Pests are a huge problem in any household. And God is it tough to get rid of them. Most of us use toxic fumes in order to free our house from these insects, but did you know that there is a natural and completely non-toxic way of fending off these nuisances?
All you need is borax. Get ready to say goodbye to cockroaches, fleas, and ants! Boric acid has been used for ages in order to control household as well as garden pests. It is found everywhere in nature, including seawater and plants. Borax is boric acid’s chemical cousin. Both of them comprise of the element boron. Boric acid is a bit more effective at removing insects, but borax works wonders as well. However, borax is an inexpensive and much safer alternative than boric acid.
Borax destroys the insects’ stomach lining and inhibits their digestion. The pests must ingest the borax for it to work.
Cockroaches are one of the toughest insects to get rid of. They are also very gross to handle, aren’t they? So what do you do? Use borax!
Boil a dozen eggs and remove the whites. Then mash the yolks and 2.5 ounces of borax together. Add around half a cup to a full cup of white sugar to the mixture. Keep adding more sugar until the mixture is no longer crumbly and has a dough-like consistency.
Put them around your house and wait for the cockroaches to eat them. You will get successful results for sure!
Ants are tiny, but they are a headache nonetheless. It is a big hassle to get rid of them since they can be found in a great number. They march almost everywhere around your house. However, there is a very easy way of getting rid of them. This simple solution will also help you take down their queen.
Worker ants eat liquids, but the queen and her baby larvae eat solids. To stop their colony from spreading much further, you will require both liquid as well as solid baits.
To make the solid treat, mix borax and powdered sugar in a 1:3 ratio. For every 1/4 cup of borax, add 3/4 cups of sugar.
To make the liquid treat, mix together 1/4 cup of borax with 3/4 cup of honey or maple syrup.
Take a spoon and drop some of the liquid where you see the ants. Ants can climb, so if they’re on the wall, spread the glob there too.
Then sprinkle the solid mixture onto flat surfaces so that the workers ants will take it back to their nest, and eventually to the queen. The mixture has to be dropped right on their trail, where they will notice it.
If you have ants in your garden, drop the mixtures onto a plastic lid. This way, the plants won’t be harmed.
Fleas are as troublesome as cockroaches or ants. They are very taxing to find since they can conceal themselves in the hardest of places. However, you can use borax to kill fleas as well. The treatment can kill fleas and their eggs for up to a year!
Clean your house. Move the furniture and vacuum underneath it too. Fleas love hiding in dark places, so you will have to get rid of as much dust and dirt as possible. This will ensure that the borax can go deep and do its job.
After you are done cleaning, sprinkle the borax directly onto the carpet, in the creases of the furniture, in corners, closets, and anywhere else you believe the fleas might hide. Pay extra attention to those places where your pets like to hang out the most. Keep your kids and pets out of the room while you do this. Borax intake isn’t good for them!
Vacuum any visible borax that you see. After you are done, leave the borax there for at least 36 hours. Finally, vacuum to get rid of the dead fleas.
Borax is natural and it is cheap as well. So if you have pest problems, don’t forget to use it!
( h/t: eHow )
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