Will Boric Acid Kill Bed Bugs?
Will boric acid kill bed bugs? Well, although boric acid is quite effective in killing cockroaches, termites, ants and other such insects, it is not that effective when it comes to bed bug extermination.
Boric acid, also referred to as boraic acid, is a toxic white substance available in powder form that is generally considered good for eliminating pests.
When ingested by any insect, boric acts like a stomach poison, affects the nervous system, ultimately making the insect paralyzed. It also helps kill insects by acting as a drying agent.
Thus, boric acid works best when ingested but bed bugs can not consume it because their mouth parts are meant to pierce and suck. However, it can be used as drying agent on bed bug skin in order kill the annoying creature through dehydration.
But, bed bug termination using boric acid works well mostly in low humidity areas. In addition, using boric acid on furniture may leave a white film on the surface thereby ruining its appearance.
So, the answer to your query, “Will boric acid kill bed bugs?” is yes but the process works slowly (may take weeks) and is hence not considered effective in controlling bed bug infestation.