Nothing is more valuable than discovering evidence of mice in your home. These tiny visitors are unwelcome and unpleasant and can also be challenging to get rid of. If placing and cleaning traditional mouse traps does not appeal, consider making your mouse poisonous.
Let’s define Borax, and see if it can be used to treat mouse infestations.
What Exactly Is Borax?
The mineral borax has been used as a cleaning agent for decades. It is a white powder that can also be found under sodium borate and tetraborate. A small sampling of its many potential uses is as follows:
- It helps to remove stains, mold, and mildew from the home.
- Effective against insects such as ants.
- It is found in laundry detergent and household cleaners to remove dirt and whiten clothes.
- Hard water can be softened.
- It acts as a fire retardant.
Cosmetics also use Borax as a buffering agent, emulsifier, or preservative in creams, gels, shampoos, lotions, scrubs, bath bombs, and other products. It’s also one of the ingredients in “slime,” a gooey substance that many kids enjoy playing with.
However, due to growing concern about the safety of Borax, numerous modern ingredients have been replaced in cosmetics and cleansers. Slime can now also be made with cornstarch.
Does Borax Kill Mice?
Many believe using Borax can eliminate cockroaches, ants, silverfish, fleas, rats, and even mice. Some studies, however, claim that Borax has little effect on mice, claiming that it only affects testicular function and sperm mobility.
The best results are obtained when Borax is combined with food to form an effective poison. Combine Borax with peanut butter or ground dog or cat food to make the bait. Place the bait in mouse holes or other areas where rodents congregate. The mice will consume the bait and return it to their nest, exposing the other mice to the Borax.
In addition, you can use Borax to deter mice from invading your home. Sprinkle borax around any openings, crevices, eaves, or roofs. If you have children or pets, you should choose a different method.
Is Borax Safe?
Even though it is advertised as a “green product” with no artificial ingredients, Borax is not risk-free. Borax is usually packaged in a box with a warning label that warns consumers about the dangers of ingesting the product or exposing their eyes to it. With this in mind, Borax is not suitable for human consumption.
Boron toxicity can occur when exposed to high doses. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) have linked borax exposure to several adverse human health outcomes, such as:
- Hormone imbalances
If you notice mice in your home, the best way to eliminate them is by hiring a professional pest control company. They can help you solve issues from the root cause and prevent future infestations. At Hero Pest Control, our technicians are certified, licensed, and experienced in all aspects of pest control. We offer the most effective treatments and products to get your place back to its original condition—free of mice. Contact us today for more information about how we can help you get rid of mice in your home.