When we lived up north, most of the homes in the area were either wedged between Granite or built on sand. Our house happened to be on sand with a smattering of granite boulders throughout. Our ant infestation was not anything new to that house. When we first moved in we noticed in the basement, one wall had a pile of dead ants. So we were expecting to have a few but the black ants were crazy! I open up my cupboards one morning and they scurried from sight. Yuck! Ruined a perfectly good jar of honey too. I opened the jar up to see that half the colony decided to take a swim in honey and drowned.
I remember my grandparents used RAID for everything. It may kill the bugs but it could kill me too! I remember gagging on the stuff. The aresol cans aren't easily recycled either. So off I went to research how to make my own ant dispatcher recipe and found one pretty easily.
ANT KILLER RECIPE
2 Tablespoons Borax
2 Tablespoons Sugar
1 Teaspoon of Honey
2 Cups boiling Water
Mix all ingredients together until the liquid becomes clear and the sugar and borax have dissolved completely. Pour into a sprayer bottle and spray along the entrance ways of where you normally see the ants travel.
I tried using deterrents like cinnamon first. Ants do not like the smell or feel of it but these super ants. They became used to it quickly enough so I had to go to the Ant Dispatcher instead. They love the sugar and the honey which is what attracts them. When they ingest the sweetness they ingest the Borax at the same time. Once eaten by the ants it causes them to have gas build up in their systems. This is not something that an ant can get rid of like a human. They die from it because they cannot expel it. Makes you feel glad you can burp now doesn't it? They take the bait back to their nest and it is eaten by other ants as well. Your ant problem should be about 90% gone within a few days. Worked for me. If you see them coming back just squirt a little more of the Borax Sugar Mixture near the problem spots. Remember to label your bottle too!
Word of warning: Be prepared to have to wash your floors and baseboards later in the Fall. The dust likes to collect on the sugar mixture and stick. Meh...I wanted to do a big clean anyways.