Homemade ant bait

Asked June 11, 2020, 6:15 PM EDT

What is an effective recipe for homemade bait for odorous ants? Some research that indicates the bait needs to be 1% to 2% boric acid to allow the ants to return with the bait to nest to feed to the queen. Since ant infestation is an ongoing household problem I would like to make my own bait rather than have to continuously buy commercial products as you recommend. Thank you.

Multnomah County Oregon

1 Response

Thank you for your question. Although OSU has no formula for ant bait, the following Extension article has a lot of information on ants, as well as controls: https://agrilifecdn.tamu.edu/aes/files/2014/06/Managing-Household-Ant-Pests.pdf We do not have the same ant species here as in Texas, but the recipe there has the necessary components. Good luck!