boric acid around the homestead

Boric Acid
How Preppers use boric acid around the homestead

Boric acid has many names (acidum boricum, boracic acid, hydrogen borate, and
orthoboric acid). This weak acid, made from minerals, has many interesting uses.

Did you know boric acid powder kills roaches, water bugs, ants,
fleas, and silverfish? Boric acid is a low-toxicity mineral with
insecticidal, fungicidal, and herbicidal properties.

While boric acid is a pesticide, you'll find boric acid used in
fertilizers, household cleaners, laundry detergents, and even
personal care products. You also may be surprised to know that
boric acid is a component of a baby's mattress, and even food,
but it is!

How to use Boric Acid around the

Here are some of the many uses of boric acid:

  • eye drops and lens cleaning solutions (boric acid is a mild
    antiseptic and in these solutions are specially formulated).

  • flame retardant mattresses (a fire barrier of boric acid is
    placed under the outer wrap of a mattress, and not directly
    on the surface layer),

  • foods, including Asian root starch desserts, glutinous rice,
    yellow noodles, Nyonya kuih, and fish cakes; plus caviar and
    shrimp. Boric acid prevents darkening in shrimp. Both Boric
    acid and borax have long been used as additive in various
    foods; however not without some controversy.

  • vitamins. You'll find multi-vitamins and mineral supplements
    may contain boron in the form of boric acid.

Boric acid is a salt like powder substance that's safely used by
many industries. Now that you know some of the industry uses of
boric acid, here's what you need to know about how preppers use
boric acid around the homestead.

How to use Boric Acid on the Homestead
Boric acid is an antiseptic, insecticide, an herbicide  flame
retardant, neutron absorber and much more.

#1: Boric acid is an antiseptic.
Boric acid is a mild antiseptic, (meaning its acidic properties
inhibit the growth of bacteria), but just because it is an
antiseptic, doesn't mean you should use it as an antiseptic (the
same caution is true of
fish antibiotics).

Consult your doctor about medicinal uses of boric acid*
As an antiseptic, boric acid is unusual and you should consult
your doctor about medicinal uses of boric acid to get a
pharmaceutical grade. Boric acid is effective in the treatment of
skin conditions such as acne and is often used as an eye wash.
Boric acid is also used as a home treatment for chronic yeast

Boric acid is effective in the treatment of skin conditions such as
acne and athletes foot. Likewise, boric acid has applications as a
dressing or salve to treat minor cuts and burns. However, boric
acid is poisonous if taken internally and not without risks when
used around children. Be cautious;however, and consult a medical

Boric acid is a good antiseptic, antifungal, and antiviral, but has
only mild antibacterial qualities.

#2: Boric acid is an herbicide.
Want to get rid of Monstanto? Use boric acid and tell your friends
that it's a better alternative. Boric acid controls algae, molds,
fungi, and weeds and yet it's interesting to note that richest
sources of boron include fruits, leafy vegetables, legumes, and
nuts. Boron is present in all plants and unprocessed foods. If
your diet includes a fair amount of fruits and vegetables, you'll
get about 2 to 5 mg of boron per day and you'll get even more
boron if you eat organic fruits and vegetables. An organic apple
grown in good soil may have 20 mg boron! You'll also find high
levels of boron in beer, cider and wine. In contrast, dairy, fish,
grain and meats are poor sources of boron.)

So how is boric acid an herbicide?

Both boric acid and
Borax occur naturally in water and soil. Boron
is an essential micronutrient for plants, though little is known
about the function of boron in humans, which is why you should
use it with utmost precaution.

How to make a boric acid herbicide:
  1. Mix 10 oz. boric acid and 1/2 cup water, then stir until the
    boric acid dissolves completely.
  2. Pour dissolved mixture into a bucket filled with 2.5 gallons
    of water. Stir, then fill your compression sprayer.
  3. Spray directly at the offending plants, but cover beneficial
    plants with newspaper to avoid the weed killer.

  • NOTE: Do not overuse boric acid. One caveat is that you
    should NOT apply boric acid as an herbicide in high
    concentrations more than once a year, for two consecutive
    years. Overuse is dangerous to plants and grass.

#3: Boric acid as an insecticide.
Boric acid powder kills roaches, water bugs, ants, fleas, and
silverfish and more. Boric acid is an effective agent in pest
control, and kills many pests including:
  • ants (mix with powdered sugar so that the ants bring back
    the poison to the nest).
  • bed bugs - see the video above
  • beetles
  • cockroaches - also see recipe below
  • fleas
  • grain weevils
  • palmetto bugs
  • silverfish
  • spiders (Note boric acid is effective at killing spiders, Borax
    is not)
  • termites, and
  • water bugs

Most notably, boric acid is used to get rid of cockroaches, but
here's how to use boric acid to kill bed bugs:

As an insecticide boric acid also kills spiders and mites, too. As
an insecticide, boric acid acts as a stomach-poison for pests. This
low-toxicity mineral with insecticidal, fungicidal, and herbicidal

Boric acid powder, pictured immediate left, is odorless and
nonstaining. It kills roaches, water bugs, ants, fleas and
silverfish when insects walk through the dust, ingest it. Insects
die within hours of ingesting it,

  • How to use Boric Acid as a general insecticide: To use
    boric acid as an insecticide, you can mix with sugar and set
    out where you expect to find insects.

  • Recipe to get rid of cockroaches. Start with a 2/3 cup flour
    and 1/3 cup cocoa flour and mix together. Now mix in a cup
    of boric acid into the flour and cocoa mixture. Set out this
    toxic mix on paper plates and let the cockroach party begin!
    Cockroaches will enjoy your party snack and die within hours.

    Put any remaining mixture in a jar. Label the jar and keep it
    and the plates away from children.*
    *WARNING: Please don't use this natural cockroach poison if
    you have children around who may be attracted to the food-
    like plate.

#4: Boric acid as a flame retardant.
Boric acid has flame retardant properties, so it's good to keep
some on hand. The purpose is to slow the spread of a fire, which
allows time for evacuation from a burning room.

#5: Treat plants that are boron deficient.
While Boric acid has been used as an herbicide, boric acid can
also be used to treat boron deficient plants, according to Jorge
Cervantes in his book, Marijuana Horticulture - the Indoor /
Outdoor Medical Grower's bible. The ratio is one tablespoon boric
acid to a gallon of water. Micronutrient boron deficiency is a
common deficiency in plants and causes a large loss of crops
annually. A boron deficiency is common in the following crops:
  • Apples
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Pears
  • Strawberries

#6: Boric acid for health.
It's important to note that a pharmaceutical grade boric acid is
required if you plan to use boric acid for health reasons. Boric
acid has anti-fungal and antiviral properties, and has been used
medicinally in many ways:

NOTE: Boric acid is highly toxic taken by mouth, which is why we  
don't recommend taking boric acid by mouth medicinally, on open
wounds, or taken as a suppository.

WARNING: Boric acid is a human carcinogen!
Boric acid is a toxin, and it is first and foremost a poison! If you
come in contact with boric acid, get medical attention:

  • Boric acid is toxic for dogs and other pets. Don't leave
    boric acid where a curious dog or other pet might lick as
    boric acid is toxic for dogs. It's dangerous for humans too!
    Don't leave it around for a kid. Treat boric acid with the
    same care as you do your other toxic chemicals. Keep it out
    of little hands.

  • Flush skin with water. If you have an accidental exposure
    on the skin Immediately flush with water for at least 15

  • Remove contaminated clothing. Launder contaminated
    clothing before reuse. If in eyes: Flush with large amounts
    of water, lifting upper and lower lids occasionally.

  • If swallowed, see medical attention: Immediately drink
    two glasses of water and induce vomiting by either giving
    Ipecac Syrup or by placing finger at back of throat. Never
    give anything by mouth to an unconscious person.

  • If inhaled, get medical attention: Remove to fresh air.
    Consult physician if irritation occurs. Ingredients: Boric Acid
    Powder NF Warnings:

  • Do not use in the eyes or as a dusting powder on the skin.
    Avoid breathing dust. May cause irritation to eyes, skin and
    mucous membranes. KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF
    CHILDREN. In case of accidental ingestion, seek professional
    assistance or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.
    If emergency assistance is not available see first aid

What's the difference between Boric Acid and Borax?
There's a difference between borax and boric acid!

  • Boron is an element. Boron is found naturally with sodium,
    calcium or magnesium and oxygen. Boron compounds are
    used as fungicides and insecticides for wood preservation,
    and are effective against termites.

  • Borate is a salt (the anion has both boron and oxygen).

  • Borax is a naturally occurring mineral (sodium borate).
    Borax is a boron compound, and a salt of boric acid in a
    powdered form.  It's also called sodium tetraborate.

  • Boric acid is a man-made laboratory chemical. Boric acid,
    also known as boracic acid or orthoboric acid

Boric Acid Powder also called boric acid or orthoboric acid or
Acidum Boricum, is a weak acid often used as an antiseptic,
insecticide, flame retardant and more.

Keep boric acid away from pets and children...
While boric acid is a safe and effective means of killing
cockroaches and weeds, it's important to note also that acute
exposure to a large dose of boric acid is unhealthy.

While boric acid is relatively non-toxic, should be kept away from
children and pets, as long-term exposure may cause
developmental and neurological problems, irritation to nose,
throat and lungs, and can be absorbed through skin lesions
resulting in:

  • blistering of the skin
  • convulsions
  • even coma

Finally, be sure to use goggles and gloves when handling boric
acid. Also, know that in Hawaii, because of the high humidity,
boric acid may not be as effective!

Boric acid and cancer
While boric acid is an herbicide, pesticide and a known toxin,
boric acid has no known links to cancer and its been studied
extensively, though children may be more sensitive to it. Even
more interesting is that boric acid may even help cancer patients!

Boric acid is a recommended method of pest control -- on page
397 of The Gerson Therapy -- The Proven Nutritional Program for
Cancer and Other Illnesses, pictured immediate left. The book
suggests using boric acid to kill cockroaches instead of using
harmful pesticides.

Did you know Silly Putty® is a mix of boric acid and silicon oil?
Boric acid is also used to manufacture glass and fiberglass.

Happy endings...
Ancient Greeks used boric acid for cleaning, preserving food, and
much more, so while we should use with caution, we should also
know that it's a wonderful resource to mankind.

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