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Boric acid, also known as orthoboric acid has been an important tool in pest control for many, many years and for good reason: it works!  Orthoboric acid has been successful in killing a variety of irritating household pests which its natural and largely non-toxic ingredient.

Solutions Pest & Lawn is proud to carry several great products which contain orthoboric acid as the main active ingredient. Shop our orthoboric acid products exclusively on this page as well as learn some background info and facts regarding this great pest control product.

What Is Orthoboric Acid?

Orthoboric Acid is a chemical compound which contains the naturally occurring element boron. It has been regularly used in the U.S. since 1948 as a natural pest control method to eliminate cockroaches, fleas, ants, and silverfish. While orthoboric acid alone is not sufficient to deal with heavy infestations (aside from fleas living in the carpet), it can be very effective when applied  in cracks and crevices or between walls to keep insects from residing and surviving in those areas. It can also be scattered outside structures in lawn and fields in the form of a granular bait. Boric Acid is a key ingredient not only in pest control products but also can be used as an antiseptic to address medical problems, a preservative for skins, a lubricant and even for pyrotechnics.

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

How Orthoboric Acid Works

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 orthoboric 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.

Shop our assortment of orthoboric acid based products below. For more information about orthoboric 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

Products Which Contain Orthoboric 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!


Orthoboric Acid Origins

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

Because orthoboric acid’s versatility, it has been made 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 Orthoboric Acid?

While orthoboric acid is a very safe and naturally occuring pesticide, it is still a poison, and in certain doses it can present dangers to humans and animals.

According to the Natural Pesticide Information Center, orthoboric 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, orthoboric 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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