Using boric acid on mites is one of the most reliable ways to get rid of these creatures. However, you need to do more than just spray the acid.
Prepare the area first. You can do this by vacuuming the house. If there are only a few mites, you can perform selective vacuuming (i.e., in the bedroom only). If there are mites everywhere, it is best if you vacuum the whole house. Pay close attention to carpeted areas. Just like fleas and ticks, the mites hide there too.
Move aside any furniture so you can clean the area around it. Move the furniture so you can spray easily. Keep pets and children far from the areas being treated with the powder.
When using boric acid on mites, make sure to leave it there for 48 hours. After 48 hours, vacuum the floors and carpets. You need to be thorough when you vacuum; boric acid can be toxic for plants. You must also make sure that pets do not eat it.
Check the carpets and flooring. The mites will be gone. If there are a few remnants, wash or steam clean the carpets. Repeat the treatment after a week. This step is done to ascertain that no more mites are left.
Information about Bed Mites
These are parasitic insects that live off human or animal blood. They are not the same as dust mites, which are microscopic in nature. When bitten by bed mites, you will get red itchy sores.
These bites can also be very painful. Most of them are found in beds and sleeping bags. It should be noted that these creatures do not transmit diseases.
Other Uses of Boric Acid
Aside from killing mites, boric acid can also be used on other insects. They are capable of killing fleas, ticks, lice termites, centipedes, ants and cockroaches. For this reason it is included in many insecticides.
Aside from spraying, you can mix boric acid with sugar or flour to get rid of these insects and parasites. Boric acid is very effective because it dehydrates the insects’ bodies, leading to dehydration. However, it isn’t as successful when used on bedbugs because bedbugs don’t have chewing mouth components.
If using boric acid on mites, it is not necessary to apply a very thick layer. Even a light one will be sufficient. If you are going to use a lot of boric acid, perform a thorough vacuuming afterwards.