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Old 25th July 2012, 10:24   #61
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Where do we get boric acid?
Any local chemist shop . It's in powder form easily available.
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Anyone got a solution for ants.
They even cut through maggi sealed packets to get to maggi. Nothing is safe, not even biscuits etc., in sealed packing. They come from everywhere, through microscopic holes in slabs, through electrical contacts, through the wooden window frames....
Will boric acid mixed with flour actually work? Will it kill their colony?
Turmeric powder (haldi) is very effective against ants. Put turmeric power liberally in the openings from where the ants enter.

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Where do we get boric acid?
Boric acid is nothing but carrom powder. Available at chemist stores.

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Turmeric powder (haldi) is very effective against ants. Put turmeric power liberally in the openings from where the ants enter.
I think its effective for ants. The ants in my home have learnt ayurveda and now frolic in turmeric and enjoy its healing properties.
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Where do we get boric acid?
You can get it from many medical stores. Most shops that supply chemicals to labs also store it. Its sometimes also called hydrogen borate. My brother is a doctor, so I get it from a medical store in his hospital.

If you cannot get boric acid, you can order the premixed thing online. That is also cheap as hell. 4 packets for 120/- including shipping.

I have sometimes seen hardware stores selling the premix. It was called "Baba ramdev powder"
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I think its effective for ants. The ants in my home have learnt ayurveda and now frolic in turmeric and enjoy its healing properties.
If you stay in a residential apartment then might be worth checking if there's pest control needed around the society premises, especially if its an old building. We had an ant problem which was then finally resolved when the building was replastered/ repainted and pest control done in the building.
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My kitchen is infested with little insects, smaller than ants.

They are so small that they manage to enter closed boxes/containers with lids.

They do not like simple items like rice, pulses, flour etc but are very fond of spices, papads etc.

The only consolation is that they can't enter sealed packets.

What are these little creatures and how to get rid of them ?

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Has anyone tried the Goodknight Hit Cockroach Gel? Is it good?
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Reviving an old thread.

I am looking for something that can repel house flies in the parking area outside the house and the balcony.
Any suggestions are welcome.
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What's worked best for me is an annual pest control contract - I have taken up with Godrej. They do it once a quarter and it doesn't cost much ( a shade less than Rs. 2000/ per annum ). They are quite professional, call in advance for your time, remind you on when its due to be done and do a very good job at it. It doesn't take more than 15 minutes for my 3 BHK. And they are quite effective. I have this annual contract running with them for the past 6 years and have remained pest free.

^^ - Houseflies - no idea. I do encounter them during specific seasons, especially during the summers at Bangalore, but then, those are momentary.
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Has anyone tried the Goodknight Hit Cockroach Gel? Is it good?
Well, I tried it. It's really good. It gets rid of most cockroaches and is easy to use.
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I have maintained an Annual Contract with ISIS HiCare for the past 3 years and have been very satisfied with the results.
In addition to this, the floor of my home is mopped everyday with water+cleaner+a cap of Dettol antiseptic liquid. Another measure we adopt is not to leave dirty utensils in the sink for the night and to regularly flush the sink and commodes regularly with hot water. This keeps drains open, clean, non-odorous and from what I heard pest free also.
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The HIT does work and is quite effective. The real issue is different - it eliminates the cockroaches in your home, but then, it doesn't prevent them from coming back again - thanks to how your neighbor manages his/her house. So, it becomes one repetitive rigor each day and its quite irritating to be spraying HIT every day. This is purely based on my past experience with HIT before I switched over to a regular and routine home pest control solution, which, touch wood, has been working very well for me for several years now.
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So, it becomes one repetitive rigor each day and its quite irritating to be spraying HIT every day.
I wasn't referring to the spray, but the gel. I do it once in a couple of weeks - it takes less than a minute.
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Come winter and it seems rats and mice love finding refuge in my home. I have killed 4 so far, but this one is managing to elude me.

I am currently using generous amount of peppermint oil in cotton balls and it seems to work. But the damn thing must be still alive.

Cockroaches - The gel works really well and the oft frequented area had been cleared off them, but these guys are now finding new places - places which they were never seen.
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I have maintained an Annual Contract with ISIS HiCare for the past 3 years and have been very satisfied with the results.
In addition to this, the floor of my home is mopped everyday with water+cleaner+a cap of Dettol antiseptic liquid. Another measure we adopt is not to leave dirty utensils in the sink for the night and to regularly flush the sink and commodes regularly with hot water. This keeps drains open, clean, non-odorous and from what I heard pest free also.
It is not ISIS Hi Care but ISS HI care!!

Incidentally a company I have spent my last 5 years in!!

www.in.issworld.com
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