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Property Management and the Dreaded Ants

ants-focusedProperty Management in the Portland Oregon area inevitably leads to a discussion about “ants”.

Here is our recipe for getting rid of those pesky ants that come every spring and summer.

Mix up the solution, pack cotton balls in a jar cover/lid, pour the solution on and they will be gone.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons boric acid
  • 3 cups warm water



  1. Mix the sugar and boric acid well.
  2. Add the warm water slowly, mixing all the while so it won’t be too lumpy.
  3. Store in a jar until ready to use.
  4. When ready to use, put cotton into the top of a jar lid to fill it and then saturate the cotton to the top.
  5. Place it in the location where it is needed.
  6. Note: This solution will keep for a long while. A good technique is to drip a drop or two over the edge of the lid to rest on the counter so the ants will find the solution sooner. It sometimes takes a little while for them to find it, but find it they will. When they do, do not disturb them as they drink. They will hang over the edge of the lid and drink for a while and then take it back to the nest killing the colony. Almost overnight they will be gone.


WARNING: We have been warned that this solution could be toxic to your domestic and/or backyard pets/animals. If you have cats, dogs, chickens or anything roaming freely you should contain this solution into a glass jar or container with a lid – poke nail holes in the lid so the ants can still get in but the other animals cannot get to the solution. To read more about this solution go to:


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