How to use Boric Acid powder to kill fleas on carpets

People have been fighting fleas, ants, cockroaches and other pest with boric acid for decades. Boric acid is one of the most effective flea control agents ever developed.  Fleas live off the blood they gain from their hosts, normally animals & pets like cats and dogs but they can also feast on the blood of humans.

Boric acid is a wonderful tool for controlling fleas in homes, especially on carpets where they tend to live and lay their eggs. It is effective in extremely small amounts and retains its potency almost indefinitely provided the deposit remains dry. Boric acid is deadly to fleas, but is low in toxicity to people, pets and other non target animals. It is also odourless and contains no volatile solvents. In humans, boric acid is only slightly more toxic than table salt but care must always be taken when using around pets and children.

Fleas succumb to boric acid when they crawl over treated areas. Boric acid powder kills fleas by acting as a desiccant causing severe dehydration to them and ensuring death. In order to eliminate the fleas it is important to treat all areas by sprinkling the powder over the surfaces.

Where to buy boric acid powder

***How to make an applicator for using boric acid***

Take an old Pringles container or similar which has a detachable plastic lid. It is important to place stick a label on the outside of the container and write clearly that it contains Boric Acid so as there is no chance of it being misused at a later date. Put a few pebbles into the container (these help to prevent the powder caking when it is stored away and also helps when applying). Now fill the container up to about 2/3 full with the boric acid powder. Carefully, using a knitting needle or similar pointed tool pierce the plastic lid of the container 20 or 30 times to form a series of holes through which the boric acid can pass.

Alternatively just buy a shaker as for instance used for castor sugar but make sure that you label it for the boric acid and keep it away from food stuffs and out of reach of children.

***Where to apply the boric acid***

Where the powder is applied is just as important as how it’s applied. Fleas prefer to live in carpets, fabrics, upholstery, bedding etc. All areas can be treated with boric acid powder but care should be taken with coloured fabrics to prevent possible discolouration. If unsure pre-test an inconspicuous area first. Remember to apply under furniture.

NEVER apply boric acid onto countertops or other exposed surfaces, especially those used to prepare food.

***How to apply boric acid to kill fleas***

Before applying boric acid it is advisable to vacuum the carpets, upholstery etc first. Dispose of the vacuum bag into the bin as many of the fleas will been lifted. Remove all loose objects, toys, shoes, etc from the areas to be treated.  For best results, the powder should be applied in a very thin layer barely visible to the naked eye.  To apply a fine layer, shake the container and puff a small quantity of the powder into the target area. Then work the powder into the carpet pile with a soft bristled brush so that it gets down where the fleas tend to live. If applying to upholstery use a hand brush remembering to work the boric acid down into gaps.

After 1 – 2 days vacuum all surfaces treated and vacuum carpets regularly after this as the boric acid will continue to kill both the fleas and their larvae. After a month shampoo carpets.

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How to use Boric Acid to kill cockroaches

People have been fighting cockroaches with boric acid for nearly a century. Boric acid is one of the most effective cockroach control agents ever developed provided that it is used correctly. Unfortunately, most people use it incorrectly, and in the process waste their money and effort.

Boric acid is a wonderful tool for controlling cockroaches in homes, restaurants and other buildings. It is effective in extremely small amounts and retains its potency almost indefinitely provided the deposit remains dry. Unlike many insecticides, boric acid has no repellency to insects and, consequently, roaches return to treated areas repeatedly until they die. Boric acid is deadly to cockroaches, but is low in toxicity to people, pets and other non target animals. It is also odourless and contains no volatile solvents. In humans, boric acid is only slightly more toxic than table salt.

Cockroaches succumb to boric acid when they crawl over treated areas. The tiny particles of powder adhere to the cockroaches’ body, and the material is ingested as the roach preens the powder from its legs and antennae. Some boric acid is also absorbed through the greasy outer covering of the insect’s body. All species of cockroaches are susceptible to boric acid provided the powder is applied into areas where the cockroaches are living.

Where to buy boric acid powder

***How to make an applicator for using boric acid***

Take an old Pringles container or similar which has a detachable plastic lid. It is important to place stick a label on the outside of the container and write clearly that it contains Boric Acid so as there is no chance of it being misused at a later date. Put a few pebbles into the container (these help to prevent the powder caking when it is stored away and also helps when applying). Now fill the container up to about 2/3 full with the boric acid powder. Carefully, using a knitting needle or similar pointed tool pierce the plastic lid of the container 20 or 30 times to form a series of holes through which the boric acid can pass.

Alternatively just buy a shaker as for instance used for castor sugar but make sure that you label it for the boric acid and keep it away from food stuffs.

***Where to apply the boric acid***

Where the powder is applied is just as important as how it’s applied. Cockroaches prefer to live in cracks, crevices and secluded areas close to food, moisture and warmth. Kitchens and bathrooms are the most common areas to find cockroaches, although any area of a home may become infested if the infestation is severe.  Key areas for treatment include under/behind the refrigerator, cooker and dishwasher, into the opening where plumbing pipes enter walls (such as under sinks and behind the toilet, shower and washing machine), and into cracks along edges and corners inside cupboards and pantries. Another very important area to treat is under cupboards, sinks and equipment.

NEVER apply boric acid onto countertops or other exposed surfaces, especially those used to prepare food.

***How to apply boric acid to kill cockroaches***

The key to success with boric acid is proper application. For best results, the powder should be applied in a very thin layer barely visible to the naked eye. Piles or heavy accumulations will be avoided by foraging cockroaches. To apply a fine layer, shake the container and puff a small quantity of the powder into the target area.

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How to grow Sodium Chloride Salt crystals

Salt Crystal

Growing crystals is fun and very rewarding. It does take time and a lot of patience but the final results can be amazing.

The secret to quality crystals is working with clean equipment and good quality PDV Salt. The process involves using a saturated solution to firstly create a single seed crystal and then growing this seed crystal as large as you like.

Please note: As you will be working with hot water it is important that children are supervised at all times.

Ingredients needed to grow your own Salt crystals:

  • Water
  • Sodium Chloride salt
  • 2 clean jars
  • Fishing line
  • A pencil or stiff wire
  • Tablespoon
  • A cloth
  • Gloves

Instructions on how to grow Salt crystals:

Stage 1 – Producing a saturated solution.

  • Using gloves add salt to a jar containing water and stir until dissolved.
  • Keep adding more salt and mixing until no more will dissolve.
  • There should be some undissolved alum settled at the bottom of the jar.
  • Allow the jar to sit for an hour so that all undissolved solid settles to the bottom of the jar.
  • Carefully transfer only the liquid to a second clean jar and seal it for the next processes.

Stage 2 – Producing the seed crystal.

  • Pour some of the saturated solution into a clean jar.
  • Cover the jar with a cloth and place in a dark place (cupboard etc).
  • A few crystals should start forming at the bottom of the jar. (see notes)
  • Allow them  to continue to grow until they are large enough to handle easily.
  • Remove the crystals from the jar and keep dry for using in the next process.
  • Seed crystals that you wish to keep for later should be wrapped in tissue.

Stage 3 – Growing the large crystals.

  • Take the original jar of saturated salt solution.
  • Tie one of the seed crystals to a length of fishing line.
  • Tie the other end of the line to a pencil or some stiff wire.
  • Immerse the seed crystal into the jar making sure that it is not touching the sides or the base.
  • Place the pencil or wire across the top of the jar and fix in position with a bit of tape.
  • Cover the jar with a cloth and set aside to allow the crystal to grow.
  • Keep out of direct sunlight and away from heaters, radiators etc.
  • As the crystal grows the level of the saturated solution will drop.
  • you can top up the solution by making more of it (repeat stage 1) and adding carefully so as to avoid disturbing the growing crystal.
  • You can continue doing this for days, weeks, months or even years – it just depends on how big a crystal you want to grow.
  • When you are happy with the finished crystal remove it and store it somewhere dry.

Notes:

Salt is the short name for sodium chloride

For the cleanest crystals distilled water should be use instead of tap water .

It is very important that during all processes you keep the containers covered to prevent dust getting in which will spoil the crystals.

If during the seed growing process you notice that the complete surface of the base is covered in tiny crystals this means that the jar was not clean and you will need to start this process again.

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How to make Rock Candy on a stick

Growing crystals is fun and very rewarding. It does take time and a lot of patience but the final results can be amazing and in this case very tasty.

The secret to quality Rock Candy (aka Sugar candy) is working with clean equipment and good quality sugar. The process involves using a saturated solution of sugar in water and allowing the sugar to crystallise out slowly.

Please note: As you will be working with hot water and sugar it is important that children are supervised at all times.

Ingredients needed to grow your own rock candy:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 4 cups of granulated sugar
  • Food colouring
  • 1 clean glass jar
  • wooden skewer
  • Clothes peg
  • Tablespoon
  • Cooking pot
  • A cloth
  • Oven Gloves

Instructions on how to make rock candy:

Stage 1 – Producing a saturated solution.

  • Heat the water in a pot until it is boiling.
  • Add the sugar one cup at a time stirring until it is dissolved.
  • When all the sugar has been dissolved remove the pot from the heat.
  • Add food colouring and mix in thoroughly.
  • Allow the solution of sugar and water to cool for 10 to 15 minutes.

Stage 2 – Preparing the wooden skewer.

  • Take a wooden skewer and place it in the clean glass jar.
  • Raise the skewer so that it is 2 cm from the base of the jar.
  • Attach 2 clothes pegs so that they rest across the top of the jar and keep the skew in position.
  • Remove the skewer and wet the section that will be in the sugar solution with water.
  • Dip the wet skewer in sugar so that it has a coating of sugar on it.
  • The skewer is now ready for the rock candy crystals to grow on it.

Stage 3 – Growing the Rock Candy crystals.

  • Carefully pour the dissolved sugar solution into the jar.
  • Slowly drop the wooden skewer into the solution making sure the pegs are in still in position.
  • Check that the skewer is still 2 cm from the base and not touching the sides of the jar.
  • Cover the jar with a cloth and set aside to allow the crystal to grow.
  • Keep out of direct sunlight and away from heaters, radiators etc.
  • The rock candy crystals will start to grow in a few hours.
  • After about a week the rock candy should be large enough to remove.
  • You can leave it for longer to grow as big as you want.
  • When you are happy with the finished results remove it and enjoy.

Notes:

It is very important that during all processes you keep the containers covered to prevent dust getting in which will spoil the crystals.

If the crystals have not started growing on the skewer within 24 hours reheat the sugar/water solution again in a pot adding some more sugar and repeat the process.

Do not try to produce more than one rock candy per jar.

 

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