A Forgotten Treasure

Being a farmer for a good number of years, I’ve had my fair share of pest problems. Ants, in particular, seem to be a never-ending battle. But fear not, for there is a solution that has been around for over a century – 20 Mule Team Borax.

First things first, what is 20 Mule Team Borax? Well, it’s a powder cleanser that’s been around since 1891. It’s made from a naturally occurring mineral called boron and is commonly used as a laundry detergent booster. But, as I’ve discovered, it’s also a powerful weapon against ants and other pesky insects.

You see, ants are attracted to sugar and anything sweet. So, if you want to get rid of them, you need to create a bait that they’ll be unable to resist. Here’s where the 20 Mule Team Borax comes in – mix it with sugar and water to create a deadly concoction that will eliminate those pesky ants.

Now, before we go any further, let’s talk about safety. Borax is a naturally occurring mineral, but that doesn’t mean it’s completely harmless. You should always wear gloves and a mask when handling it, and keep it away from children and pets.

Back to the fun stuff – creating your own ant-killing mixture! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of 20 Mule Team Borax
  • 1 1/2 cups of warm water

Mix everything together until the sugar and borax have dissolved. Then, soak cotton balls or a piece of paper towel in the mixture and place them near where you’ve seen the ants. The ants will take the bait back to their colony and share it with the others, ultimately killing the entire colony.

Now, if you’re anything like me, you might be wondering if this mixture will also attract other insects. The good news is that it doesn’t seem to attract anything else besides ants. So, you can use it without worrying about creating a new pest problem.

But, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can also use 20 Mule Team Borax to control other insects. For example, you can sprinkle it around your plants to deter slugs and snails. Just be sure to keep it away from the plants themselves, as it can be harmful to them.

In conclusion, 20 Mule Team Borax is a great tool to have in your pest control arsenal. It’s effective, affordable, and has been around for over a century. Just remember to use it safely and keep it away from children and pets. And who knows, maybe one day we’ll be able to market it as “Ant-Killing Borax – Accept No Imitations!”

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