Are borax and boric acid the same thing?
Borax and boric acid are essentially the same thing and normally associated with making homemade laundry soap. Both materials contain the element boron. Usually, Borax is mined and refined from tourmaline, kernite, and colemanite. Boric acid is mined from the mineral sassolite.
Borax is the basic mineral that is mined from the ground, and it is then refined through processing into boric acid. Borax such as you would purchase and use in the washing of clothes is not refined as much nor ground as fine as boric acid, and it is not labeled for use as a pesticide.
- Boric acid is a dangerous poison. Poisoning from this chemical can be acute or chronic. Acute boric acid poisoning usually occurs when someone swallows powdered roach-killing products that contain the chemical. Chronic poisoning occurs in those who are repeatedly exposed to boric acid.
- To use borax to rid yourself of these pests, remove all of the bedding from the bed. This helps suffocate the bed bugs and kill them. You can also wash any bedding, sheets, and blankets with a mixture of hot water and borax to remove the bed bugs from those items.
- Mix boric acid powder, sugar and water to create a boric acid insecticide spray. Use 2 tablespoons of boric acid and 2 cups of sugar for every 1 cup of water. The sugar will attract insect pests, including ants and cockroaches, while the soluble boric acid will kill them.
Compared to many other household chemicals, insecticides and flea control products, boric acid is not very toxic. A healthy adult cat is not likely to become seriously ill unless a very large amount is ingested. Symptoms usually subside as the boric acid leaves the body, and normally there are no long-term effects.
- Borax, sodium tetraborate decahydrate, according to one study, is not acutely toxic. Its LD 50 (median lethal dose) score is tested at 2.66 g/kg in rats, meaning that a significant dose of the chemical is needed to cause severe symptoms or death. The lethal dose is not necessarily the same for humans.
- Take about one teaspoon of food-grade diatomaceous earth with water once a day. It's best used on an empty stomach at least one hour before or two hours after eating. Drink an additional cup of water after each dose of DE to improve its effects.
- Diatomaceous Earth is a great tool to use in your fight against bed bugs. It's an all natural, non-toxic barrier to bed bugs that can both kill them and prevent them from moving freely throughout your house. Remember that diatomaceous earth alone will not be enough to treat your bed bug infestation.
Updated: 26th November 2019