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Frugal Friday ~ Effective Homemade Ant Bait

I don’t know how it is in your neck of the woods, but out here in Eastern Iowa it seems to be a bad year for ants. I’ve got ants coming into my house and I don’t like it. I also don’t like using pesticides, though, so I started googling and found out that I can make my own homemade ant bait that isn’t toxic to humans but is deadly to ants!

The best part: it’s super easy to make, it uses ingredients I have on hand, it’s frugal AND all natural!

homemade ant bait

How to Make Effective Homemade Ant Bait

Making your own effective homemade ant bait is very easy, and I bet you have the ingredients in your pantry too! To make your own homemade ant bait, mix together equal parts of powdered sugar and baking soda and then add a small amount of dry active yeast. The sweet sugar attracts the ants and the baking soda essentially blows them up! I’m not sure what the yeast does, but I read on several sites to include it in the mix so I have. It’s working quite well at my house!

The Recipe

  • 1 TBS powdered sugar
  • 1 TBS baking soda
  • 1 tsp dry active yeast

Mix it all together and set it wherever your ants are getting in!

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That’s it! Have you tried a homemade bug bait? I’d love to hear your opinions!


Kayli Schattner

Friday 18th of April 2014

I am loving all of your DIY cleaning products. I always try to only bring the best, most natural ingredients into my home, so this is amazing! Thanks!

Dianna @ The Kennedy Adventures

Friday 21st of February 2014

We have a huge problem with ants, every year -- they make me insane! Like you, I hesitate to use strong chemicals, because we have kids and pets in the house. Ours have been a pain in the butt to get rid of.

I'll try this recipe this spring and see how it works. Thanks a bunch!

I think we've chatted on Twitter before? I'm stopping by today from the BYB challenge!

Michelle Marine

Monday 24th of February 2014

Yes - we have chatted before! I'm not sure where though, but I recognize your name and blog. :-) Let me know how the ant bait works out for you. <3

Ramon Martinez

Tuesday 14th of January 2014

I tried making this ant bait because in my village which used to be a sugar plantation farm, there are ants everywhere. And just like you, I don't want to use pesticides These stuff really works, I tell you. You ought to try these!


Friday 10th of January 2014

Wow, thanks for this tip. I get ants in the Summer, I will try it out.


Wednesday 8th of January 2014

This is brilliant!

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