones who had not even shown up in my bathroom. It worked beautifully. So, instead of waiting for the ants to show up, I decided to try a preventative solution, so I wouldn’t even have to worry about trying to kill them while I’m cooking. I’ll kill them before they even make it into the kitchen!

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I looked online for some professional bug killer and found something similar to what he had but it was $30! I was not expecting to spend that kind of money on bug killer. So, I kept looking but they were all about the same price. I concluded that I would have to come up with a Plan B.

My father is an apartment owner and he told me along time ago that Borax works for roaches, so I thought it might work on ants too. I looked online and found that it does, but you have to add some sort of sweetener to entice the ants to the Borax. I tried honey at first mixed with a little Borax and spread it across the bottom of my back door entrance into my kitchen where the ants usually enter. Put it wherever you need to. But if it is somewhere accessible to children, or somewhere difficult to reach, I would recommend using a small container.

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It worked like a charm, but when the weather warmed up, the honey liquified and separated from the Borax. I just looked online and saw that if you use honey, put it in a little container. Next I tried sugar, that worked too. Next time, I’m going to add water to make a syrup. I think they might like that better.

After a few weeks I would see one or two ants in the kitchen, so I just cleaned up the Borax and put down a fresh dose. I used 50/50 Borax and Sugar. And that worked fine.

I got my Borax from the hardware store for $10 a can. I didn’t even think about using Laundry Borax. It works just as well (from what I’ve read) and costs much less.

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