The Ant Killer of Iloilo

Ants. Thousands of them. The amount of lizard poop on our kitchen counters at "The Compound" in Guimaras has significantly decreased, but ants? They're all over the place. Can't leave any food or drink unattended for more than 60 seconds before an ant army attacks. Some of them bite, too. Stings. Little suckers are annoying. However, thanks to some help from  Bob in Iloilo, who has a website, My Philippine Life, our itty-bity invaders are finally on the run. DSC

Bob was kind enough to send me an email in which he informed we where I could buy some borax that I needed for an ant killer recipe I had seen online. I couldn't find the stuff at Ace Hardware or any of my usual SM City haunts, but Bob informed me that he  bought his boric acid at Far Eastern Hardware on Quezon St. in Iloilo City. The stuff is called "Anti-Borax" Brazing Flux (see photo) and costs P115 (2.39 US Dollars) for a one pound can.

Well, it only took me two months after Bob's email that I got around to asking my brother-in-law Joery, who was going to Iloilo for an errand, if he could pick some up for us. After living in the Philippines for two years, I'm adjusting pretty well to Filipino Time. Joery knew where Far Eastern was located and purchased a can. I mixed a cup of water, 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 tablespoon of the flux in water. Heated the mixture in a tin can over our LPG burner for a couple of minutes to dissolve the sugar. Got some bottle caps from bottles of empty Nestle Green Tea in our recycling bin that my mother-in-law kept out back.

Poured some of the ant killer into the caps and set them out near our kitchen counter and CR (Comfort Room.) Put the leftover mixture into an empty jar, labeled it as "Ant Killer. Poison" and put it out of reach of the little ones that roam around here. Word quickly spread that there was some good stuff out. There were more ants drinking the stuff than crackheads at an Eminem concert. After a few hours the ranks of the ants significantly dwindled. By the next day, only saw a couple of strays roaming around. DSC

Now you have to be sure you don't put too much borax in your mix.  Otherwise the ants will OD before they get back home.You want the ants to naturally transport the bait back to the colony where other ants will ingest the bait and die. You'll find other recipes on the Internet, but this one is working for us. Thanks again to Bob from Iloilo. It's great to get rid of these ants. Now if I could just do something about my pesky mother-in-law!

10 comments

  1. Seems like I brought that to your attention some months back Dave! You must be lazy or had to wait untill them ants were driving you nuts…huh…

    1. Hi, Dan. I’m lazy or forgetful, or a combination of both. I kept forgetting to ask my brother-in-law to get the stuff at the hardware store. I like to think I am just adjusting to Filipino time the longer I’m here. 😉

  2. I lived in Georgia for a while as a youngster and I remember my father making a similar mix to rid us of and ant infestation there. Worked pretty good on the roaches, too.

    1. Works on roaches, too, johnfromflorida? We’ll have to try that out. There used to be some cockroaches in our back kitchen area big enough to ride to the Jordan Wharf on. Thanks for the tip.

    1. Hi Jifle! Yep, we’ve been using ant chalk for the past several month. While it was good for stopping the ants in a certain location for awhile, it wasn’t able to stop ants from showing up in great numbers in other locations we didn’t have chalk. The new ant killer formula seems to have done the trick. Thanks for the info.

  3. I used to buy some borax in a simple hardwarestore on the market. As far as I remember it came from a yellow can. Must be the same.
    Detail: the hardware store owner told me it was also used in the welding process (???). But mized with some sugar or honey or even peanutbutter it worked fine for us.

    And about your pesky mother-in-law, send her to lolo???

    1. Hi, Jan, yep, sounds like the same stuff, and it is used for welding. It’s working great for us. Finally glad to see those annoying ants gone.
      Hmmmm, send the mother-in-law to lolo? I’d like to, Jan, but they’ve been separated for years. Last time lolo was here, lola kicked in the door of the nipa hut he was staying in because she needed to get in there to retrieve something. She’s barely 5′ tall and weighs maybe 77 pounds.

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