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Old 04-25-2012, 10:29 PM   #2771
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Is that just the same kind of borax one would use in laundry? Or is it a special grade, and if so, where does one buy it?
Terro uses a convenient gel in a bottle, it's all borax. It doesn't say what the inactive ingredient is. Maybe some borax powder mixed really well with petroleum jelly or baby oil and put on a little cardboard piece? I got my Terro at Walmart I think.
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Terro uses a convenient gel in a bottle, it's all borax. It doesn't say what the inactive ingredient is. Maybe some borax powder mixed really well with petroleum jelly or baby oil and put on a little cardboard piece? I got my Terro at Walmart I think.
Oh, I would never have thought to buy something like that. I'm always looking for the environmentally friendly option.
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I've used the terro product too--it works.

Last year I bought food grade diatomaceous earth--sprinkled it around the kitchen, bathroom and all around the outside of the house--and all the ants were gone. It did take a few weeks but it was a green solution. I'll do it again this year--around the house (outside of the house).
Just out of curiosity, why does it need to be food grade for killing insects?
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:20 PM   #2774
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Oh, I would never have thought to buy something like that. I'm always looking for the environmentally friendly option.
I use the laundry Borax, put it in a ketchup squeeze bottle and spread a line in the window tracks. I like the borax because it won't hurt the cats.
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:27 PM   #2775
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I use the laundry Borax, put it in a ketchup squeeze bottle and spread a line in the window tracks. I like the borax because it won't hurt the cats.
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You know what else laundry borax is really good for? Cleaning the porcelain tub and sink! Just sprinkle some on and rub it off with a damp sponge.

I'll put some out the next time we get ants. We don't get them every year, so I won't bother until I see them trying to get in the house.

There is an extremely finely ground version of boric acid that exterminators use. It's not toxic, but it messes up the thoraxes of insects that walk on it. I don't know where you can buy it.
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:06 AM   #2776
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Years ago I was cleaning my new kitchen with 409 cleaner, after moving into a new apartment. I saw a line of little ants coming down from the ceiling directly into the kitchen. Having nothing else to use, I sprayed the wall with the 409 and wiped the ants off, as far up as I could reach. They never crossed that patch of wall again.
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:24 AM   #2777
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If you have a local hardware store in your area like Aces Hardware, you can get borax powder for crawly critters there. Home Depot or Lowes even should have it.
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I've used boric acid when I had roach problems in Hawaii and DC. I bought it at the hardware store.

Ant traps work well, I put them in places my pets cannot reach. It draws the ants and they go back to their nest and it kills the nest.
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Good morning everyone. I am off to Winthrop this morning as part of my six month checkup. And my resolution of stop being so stubborn. I really don't want to go, but I will.
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