How to Apply Boric Acid

Boric acid, a powder readily available in most hardware and home supply stores, is a cheap and effective way to control pests in your own home. When used properly, boric acid kills most household insect pests, without the need for sprays or traps.

Apply boric acid carefully.

Step 1

Open windows and doors if possible to avoid inhalation.

Step 2

Mix borax grains with sugar. This will attract the insects to the borax. If no sugar is available or desired, it is possible to proceed without. Borax will still work as a pest control mechanism without the addition of further items.

Step 3

Place the borax in corners, between major appliances, and in other out of the way places. As borax is toxic, be sure that it will not come into contact with any food preparation areas.

Step 4

Erect barriers for pets and children while applying. Borax ingestion is harmful, and you want to ensure that your loved ones are not injured in your quest to rid your home of pests. You may wish to consider only placing the treatment in areas you know cannot be reached, like underneath the refrigerator.

Step 5

Wash your hands thoroughly. You may also wish to change the clothes you were wearing while applying the treatment.

Corey Hill

Corey Hill is a writer and political activist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He began writing professionally in 2003 and has published articles in "The Alameda Sun," "Drink Me Magazine," "Common Ground Magazine," Alternet and "The East Bay Express."