Boric Acid:
Nature's Insecticide

Boric acid is the secret ingredient in pesticides that will kill most insects through paralysis and dehydration. It's a white odorless powder obtained from borates which occur naturally in various parts of the world. It is mined from places like the Mojave and Atacama deserts and was used as an insecticide as early as 1922. By 1985, most registered pesticides contained borates as their principle ingredient.

This powder not only kills insects but can also be used for a wide variety of purposes such as a disinfectant for the eyes, ears, scalp, skin, feet, and sex organs as well as a laundry additive, flame retardant, and fission regulator. Since about 1955 it also has been used in the lumber industry to stop wood rot and termite or beetle infestation.

Boric acid effectively kills cockroaches, spiders, ants, silverfish, termites, beetles, bedbugs, fleas, and most other bugs or crawlers without harming humans. The powder, which can be bought at most pharmacies, is sprinkled thinly in cracks, corners, or surfaces where the insects live and travel. It sticks to their feet and legs and is then ingested through the grooming process. Once ingested it slowly paralyzes and dehydrates the insect taking a few days to a week to kill it. The powder is also carried to the nest or colony where it does more damage. One way to ensure ingestion is to mix the powder with some sugar and/or water which the insect will readily lap up.

Carpets or rugs can be powdered for fleas, ticks, and mites, and boric acid diluted in warm and previously boiled water can be used to treat head lice, ear infections, skin irritations, and as an eye wash. It can even be used to treat vaginal yeast infections or as a mouthwash or toothpaste(provided it is not swallowed).

Boric acid comes as a powder, gel, or spray and is inexpensive and easy to use. Best of all, it works, and is relatively safe, and its effects are long-lasting. There are plenty of good articles on the internet attesting to the benefit and efficacity of this natural gift from nature. Why risk your money and health on dangerous man-made pesticides when nature already has the answer.

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