FOR: Linda Baytown, Tx.....
Borax = sodium tetra-borate decahydrate
The most commonly occurring Borax compounds are:
- Borax/ sodium tetra-borate Decahydrate =
(Decahydrate means "10 water molecules")
- Borax/ sodium tetra-borate Pentahydrate =
(Pentahydrate means "5 water molecules")
- Borax/ sodium tetra-borate Anhydrous =
(Anhydrous means “without water”)
All 3 of the above are exactly the same product except for the number of water molecules .
Boric Acid = Orthoboric Acid
Boric Acid can also be sprinkled directly onto a carpet or near the infestation of ants, fleas, termites, silverfish or cockroaches as the Boric Acid is abrasive to an insect's exoskeleton.
Boric Acid is an effective insecticide, by acting as a stomach poison in insects (ants, fleas, termites, silverfish & cockroaches).
To prepare poison add 1 teaspoon of Boric Acid and 10-12 teaspoons of sugar to 50ml water. Mix into a syrup and leave syrup near infestation.
To apply the powder, crush any powder that might have clumped up and using a sieve / sprinkle the powder onto carpets, fabrics and upholstery
(If you use a sieve, please do not use it in the kitchen after, as Boric Acid can be harmful when ingested).
Leave the powder down for 1-2 days, this will kill all eggs and larvae, then hover all the powder up making sure none is left.