Does Borax Kill Bed Bugs?

I am going to freely spill the beans regarding the efficiency of chemicals like Borax. Many of the companies promote themselves as the ultimate in getting rid of bed bugs. Let’s explore it. Are they really able to achieve this miracle? Does Borax kill Bed bugs? Borax just suffocates these pests.

Does Borax kill bed bugs

No, it is not effective enough to kill Bed Bugs. In some countries, they even use it in their food as a substitute of salt. It is also used by the cosmetic giants. So you can imagine its toxicity level. It is not at all recommended to ingest it or apply it on your skin as it is harmful. It is toxic if used in large dosages. However, there are some good points.

  • It is a “greener” choice. It occurs in the mines of Mojave Desert (Boron, California) and in other parts of US. Chile and Tibet also produce Borax. It is quite friendly to our mother earth.
  • You can also synthesize it from other boron compounds.
  • It is flame retardant.
  • It is a mild antiseptic.
  • It is a corrosion inhibitor.
  • It is very good deodorizer so, it can be used to prevent the residual smell caused by Bed bugs.
  • It is an excellent water softener. It can save your clothes from the side effects of hard water.
  • Borax is cheap.

How Borax is toxic to Bed bugs?

The following points are enough to remove all the confusion from the statement “does borax kill bed bugs?”

  • It suffocates bugs if they inhale borax. It irritates their lungs.
  • It cut the sharp edges of bed bugs if they crawl over Borax.
  • It dehydrates them as it is a salt. Salt is attributed as a dehydrating agent.
  • It dries out the exoskeleton on bugs.

How to use Borax to avoid Bed Bugs?

  • Mix some Borax powder in hot water at 98 degree Fahrenheit. Wash your bed linens and clothing in this water to get rid of these pesky creatures.

Does Borax kill Bed bugs

  • You can also sprinkle some borax over your mattress. Make sure to pound the mattress to scatter borax equally. Pounding also dislodges debris and bedbug.
  • Add half a cup of borax in water for washing clothes. This is a very effective tool to wash off urine smells and stains. Borax boosts detergent’s cleaning efficiency. This pesky smell also attracts bed bugs towards your bedding.
  • You can also dampen this smell by sprinkling some borax mixed with water on your mattress and carpets.
  • Wash your toilets and washrooms with Borax powder. Sprinkle it and let it stay for at least 2 to 3 hours. Then sweep it and wipe it off with water.
  • Use 1/2 cup of borax with 1/4 cup of vinegar to enhance its cleaning power. This mixture can be used for mopping the floor.

does borax kill bed bug

  • Blend finely in your food processor half cup of grated soap, one cup borax and 2 cups of washing soda. Use this home made powder for laundry.
  • Wipe your refrigerator and other household items to improve your dusting and housecleaning. You can even use it for washing utensils. Use it with washing detergents. Bed bugs are more prone to dirty and messy places. So keep it as clean as you can.

Handy Tips

  • Use it with care as it is toxic even to humans at some levels.
  • It can cause skin irritation, so do not forget to wear gloves while handling it.
  • It should never be inhaled.
  • Use a brush to apply borax any where.
  • First dip brush in water so that borax clings to it.
  • For best results use borax with hot water.

All the bedbug product companies are just using smoke and mirrors to improve their business. But the answers to questions such as “does borax kill bed bugs?” always help in getting answers regarding the product’s efficiency.


5 Responses to “Does Borax Kill Bed Bugs?”

  1. Lynn fulton says:

    Will boric acid harm infant/toddlers if inhaled or accidentally ingested?

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  3. Deb says:

    I was infested along with about half of this apt complex. I highly recommend Borax. I placed the legs of my bed in containers and about an inch of Borax. They can’t get passed that to get to me!
    Also sprinkle all around the floors where not caulked and when I find them still, they are white and d e a d!

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  4. marie, says:

    I will try the Borax suggestions, but I have a cat, any possibility the cat could be harmed by it, if I leave some on the floor etc as mentioned above?

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  5. DA says:

    Not recommended around pets, especially if you mix it with something like sugar or peanut butter (intended to attract insects, but might also attract other animals). Pets could track borax into their fir and lick it – not a good thing.

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