Boric acid is a weak inorganic acid with antiseptic properties, and is also called boracic acid or orthoboric acid.
Formula and structure:
The chemical formula of boric acid is H3BO3 (or B(OH)3).
Its molecular formula is BH3O3, and its molar mass is 61.83 g/mol. T
Boric acid occurs naturally in volcanic areas, and in certain minerals such as borax (as sassolite).
It is also found in sea water, plants, and fruits in small amounts.
Boric acid is non-toxic with antibacterial properties, and it is mainly used as:
• an antiseptic agent
• pH buffer
• swimming pool chemical
• flame retardant
• and a precursor to many useful chemicals.
• It is used industrially for the manufacture of fiberglass, household glass products and the glass used in LCD displays.
*Boric Acid used to kill Roaches
As soon as the boric acid powder touches the body of the roach, the tiny particles stick onto it and some of it gets absorbed through the roach’s greasy outer body covering.
As the roach preens and cleans its body it will also ingest some of the powder. The mineral and crystalline qualities of the boric acid then begin to damage the exoskeleton of the roach from the outside, and cause dehydration from the inside.
Once they have been affected by the boric acid, ****roaches will start to behave abnormally in that they will come out into the daylight in exposed areas, rather than keeping to darkened places and staying against the walls.
*How Long Will it Take to Get Rid of Roaches With Boric Acid?
After an adult roach has come into contact with boric acid it would take approximately seventy-two hours for it to die.
Nymphs and juveniles would usually die in a shorter time, within about twenty-four to forty-eight hours.
The roaches will return to their nesting areas and carry the powder with them thus infecting others.
Roaches also tend to be cannibalistic, so they will feed on their dead, thus spreading the toxic effect further.
Boric acid is deadly for all types, sizes and ages of ****roach, regardless of the species with which you dealing. This is what makes boric acid for roaches one of the most effective methods of elimination.
*How do you use Boric Acid Correctly for killing Roaches?
Once you have obtained your supply of boric acid, there are a few do’s and don’ts to remember so that you can get the best results:
DO apply it sparingly:
The great thing about boric acid is that a little goes a long way. Just a fine layer of powder sprayed over your infected surfaces is enough to have a lethal effect on the roaches. In order to apply a barely visible film of powder you could use a duster bulb or bellows, or you could simply shake the container (with closed lid) and then remove the lid and gently puff the dust over the area you wish to cover.
DON’T sprinkle large piles of powder:
If you deposit the boric acid too generously, the roaches are likely to walk around it and thus avoid getting the toxin into their system. Sprinkling the powder with a spoon tends to result in a layer that is too heavy, so rather use the puffing method described above.
DO apply it in the right places:
Roaches tend to prefer secluded nooks and crannies which are warm and close to food and water sources. They especially seem to gravitate towards kitchens and bathrooms, as well as other areas of the home. When applying the boric acid for roaches, make sure that you cover key areas around, under and behind stoves, refrigerators and dishwashers. Pay particular attention to plumbing pipes under the sink or behind the commode, as well as in the shower and behind the washing machine. If you are aware of a hollow space behind kitchen or bathroom cabinets, you can use a syringe to inject powder through cracks so that this kind of hiding place can also be effectively reached with the boric acid.
DON’T let the powder touch your kitchen counters:
Be careful not to allow any of the boric acid powder to settle onto your kitchen counter tops or any surfaces where food is prepared. Wipe these areas with a damp cloth to ensure that they are clean.
DO use a dual approach:
Besides using boric acid for roaches, it can be a good idea to use a dual approach with another ****roach control product. An effective combination would be to use containerized ****roach bait as well as the boric acid powder.
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