Boric Acid is an odorless, non-volatile powder that is considered a safer alternative than synthetic chemical pesticides and is generally considered to be slightly more toxic than ordinary table salt. While it is relatively non-toxic to people and their pets, it is absolutely fatal to cockroaches, ants, termites, silverfish and other common household insects.
The key to success with boric acid is proper application. Plastic, squeeze-type bottles with narrow applicator tips, like this product, are the easiest to use. For best results, the powder should be applied in a very thin layer barely visible to the naked eye. Piles or heavy accumulations that are visible will be avoided by bugs. To apply a fine layer, shake the container and puff a small quantity of the powder into the targeted area. Use a container which is no more than two-thirds full, an airspace is created at the top which allows the dust to be puffed more easily (A few pennies or pebbles placed inside the container helps prevent the powder from caking). The trick is to give the container a shake, then puff a very light dusting of the powder into the area you wish to treat.
Avoid applying a heavy layer, and never apply the material with a spoon. Where the powder is applied is just as important as how it’s applied. Cockroaches prefer to live in cracks, crevices and secluded areas close to food, moisture and warmth. Kitchens and bathrooms are the most common areas to find cockroaches, although any area of a home may become infested if the infestation is severe, or if species other than the German cockroach are involved. Key areas for treatment include under/behind the refrigerator, stove and dishwasher, into the opening where plumbing pipes enter walls (such as under sinks and behind the commode, shower and washing machine), and into cracks along edges and corners inside cabinets and pantries. Oftentimes, there is a void (hollow space) under kitchen and bathroom cabinets which becomes a hiding place for cockroaches. This area can be accessed and treated by injecting powder through any existing gap at the top of the kickplate, or if none is present, by drilling a few small holes.
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