Boric acid is used everyday for countless numbers of reasons. One of those uses is that of an insecticide. And because of that reason, many people have begun to try boric acid to kill bed bugs in their home.
For many years, boric acid has proven to be effective at killing cockroaches, fleas and other unwanted pests in the home. It works because the insects ingest the boric acid when they eat and it eventually kills them like a poison.
For this reason, many people are trying to use the boric acid on bed bugs but there is a problem with that. Bed bugs don’t eat boric acid like cockroaches or even fleas do. The poison in those cases kills the bugs from the inside out.
The only effective ways at killing bed bugs that have been found so far include using heat above 120 degrees, Diatomaceous Earth, dry steam (which is another form of heat), DDT (a chemical commonly used in the 40s and 50s) and other poisons that are for the most part, banned from use.
The reason poisonous pesticides like DDT worked with bed bugs is because the chemical is absorbed by the bed bugs body as apposed to the bug having to eat it. Once absorbed, the chemical quickly attacks the nervous system and eventually kills the bed bug.
This seems like a great alternative to use instead of the ineffective boric acid but studies have shown that these same chemicals that attack the nervous system of bed bugs can also have adverse affects towards humans, especially children. That is why almost all are banned for use by homeowners and very few are available to be used by professional pest control contractors.
Since Boric acid has proven to be ineffective against bed bugs it is advised that anyone having problems with these pests choose either a more people friendly product like Diatomaceous Earth, a very effective, natural way to kill bed bugs. Learn more at our Diatomaceous Earth page or buy Diatomaceous Earth now.
the or heat treatment or find a qualified exterminator who can look at your specific situation and decide on the best treatment for you.