By: D.G. Sciortino/Shareably Cockroaches, ants, and fleas can wreak havoc on your home. But what if there was one non-toxic method to rid them all from your home, instead of stocking and spraying a number of different chemicals around the house. Borax can rid these yucky bugs from your home without having to spray harsh chemicals.
The way it works is that the cockroaches, ants, and fleas ingest the borax and the borax destroys the lining of their stomach and disrupts digestion.
Here’s how you can use borax in your home to get rid of these unwanted house guests:
Cockroaches are known as hardy creatures, but they are no match for borax. To kill cockroaches, boil six eggs and get rid of the whites. Mash up the yolks and add 2.5 ounces of borax to the mixture. Then add half a cup to a full cup of white sugar or enough sugar until it is no longer crumbly.
Your mixture should have a dough-like consistency. Leave little balls of the dough around your home for the cockroaches to eat.
Since worker ants eat liquids and the queen and her babies eat solids, you have to mix up two remedies to end your ant infestation.
Sold Ant Bait: combine one part borax and three parts powdered sugar. Sprinkle this mixture onto flat surfaces for the worker ants to take to the queen.
Liquid Bait: combine 1/4 cup of borax and 3/4 cup of honey or maple syrup. Drop globs of this onto an ant trail or anywhere you see ants coming in.
Borax has immediate and long-lasting effects on fleas. One treatment can continue to kill fleas and their eggs for up to a year. Vacuum your house well, including under the furniture since fleas love to hide out in dark places. You’ll also want to dust and get up as much dirt as you can.
Sprinkle some borax on your carpet, the creases in your furniture, closet, places your pet hangs out, and anywhere else you think fleas might be hiding in your home.
Brush it into your carpet with a small hand broom. Vacuum up anywhere you still find visible borax. Let the borax sit for 36 hours and then vacuum it up to get rid of the dead fleas.
Remember to keep your applications of borax out of your children’s and pet’s reach.