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Chicken, pig, and tortoise safe pesticide?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Sundragons, May 21, 2018.

  1. Oct 11, 2018
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    Terro's active ingredient is Borax...sodium tetraborate decahydrate.
    I said Borax!! not
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    Yes, the same thing you wash clothes with.
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    This is not however, boric acid, which is formed from borax by processes involving hydrochloric acid. You probably won't find anything much safer than borax, tho it does have some drawbacks.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borax#Toxicity

    No, the liquid form of Terro will not work on fire ants due to the very large number of inhabitants in each mound. We used to use powdered Boric Acid to kill them but it took a lot, wasn't terribly effective and certainly was not rain proof.
    Boric acid btw, is a common treatment for any chemically untreated wood, such as logs cut for log homes. It's to prevent borers and other insects away or to make them 'dead'. It has to be reapplied about every 2-3 years, inside walls and out.

    Yes, cornmeal and grits both are reputed to kill ants "by exploding them because the meal swells up once they swallow it".
    It's an old wives tale, a myth, an internet rumor, an untruth or worse, but, if you do buy some to kill ants, at least buy a big bag and of good quality so you can make cornbread with what's left in the bag once you find it doesn't work.
     
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