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Kajay’s Enviro Protocol

November 25, 2014 By: kajay Category: Enviro Spray and Protocol, Kajay's Recipes

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Boric acid + IGR  + knockdown
  • 1 Gallon covers my 2500 sq foot house and my SUV
  • I spray this only twice a year
I fired my pest control operators because they came in, sprayed, and the critters immediately hid from the spray everywhere I did not want them to go: my bed, dresser, and hanging clothes, as well as in any debris lying around. After I read an article in National Allergy magazine about using boric acid to help control dust mites, I devised this recipe. It takes a few weeks to kick in and it is easy to think that it is not this that makes things better – but in my case, it _is_ what made things better. A lot better. I find out if I go past the six month mark (I do this every July 4 and Christmas, that way I don’t forget).
Remember–this is what works for me. I am not qualified to offer a professional opinion or to tell you what you should or should not do, or what is safe or what is not safe.

WHERE I SPRAY

  • I spray me first!
  • I spray where I don’t want them to go second
  • I spray a grid pattern to leave them a place to escape
And yes, it does last that long. I have been doing this for years now and it still is the best thing I’ve tried (and I’ve tried a lot, like you).
Warning: Do not use this on anything a child or pet might chew.

DETAILS

Preparation

If I have time, I vacuum. But if I don’t have time to vacuum, I spray anyway. The sooner the better.
Recipe
In a gallon sprayer, I–
  • Add 1 quart hot water
  • Stir in 1/2 Cup orthoboric acid (Eaton’s brand is cheap and available online)
  • Add the manufacturer recommended amount of ANY brand of insect growth regulator
  • Add a people-friendly knockdown like Enzyme Cleaner with Peppermint or Orange Plus (tho a little Pine Sol might be okay too)
  • Mix thoroughly then fill sprayer to fill line
Strategy
I spray a fine but solid stream around everywhere I don’t want the critters to run once I start spraying:
  • ME (especially shoes/boots)
  • Beds
  • Dressers where I am still able to store my clothes (thx to menthol crystals)
  • Closets where I am still able to let my clothes hang
  • Electrical sockets, light switches and fixtures
  • Around window and door frames
Technique
I spray two thin streams around the walls, one at knee level and the other just below the ceiling. I “paint” around obstacles like big furniture but make sure I keep the line solid. The thin stream helps ensure I can spray my whole 2500 sq ft home with one gallon. The solid part ensures that the critters on the walls can go nowhere without “crossing streams.”
Follow-Up
I do this on July 4 and Christmas. If I go eight months I start having problems, including “fliers.”

 

BORATES – When and How I Use Them–or Not

April 16, 2013 By: kajay Category: Enviro Spray and Protocol

WHEN I USE BORATES

WHY USE? Boric acid kills THREE ways: it shreds soft tissue (larval stage for critters that have one, and critters who have just ‘molted,’ that is, that have just outgrown and shed their exoskeleton).

BRAND–I buy the cheapest boric acid [aka ‘orthoboric acid’] that I can find, which happened to be Eaton’s the last time I checked).

 ENVIRO SPRAY (for porous or soft surfaces)–Fill a gallon jug partly full of HOT water. No, boric acid will not dissolve in cold water. But it WILL dissolve in hot water. Add the amount of IGR specified for use in a gallon sprayer on the IGR instructions. Then add any detergent for a knockdown. My first choice is LimeAway. It is toxic, however I use a tiny amount, leave the house while the floor dries, and then come back.

SOFT SURFACES–If you use my enviro spray on carpet and all other porous or absorbent surfaces in the home (upholstery, curtains, walls painted with flat latex paint, stucco), it soaks in. I just sprayed all my newly painted walls and there is no evidence of the presence of a borate on the wall (they are light colors).

DARK SURFACES–AVOID. Period.

HARD SURFACES–Same: AVOID. Period.

Warning: NEVER use DRY borates on hard floors! They make the surface slippery and dangerous.

WHEN I DON’T USE BORATES

Because borates do leave a white powder residue on dark surfaces and because dry powders in general make hard floors slippery, I recommend using NON-borates on dark surfaces and hard floors. There is no single product that will work for you or for everyone. Here are the main things I look for:
  1. NON-TOXIC
  2. IMPEDED MOVEMENT
  3. MASKS HUMAN SCENT
For example, I look for a non-toxic ingredient that impedes critter movement (ideally kills them but at least keeps them from jumping on me for a day or two), and that masks my scent. White vinegar will work for a few hours, and you can spray it full strength or diluted. Other options include, and this is not everything, of course–
  • an orange or lemon-fragranced cleaner such as Orange Plus; OR
  • an evergreen-scented product like Pine Sol, Lysol, or Cedarcide
Warning: Natural evergreen scent is carried into the lungs via resins that accumulate in the lungs and can eventually cause respiratory problems. This is the only reason why I have not bought a cedar bed, lol!