Boric acid is nature’s "secret ingredient," used in many commercial treatments for insect control. This magical white powder is mined from the Mojave Desert in California and has a proven track record in eliminating cockroaches, palmetto bugs, water bugs, ants, silverfish, and termites. Boric acid (100%) powder is odorless and non-staining. Also used in a popular powdered cleaner: good old fashioned Borax!
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As for termites, boric acid when mixed with propylene glycol (non-toxic version of anti-freeze) has proven to be very effective against many types of termites. The glycol helps the solution to penetrate into the wood and become a part of the wood fiber. This solution is a terrific treatment for dry rot in wood.
One of the best qualities of boric acid is that the insects don’t develop a resistance to it, unlike with chemical pesticides. And it’s not harmful to pets or children unless ingested. You can find many helpful recipes and user tips about this natural bug killer on Google’s extensive database. Type: boric acid insect killer.
If you find yourself in need of a professional extermination company, you can avoid the toxic tent by using D-limonene — the chemical name for Orange Oil. It is a renewable resource and is a by-product of orange juice manufacturing. More information on a non-toxic method to destroy dry termites here.
Even fleas can be controlled without chemical help. See my blog entry on flea control here.
Simply put, you can avoid the use of toxic pesticides to rid your home of common household pests. Using chemical pesticides that pollute the water, soil and air we breathe is irresponsible and comes with a deadly price tag. So, if you have not fired your “bug man” yet — you’ve got a phone call to make!
Recommended reading: Home Safe Home — Creating a Healthy Home Environment by Reducing Exposure to Toxic Household Products by Debra Lynn Dadd.