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Sodium Tetraborate Decahydrate (Borax)borax

When there is a pest problem in the home, not only is it worrisome because of the chances the insect infestation will grow to overwhelming levels, but it can also be worrisome because of the fact that toxic chemicals may have to be brought into the picture to deal with the problem. For homeowners that have pets and children, they may want a more natural means of control that is safer. One active ingredient that can successfully eliminate a number of different household pests that has been used for years as a natural pest control option is sodium tetraborate decahydrate or borax.

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

What is Sodium Tetraborate Decahydrate?

Borax (Chemical formula: Na2B4O7 10H2O), also known as sodium tetraborate decahydrate, is an important boron compound, a mineral and a salt of boric acid. Powdered borax is white, consisting of soft colorless crystals that dissolve easily in water. Borax is used in a wide range of applications with the most common being that of a cleaning agent.  Borax is also utilized as an ingredient in cosmetics, household detergents and enamel glazes. Other uses for borax are as fire retardant, anti-fungal compound, a texturing agent for cooking, and creates the base for other compounds containing boron. Aside from these uses, this versatile compound is also great for home pest control.

Borax is often pulverized into a fine powder for the prevention of pests in the home and is scattered in closets, pipe and cable inlets, wall panelling gaps, and other hard to reach areas where conventional pesticides are not wanted. Insecticides containing borax are able to successfully control ants, cockroaches, silverfish, and fleas.  It also works as a fungicide and herbicide.  

How Sodium Tetraborate Decahydrate Works

The mode of action for borax and what makes it so effective in the pest control industry is its ability to kill insects without using toxic chemicals that could be dangerous to inhale or ingest. When applied, the borax acts as a stomach poison to the insects which come into contact with the boric acid or consume it. Aside from being stomach poisons, most borax contained salts are also abrasive to insect exoskeletons. Sodium tetraborate decahydrate can also be used to prevent the growth of fungi by affecting the production of reproductive spores. Borax also works as an herbicide by interrupting the plant's photosynthetic pathway, hindering growth and ATP production.

Shop our assortment of sodium tetraborate decahydrate based products below. For more information about sodium tetraborate decahydrate 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 Sodium Tetraborate Decahydrate

  • Intice Rover Ant Bait - InTice Rover Ant Bait is a liquid bait from Rockwell Labs specifically designed for Rover ants that have become such a large problem in the south over the past few years. With a consistency similar to Thiquid, Intice Rover Ant Bait contains 5% sodium tetraborate decahydrate. This product is taken by the worker ants back to the nest and shared with the colony, providing a great knockdown.

  • Cymex Natural Bed Bug Spray - Cymex natural bed bug spray kills on contact better than any other natural spray on the market and with the least amount of scent. Cymex is your green solution to bed bugs. Cymex is also labeled for fleas, dust mites, carpet beetles and household fungus.


How Safe Is Sodium Tetraborate Decahydrate?

Thankfully, sodium tetraborate decahydrate is not acutely toxic, which means a large amount would need to be inhaled or ingested to produce health effects. When it comes to pest control, it’s one of the safest chemicals available. A 2006 evaluation of the chemical by the U.S. EPA found no signs of toxicity from exposure and no evidence of cytotoxicity in humans. Unlike many salts, skin exposure to borax does not produce skin irritation.


However, inhaling the dust can cause respiratory irritation, particularly in children. Ingesting large amounts of borax can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.


It is advisable that when applying the product, keep children and pets away and where the proper protective equipment such as a protective mask and eyewear.

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