Post # 1
This is my question…
I live in a very hot humid climate. And I do live in an apartment complex so my home is very close to other homes. The garbage is picked up 2 times a week in my complex – which is cool – but its not enough to control all the ants and roaches. So, I have kept reading all the great miracle things about boric acid. But, I could not find any i mexico. Well, finally I got my hands on some!
So my question is… should I just put it inside my apartment? Should I bother to put it outside? Please keep in mind I live in an apartment. My husband feels I should not put the boric acid outside the apartment because he says there is no way I can kill all the roaches and ants in the entire complex. He mostly means he feels putting the acid outside my apartment will be a waste of time an energy. But, the thing is the roaches and ants are so bad where we keep our garbage I feel I have to do something! I feel like if I can only kill one or 2 it would make me happy. It feels wrong to let them crawl all over when they feel like it. And its not okay with me when they come into my home. Let me tell you what I saw on line…
A lady said the most simple thing to do is mix sugar with boric acid and place in outside in a container that is easy to get into. Thats it. She said in about 2 – 3 days you will notice less ants and roaches. I’m aware living in a complex I can’t control all the bugs. The main thing I wonder about is if I put something like that outside will it attract more roaches and ants? I don’t want to attract them. Believe me the ants are almost worse than the roaches. The ants are the most aggressive insects I have ever come across. They can form a line of hundreds – thousands in moments. The other thing I have seen people do is roll up the boric acid in balls for the roaches/ ants to eat. The balls are flour, water, sugar and boric acid. There is the one hole where the roaches live which really bugs me. I’d like to put some rolled up balls of boric acid there.
I’m open to suggestions.
Post # 2
chica95110: The boric acid/sugar mix does work for ants. Not sure about cockroaches as I have never had them and are not common in my area. The trick is you want to attract them so that they eat the poison.
Another good tip is that ants wont cross talcum powder. I use that to keep them out as it is safe for animals.
Unfotunately if you live in a complex unless everyone else in the complex takes preventative precautions (like keeping a clen apartment, locking away all food in air tight containers) then chances are you will keep getting them in your apartment.
Post # 3
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I killed the roaches in my apartment building by just sprinkling some boric acid powder by the wall. You want to attract the bugs because they will bring the food back to their nest and kill the whole colony
Post # 4
MeiFrancis: I am glad someone used boric acid in an apartment complex. The main concern I have about trying to attract the bugs is that both the ants and roaches are very aggressive. I don’t want things to get out of hand. Thats why I’ve been hesitant to use the boric acid mixed with sugar. The ants especially want the sugar! They will get extremely aggressive over that. I feel its best to try the boric acid and sugar outside first. I’m ready to even put the boric acid outside around the complex where I’ve noticed roaches living.
Post # 5
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chica95110: You don’t have to put sugar in it if you don’t want to! I just put some on the floor where they were entering the apartment and in about a week thet stopped coming.
Maybe you could try putting sugar in it by the dumpster and no sugar inside your apartment.
Post # 6
chica95110: We live in an area where roaches are pretty common, too. Our neighbor’s house is infested with them (she is a very elderly woman). We were paranoid about getting roaches when we first moved in, but thanks to our hard work (and maybe some luck), we haven’t gotten them.
We make sure we never leave dirty dishes in the sink over night. We vacuum and sweep regularly. FI sprays a pesticide around our house as well.
I’ve read that with boric acid to work, you want to put a very very thin layer. Like, you almost want to “puff” the powder out of the container and onto whatever surface you’re applying it too. If you put a thick layer, the roaches will avoid it and therefore won’t carry any back to the nest. You want them to walk through it so it attaches to their bodies and when they clean themselves, they ingest the powder.
Post # 7
Thanks everyone… I didn’t know about the thin layer thing. And I didn’t know they would crawl through it without the sugar. Everyone on u-tube kept saying you must use the sugar. But, like i said the sugar kinda freaks me out cuz i know the roaches and ants will go crazy over it. At the very least I know they will eat the poison if its mixed with sugar.
And ya… my husband and I are freaks about having a clean kitchen and not keeping anything out. I also try to keep all water drips out of the sink. I know this is a different type concept but we live in a humid topical area. The roaches and ants are simply here. They have probably been living here much longer than I have. And they will be here long after I’m gone. Its just part of life here but I’m trying to cut down how often they get in my home.
Post # 8
It is so funny you started this thread. About an hour ago I was thinking of posting something similar! I have recently moved to far northern Australia where it is very humid. Ants are not so much of a problem for us but we *constantly* have roaches, no matter how clean we are. We are very careful about keeping all our food in sealed containers, never leaving dishes in the sink etc but the other day I found one by our toothbrushes!! Ugh 🙁
Does anyone know if it is safe to use this boric acid if you have pets? We have an inside bunny. Where could you get some btw?
Thanks Bees 🙂 (And nice timing Chica!)
Post # 9
yup boric and sugar works wonders. my mom did that in childhood, works like a charm.
Post # 10
chica95110: You have to be carefull with that though. If someone else’s pets or children touch or eat it, you could kill them.
Post # 11
Couldn’t the complex hire an exterminator?