Arsenic and Old Lace

Arsenic and Old Lace
Death Valley Putty

Death Valley Putty

So, being a cook doesn’t always mean being good, and today is an example. Spring, which has brought neither warmth yet, nor tulips, nor beloved nettles, has brought ants. They showed up in my kitchen yesterday, and it pains me to say that I do have a recipe to fix that. If you don’t mind the bad ant karma that might come your way, you can make some too! It’s done with basic household ingredients and is very easy to make. Once stirred into a nice putty, it can be formed into pea-sized balls and pressed near the paths of those unsuspecting workers. Made from honey, sugar and borax (that salt that comes from Death Valley), the ants will happily eat it up for its sweetness, then take the deadly salt back to the nest, where (sad to say) it will make raisins of everyone. Be careful, that the tiny blobs of death are not in a place where your dog or cat can lick it up.

 

A Delicious but Deadly Snack for Ants1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon sugar

1-2 tablespoons borax

Place the honey and sugar in a bowl and microwave until it begins to bubble. Stir in enough borax to make a thick putty, then cool enough to handle. Form into pea-sized balls and press onto surfaces near ant activity. They will gather ’round and take care of the rest themselves. The ants may clear up the whole thing, but if not, keep the putty there for a few days at least.

 

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