Boric Acid and Cockroaches

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How Does Boric Acid Stop Cockroaches?

Boric acid comes in gel and powder or dust forms, though dusts are most common for pest control. Because boric acid has an electrostatic charge, it clings to a cockroach’s body as the insect walks through a treated area. While grooming itself, the pest then ingests this dust, which attacks its nervous system.

Notes on Boric Acid and Cockroaches

Needs Some Expertise
Using boric acid on cockroaches can work, but correct application is key. Homeowners must track the pests’ activity to find the right spots to lay down a layer of dust. As a result, knowledge of the pests signs and habits makes treatments more likely to succeed.

Involves Careful Placement
Improper use in a home can also cause problems for residents. Avoid spreading boric acid on countertops or any food prep surface. While it’s not usually lethal for adults, consuming this substance or getting it in the eyes causes irritation.

Works Best with Exclusion
The problem with boric acid and cockroach control is that this method alone won’t stop the pests. Homeowners still need to practice exclusion tactics to keep more of the insects from moving in. Cleaning drains and sealing cracks that the pests use for hiding places or that they use to obtain entrance into the home helps to prevent new infestations.

Omits Cockroach Eggs
In addition, boric acid doesn’t affect cockroach eggs. Although adult roaches may respond to treatments, their young often remain safe in hard-to-reach spaces to grow and multiply.

Lasting Control

To avoid the misapplication of boric acid and cockroach issues that won’t resolve, turn to the professionals. Orkin technicians have the training and skill to remove infestations.