Boric Acid for Killing Roaches

Has anyone used boric acid for killing roaches? Please let me know what you think about it. I have a young child and 3 dogs. I'm not sure about this as a safe pest control substance.


By DarcyJayne from TX

July 6, 20110 found this helpful

I use the "baits" you can buy at the store. It is much safer and I find purchasing them only once a year is all I need to keep them at bay. Better safe than sorry, right? ;-)

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July 6, 20110 found this helpful

I use the barrier spray from lowes and boric acid. My kids are teens now but we do have pets in the home so I'm extra careful when I use the boric acid. I use it in the attic (no pets go there), behind the ice box, and between the cabinet and stove and in the gap between the counters and wall. I've even put a little in the back of the junk drawer. Just look for places that long tongues and little fingers can't reach!

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July 6, 20110 found this helpful

When I had an infestation I tried everything including boric acid and these buggers were immune to it I think. I did an internet search for a home remedy to get rid of them. Of the ones I found only one worked for me. It said to mix equal parts baking soda and sugar. Place the mixture in small lids (i.e. soda bottles, milk jug, etc.) and place them near a water source. In areas of my home that didn't have a water source, I provided it with another lid filled with water.

Within one week I saw a noticeable improvement. I would estimate I was roach free in one month. I liked that idea because it was cheap (I already had those things on hand in my kitchen) and it wouldn't harm my animals or children.

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July 7, 20110 found this helpful

thank you all. I appreciate your help. these guys just make my skin crawl and we also have big spiders I've seen a lot of brown recluses to. :-P

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July 7, 20110 found this helpful

I don't know if this will work for roaches but it sure works for ants. I was over run with them a few weeks ago. I went on the net to find a safe solution. I read that talcum powder (not cornstarch) would stop them. I put a thick line of the powder across my door and down the wall and haven't seen one since.

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This is what I Googled for cayenne pepper which isn't pleasant to dogs, but won't harm them. You put it high up and behind places where the pets can't get to, like fridges, under sinks, in the back of cupboards, etc. I think this works best.

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July 7, 20110 found this helpful

Yes, I sure have and it works. Kinda messy, but seems to do the trick. I used it in an apartment and worked fine. Good luck to you.

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July 7, 20110 found this helpful

I took off the electrical outlet face plates and squirted boric acid into the openings around the outlet. It falls down onto the floor inside the walls where roaches hide. Replace the face plates and the kids/animals are safe.

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January 23, 20140 found this helpful

I know this question sis probably old but here goes it:

I faced the same dilemma. Boric acid can be safe for insect eradication and control if you are adults living alone and use it in hard to reach places. With children and pets I would not run the risk. I have found that Food grade diametaceous earth which I purchase on Amazon $15 for a huge jug, works extremely well and is safe for my girls and dogs. I supplement with the combat gel in syringe in higher places like window sill corners or cracks between cabinets and walls where the powder won't stay.

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