There is no end to the list of pests that can create havoc and headaches. Once these little buggers make it inside your home, they can make your life less than peaceful. Most of the time, the pest problems that one experiences are attributable to rodents, roaches, termites or ants; though there are a plethora of other culprits to be on the lookout for. Getting rid of these annoying creatures can be a process fraught with problems, especially if you are concerned about the well-being of your family or household pets and how pesticides might adversely affect them. Luckily there are quite a few natural solutions to these issues which are completely harmless to children and domestic animals while being deadly to household invaders.
One such natural solution for pest control is the use of boric acid. Boric acid is an odorless compound, a non-volatile material that is much safer that it’s hazardous synthetic contemporaries in the same product category. To put things into prospective, boric acid’s toxicity is akin to that of table salt. While boric acid is generally accept as safe to use around the household due to the minimal risk it poses to humans and their pets, boric acid is without question fatal to its intended targets: roaches, ants, termites, silverfish and waterbugs.
When it comes to boric acid’s application, you have options. Boric acid comes in multiple forms and thus can be used in different situations accordingly. In powder form, boric acid can be applied to those hard to reach areas that you know your unwanted friends like to hide in. Examples of such locations include underneath and behind appliances, in pluming voids, in drawer wells of cabinets, in cracks around your windows, doors, baseplate… you get the idea. If you can’t reach a target area by normal means, then boric dust is your best bet! Something worth noting, if you choose to use boric dust, a duster is recommended when applying it around the homestead.
If access is not your issue and you want to target current pests inside your home or you want to deter new pests from coming in from the outside, then boric acid granules might be what you’re looking for. Due to its moisture resistant properties, the granule form of boric acid is best suited to treat insects indoors and outdoors equally well. The nice thing about granules is that one does not need special equipment (like a duster) to start managing their pest problem.
Lastly, and not to be undone be the others in this list of boric acids, is the gel form or more commonly known as bait. The boric acid bait truly unique in its methodology, in that once placed for pests, it does not try to kill right away. Instead it will stay in the victim’s stomach and slowly eat away at the organ systems that control their metabolism. Why this is important is simple, this slow acting poison invites that pest population to take the poison back to their nests! If their brethren are not drop immediately from the consumption of said bait, then the reasoning for the insect is that it is safe to bring back to the rest of the brood and let it feed on the food source. But little do they know that in reality, the worker/scout insect is bring back a ticking time bomb of pestilence that will rid you of the pests in the best way possible… By eliminating the insect hive from the inside out.
Luis Alberto Simauchi Jr works for Do my own pest control in Norcross, GA. He takes a particular interest in green and sustainable pest management methods for the garden.