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Boric acid has long been a staple chemical for the pest control industry and is known to successfully get rid of a variety of problematic pests which may encounter your home or place of business. Here at Solutions Pest & Lawn, we are proud to carry several great products which contain boric acid as the main active ingredient. Shop our boric acid products exclusively on this page and learn a little bit of background information regarding this fantastic pest control chemical.

What Is Boric Acid?

Boric Acid is a versatile chemical that has a number of different uses, not just for pest control. It can be used as an antiseptic for medical issues, a preservative for word and skins, a lubricant and even for pyrotechnics.

Boric acid is an odorless and natural occurring powder which is believed to be a safer method of pest control compared to other more hazardous synthetic chemical insecticides. To humans, it’s regarded to be as safe as ordinary table salt. However, to most pests, coming into contact with boric acid can be fatal, especially for cockroaches, ants, termites, silverfish and other common household insects.

 

How Boric Acid Works To Kill Pests

The mode of action for boric acid and what makes it so effective in the pest control industry is its ability to kill insects without the use of highly toxic chemicals. When applied, the product acts as a stomach poison to the insects which come into contact with the boric acid or consume it. The powder is very abrasive and can cut through the outer shell of numerous insects.

For instance, if roaches were to cross over boric acid, the slow killing chemical acts like shards of glass cutting them apart. The slow killing effect gives roaches a chance to return to the nest where it soon dies. Other cockroaches will then eat the dead carcass of a roach who consumed boric acid, which eventually kills them too. The cycle continues until the boric acid has more-or-less been exhausted or the queen herself has consumed some, killing her, which destroys the colony.

What gives boric acid an advantage over other pesticide options is boric acids residual effect. It can still continue to kill long after it has been applied, up to a year. It also has no repellent properties so target pests won’t know to stay away from treated areas.

Products Which Contain Boric Acid

  • Boric Acid Dust (Borid) - Insecticide with orthoboric acid is a lasting dust for treatment of Silverfish, Roaches, and Ants. It is an odorless form and also a natural product that is safe around children and pets.

  • Flea Stoppers - works by dehydrating and kills fleas in two stages of the life cycle.

  • And more!

Shop our assortment of boric acid based products below. For more information about boric acid or other active ingredients in our pesticide inventory, please call us with your questions at 800-479-6583 or email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com

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Boric Acid History


Boric acid is a by product of minerals when contain boron, known as borates. Borates are said to have originated in dried salt lake beds of deserts or arid areas (for example is Death Valley, CA, Turkey, and China) or other geographic regions that expose similar deposits (such as the Andes Mountains in South America).

In 1702, Wilhelm Homberg would first create what was known as boric acid by mixing borax and mineral acids with water. The evaporating water left crystals of boric acid and was often called “Homberg’s salt.” European researchers soon discovered the compound’s properties as a mild antiseptic and eyewash. As time went by, engineers discovers other uses for boric acid, for instance Silly Putty was invented by mixing boric acid with silicone oil.

 

In 1948, boric acid would be registered in the US as an insecticide to control cockroaches, termites, fire ants, fleas, silverfish and many other irritating insects.

 

Because boric acid is so versatile, it has been formed and manipulated into a variety of different formulations. Some of these formulations include but are not limited to: boric acid dusts, boric acid powder, treatment for crack and crevices, emulsifiable concentrates, tablets, pellets, pastes and boric acid bait.

 

How Safe Is Boric Acid?

While it is likened to table salt in terms of the little harm it can do to humans, boric acid is still a poison, and in certain doses it can present dangers to humans and animals.

 

According to the Natural Pesticide Information Center, boric acid toxicity ranges from minor to serious. Minor toxicity usually results in skin and eye irritation. More serious toxicity can result in symptoms such as respiratory problems, muscle weakness and headaches.

 

In cases of extreme toxicity, boric acid can lead to kidney failure in people. To animals, boric acid toxicity is connected to blood conditions and problems with the endocrine system. Toxicity in pets tends to be more severe based on the animal's size. Smaller pets, such as dogs, cats and hamsters, are more likely to experience dangerous symptoms.

 

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