There are lot of do it yourself roach killers, which can be bought from the countertop and be applied easily by anyone who is suffering from cockroach infestation. One of the most efficient and fast way of getting rid of roaches is for sure Boric Acid roach killer, a do-it-yourself and cheap method of roach killing.
And you know what? IT WORKS!!!
If you are not a chemical engineer, most likely you’ll have the same questions with me from how to apply boric acid for roaches to “is boric acid harmful for my pets, even for myself if I inhale it?”.
For finding to answers to these questions for one of the most effective roach killing method, let’s have a quick look at the following topics real quick:
Before Applying Boric Acid for Roaches
But before going through these questions for one of the most effective roach killing method, let’s have a quick look at what we also need to do in addition to using a roach killer for fastest roach infestation solution.
- Tidy your house: Roaches love to see your dirty dishes left in the sink or food leftovers on the kitchen countertop.
- Cleaning comes first: At every chance, clean your house. Vacuum clean and wipe it. I have mentioned about a good practice about this at my “Getting Rid of Roaches from Your House” page.
- Seal it: Seal the crevices, repair any leaks. Further than that, call a plumber to pressure test your pipe lines to see any cracks or leaks. It may be small for you but may be a good source of water for roaches.
Don’t forget, these buggers can live without food but can’t make it without water!
- Empty your trashes: Stop leaving open top trash bags at home. Empty your trashes each day, even twice if necessary. As long as the roaches will keep smelling trash or food, they will be more attracted to your house.
Where Do Roaches Come From and Where Do Roaches Live?
Once you have gone through all the necessary pre-steps as mentioned above, it is time to make a plan for applying boric acid to your house.
First step of boric acid application for cockroaches is that you need to find the areas where these roaches are coming from. Don’t stick on the wording of “where they are coming from” as you will never going to be find the exact spot that they are hiding. If you could, life would be lot easier, hah?
As these intruders are nocturnal, which are active throughout the night and sleeps during the day, you’ll most likely see them coming out when you are sleeping. Having couple visits to your kitchen or bathroom, wherever you have seen them first, during the night with a flashlight may be a good start point in finding out where the roaches are coming from.
Once you turn the light on, you’ll see the roaches trying to escape where they came from. BINGO!
Let’s have a look at some typical signs of where roaches come from and where roaches live:
- If you see a lot of activity around your sink area, roaches may most likely be coming out from your sewer drain.
- Finding roaches on the floor may be a sign of crevices between the walls and floor of your house
- Noticing roach activity around your refrigerator or washing machines may be a good sign of where roaches live.
- Plenty of roach poop or motion under the sink area and inside the cabinets may be a good sign of a small leak or high moisture that makes it perfect for roaches to live.
If you have seen one or more of the above signs where roaches live and come from, that may be a great start for figuring out where to apply boric acid.
How to Apply Boric Acid for Roaches?
Does boric acid kills roaches? If applied correctly, YES!! These do it yourself roach killers can be applied easily and are highly effective on getting rid of roaches.
But you need to understand how boric acid kills roaches in order to achieve success. There are couple ways that it is effective on roaches.
Boric Acid Consumption: Although they may look disgusting and dirty to you these intruders like to keep themselves clean. Just like a cat, they clean themselves. Once any cockroach walks through an area that you have applied boric acid, the powder will stick on the roach and will be ingested when it is cleaning itself. This will end with a high dehydration of the reach and most likely will die in about 48 to 72 hours.
Once they go back to their living areas and die there, most likely they will be eaten by other roaches and that will start killing them, too. As you see, this is a really good process of getting rid of roaches.
Damaging the Exoskeleton: Boric acid is a crystalline material and once it contacts the roach, it will start to damage the exoskeleton. And the result is another success story of roach killer!
Understanding the above, applying boric acid to the areas where roaches have more activity or where you see a busy pattern will take you to the success point faster and cheaper.
Boric Acid very easy to use and you can find several brands on the market as roach killers. My top four cockroach killer boric acid recommendations are:
One way that many people apply the boric acid is pouring the powder like a pile of salt. In fact, this will have on effect on roaches and they’ll just skip this powder mountain.
First of all, empty your cabinets and the areas under the sink for a better application area. Move your dish washer and oven to reach those areas where you may have the roaches partying all night long.
You should be applying boric acid powder so lightly to the areas where you see the roaches most often. Once you are done with the application, move back everything, clean any remaining powder within your living area and wait for the roaches to die.
DON’T FORGET; APPLY BORIC ACID AS A THIN LAYER. EVEN IT SHOULD BE HARD FOR YOU TO RECOGNIZE IT!
During the application, use gloves and do not inhale the powder. If you have babies, kids or pets at home, make them leave the house before you start the boric acid application.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Boric acid is low in toxicity but it can still cause irritation to the skin or eyes and nausea, vomiting, stomach aches and diarrhea if ingested. If you are looking for more information, also having a look at OSHA website may be helpful.
Pets and Boric Acid
If I would have to make a selection between my pets to pests, hundred percent sure that I would be with my pets! I have read a lot of stuff about how harmful and what can happen as a result of boric acid inhalation.
The conclusion that I had is keep all your pets away from boric acid. Period!
How Often Do I Have To Apply Boric Acid for Roaches?
There is no specific requirement or recommendation about how often boric acid is to be applied for getting rid of roaches. Considering the above facts about how boric acid kills roaches, it may be noted that the process may take about 3-5 days.
One thing that needs to be considered regarding re-application of Boric Acid is that it will last for a long time until it gets wet.
Based on the above, if the applied powder gets wet or if you still see activity at different places of your house, you can re-apply boric acid to the areas as necessary.
Boric Acid Tablets vs Powder
It is really hard to say which one works well on roaches; Boric Acid Powder or tablets. But depending on the severity of the infestation, it may be a good practice to place couple tablets to the areas which may not be reach of your pets or children.
Especially to the areas where it is hard to apply the powder like under the fridge or under your washer, it may be a good alternative to use boric acid tablets.