Killing Grease-Eating Ants with Borax: Trial Two

Well, the grease-eating ants are still in my kitchen. It’s been more than six weeks now. I would think they’d get tired and go away by now or something. Stupid ants. The cat food mixed with borax seemed to work, but then the ants came back, and now they won’t even touch the cat food. So I’m looking for some other grease item they will like. Having had some bacon for breakfast, I thought I’d give bacon grease a try, because who doesn’t like bacon?

I mixed the grease with borax and set it out by the sink where I seem to always see ants walking around.
They're all pointedly ignoring it.

Nothing. They didn’t touch it at all. Dang. What will these infuriating ants eat? Maybe I should try some actual meat. What kind of meat would mix with borax? Ground beef? Deviled ham in a can? I’ll have to make a trip to the grocery store for some inspiration.

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3 Responses to Killing Grease-Eating Ants with Borax: Trial Two

  1. Lauren says:

    Well, you might hate those ants, but at least they are showing an aptitude for learning.

    ….. and growing stronger.

  2. Carol says:

    I think I heard this recipe on TV as I was drifting off to sleep last night:

    1. open a can of SPAM…
    2. roll the block of lardmeat in Borax…
    3. set out in location where you have seen ants for consumption by said grease-eating ants.
    4. If this is still ineffective, consider selling your home and moving.

    ‘Course, I coulda’ heard wrong, too…it was late…

  3. Linda says:

    Wrote to the state university entomologist department and sent them enlarged pictures of my ants and described their food preferences and behavior. Some ants food choices change and when bait works the hard to kill varieties get smart and stop eating it. They said they were not normal household ants but an invasive tropical variety that is difficult to get rid of. Said not to put down sprays or do anything but to mail them some suspended in alcohol in leak proof jar to be identified. Otherwise they might split off and make a bunch of new colonies. So I’ll mail some tomorrow and see what their professional plan is. They can recommend what to do. Universities from someone’s home state will do this for free. Thought I’d post this if anyone else stumbles on this page with a bad ant problem.

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