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Longtime Bargaineering readers know that every spring we have our annual battle with ants trying, successfully, raid our kitchen area in search of food. We’ve tried almost everything, from traps to a service, and the most effective way, besides keeping things as clean as possible, has been boric acid as suggested in our post on how to get rid of ants safely. This year, we continued the annual struggle and we turned to boric acid again because it’s the safest of all the things you can use. Just mix it 50-50 with sugar into a slurry and put it in places you know the ants, or other insects, go and watch them munch their elixer of death (or is it slurry of death?).

You can buy boric acid at most drug stores, whether it’s superstore like Wal-Mart or some place smaller like Walgreens. If not there, home improvement stores like Lowes and Home Depot always have it too.

If you want to simplify things, home improvement stores will also probably sell commercial products that use boric acid as a way to control ants, roaches, etc. That might be easier than making the slurry yourself, just read the label to see what else they use. We use boric acid because it’s pet safe in very small quantities, the commercial products may not be.

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5 Responses to “Where to Buy Boric Acid”

  1. Tom K says:

    Borax (a sodium salt of boric acid) can also be used. It is a well known detergent booster, which can be found in any laundry detergent aisle. To combat ants, we dissolve it in warm pancake syrup and put in a small syringe for easy application. The mixture can be stored in capped syringe for months.

    • Seconded on the Borax – I had ants in my old car before I sold it (weird – and annoying!), so I put some honey on a small piece of cardboard, mixed some Borax in, and put it on the floor of the car. Ants were completely gone within just a few days!

  2. U Shah says:

    We have had great results with Terro from Home Depot. At first, you will see much more dead ants but in few days they will disappear.

  3. I’ve seen borax in big bottles for sale at the dollar store.

  4. Green says:

    Also try Diatomaceous Earth. It kills any crawling bug it contacts. It’s also very safe,and is used as a food addative.

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