Recipe for a Homemade Ant Bait Using Peanut Butter and Borax

Updated on October 12, 2013

The weather is getting warmer and we've gotten a little bit of rain.

Spring is here! Hooray!

So are those pesky ants! Every year we fight a battle to keep our home ant free, without nasty chemicals! I just recently found some very nice recipes that have worked like a charm!

First thing you must remember is to NOT wipe away the ant trail. You want them to find your bait quickly and the best way to do this is set it out on an existing trail. 

Ants are generally only looking for three things in your home. One is a source of water, not something you really want to use for a trap. Another thing they are searching for is a source of protein. This can be as simple as a spoonful of peanut butter. The final thing they look for is a sugar source, like jam or honey. Several sources suggest you find out what they want and then make your bait. I suggest making a little of each and then set them out for the ants.

Now for the recipes!

Recipe One (Protein Source)

Take one teaspoon of peanut butter and mix it with two teaspoons of borax. You can put this into a container with a lid. Like one of those containers they sell the sliced meat in at the deli. Punch several holes in the lid and place the trap near the ant trail. Be sure to place the trap where your animals and children can not get it as borax is not something that should be ingested!

Recipe Two (Sugar Source)

Mix warm water and 1 teaspoon of honey together. Once this is blended add 2 teaspoons of borax. Stir together to make a paste. Put this mixture in a container like the protein source and put out for the ants. You can also use jams or jellies for this trap.


If the ants are dying in the trap reduce the borax, you want them to carry the bait to their nest so the invasion stops.

If the ants are just eating the bait and getting fat, increase the borax.

If you are lucky enough to know where the nest is boil some water and pour over the nest slowly. Do this three times the first day and then once a day for the next three days. If you have fire ants after the water boils add 1/4 cup of dish soap and then pour on the nest.

Good luck! I hope this helps you enjoy the Spring!


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      to Ants 4 months ago

      Yes, ants can walk over Borax without issue, that's why we make a bait that they EAT. Ants ingest the Borax which causes them to die. If you want a physical barrier to keep ants at bay, use diatomaceous earth (which is also a white powder, like Borax), which is low toxicity and is like broken glass to ants... it scraps their exoskeleton and makes them die-- only thing is if it gets wet, it no longer works.

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      Ants 9 months ago

      Borax does nothing to ants they walk in it it doesnt do anything to them

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      I have to try this, but my ants are not in the house but Fire Ants in my yard.

      But I will try the peanut butter and borax.

      Thank you for this info.

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      samantha 3 years ago

      I finally figured out that my home invaders turned out to be protein seeking, after two ant bait fails. Now to see if they begin to disappear...!

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      Lisa 5 years ago

      I respect the ant. I can't kill anything. Mine are kind enough to turn around and go home, when I remove whatever they are eating from the floor.

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      Aimee 6 years ago

      Thank you for the feedback! Let me know how your battle with the ants goes! Good luck!

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      Sandi 6 years ago from Greenfield, Wisconsin

      What great ideas. I have become obsessed with ants as we seem to have so many of them building their nests in the back yard and invading our home!! I'm always walking around with a can of ant killer. Now I can make my own ant killer. Thanks!

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      FishAreFriends 6 years ago from Colorado

      This is great, ants have always been annoying and this stuff seems like it would work...and its cheap, too!