Figured out that boric acid is one of the most effective ways to get rid of roaches, huh?
Well, pest control companies know this too and it seems like they have some sort of agreement with retail stores to make the stuff tough to find – and force you to hire an exterminator!
Don’t waste hundreds of dollars on a professional when you can do your own pest control using a great roach killer – 100% natural (and safe) boric acid.
Our guide will show you where to buy boric acid powder, but first:
What is Boric Acid?
Boric acid is a natural, powerful insecticide found in many commercially available pesticides. The powder gets picked up by the roach as it runs through a treated area and it attacks the bug’s nervous system and drys out their bodies. The roach eventually dies from dehydration.
When I first heard about boric acid, I had no idea what it even looked like. Turns out it is nothing exciting:
But even after knowing what it looks like, I still didn’t know where to find the stuff.
So, after searching various sources, I’ve put together a list of where to buy boric acid, both locally and online.
Where to Buy Boric Acid Powder for Roaches
But not yet.
For now Amazon ships it’s crazy range of boric acid products the old fashioned way.
Like with just about any other product imaginable, Amazon is probably the easiest source for where to buy boric acid.
There are, of course, lots of pest control companies online that also sell the stuff, but I’ve found that they tend to be more expensive and take much longer to ship their products. Amazon knows what it’s doing and I definitely recommend using them if you are going to purchase online.
Drug Stores and Pharmacies
CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid all carry some form of boric acid powder to be used to kill roaches.
Curiously enough, this product is not often available in their online stores and must be purchased from a brick and mortar location.
The product that I found in Walgreens cost about $4 and is called Boric Acid Roach Killer III Powder
The powder was located in the “household section” and my local Walgreens which had a “pest control” section of that aisle.
Ask the pharmacist if you can’t find it on the shelves as some locations will have it behind the counter due to the chemicals it contains.
Home Depot & Lowe’s
Home Depot and Lowe’s Home Improvement both have extensive pest control options in their local and online stores. Visit the garden center of the store and look for the “home and perimeter insect control” section.
There you will find a wide variety of brands and sizes of boric acid powder products.
One thing that Home Depot and Lowes both had that other stores did not, where roach traps that contained boric acid powder.
If you want to skip the DIY portion of boric acid baits, these stores offer pre-made bait traps that can be purchased in addition to the powder itself.
Grocery stores are a great place for where to buy boric acid, but it is not always located where you think it should be. Depending on your preferred chain, the powder could be found in the pharmacy, the household cleaners aisle, or the laundry detergent aisle.
I have found that the laundry aisle is the most likely place to find boric acid powder, but it will be under the name borax – which is used as (you guessed it) a laundry detergent:
While borax is not exactly the same as boric acid powder (borax is extracted from the mineral kernite and boric acid is extracted from the mineral sassolite), it kills roaches just fine (plus it is typically cheaper and easier to find than boric acid powder).
What does Walmart not have?
Boric acid sure isn’t something that the store is missing. My local Wal-Mart had 4 different brands available in multiple sizes (1lb bottles – 5lb buckets).
The online store has many more.
When visiting your local store, check the home and garden section (if there is one) or visit the household essentials section. It will be placed with other pest control products.
When trying to figure our where to buy boric acid (or any other product for that matter), Walmart is typically the answer.
Pool Supply Stores
A lesser known source of finding boric acid powder is visiting your local pool supply store. I only know about it because I worked at a pool store one summer. Folks use boric acid all the time to improve their water clarity, soften the water, and to create “sparkles” in their pools.
You don’t need to have a pool or spa to visit your local pool store. Head on in and ask for some boric acid powder:
Just know that the size it comes in at the pool store (usually anywhere from 25lbs – 50lbs) is going to be WAY more than you will need to get rid of your roaches (Hopefully. Please call a professional if you are in need of 50lbs of the stuff to address your roach issue).
For some tips on what to do with all that left over powder, check out this list of boric acid uses.
Along with last minute birthday and Christmas presents, Dollar Stores can be a great resource for pest control products – on the cheap!
My local Dollar Tree carries that same Boric Acid Roach Killer III Powder found in Walgreens – but it is only $1!
The downside to the dollar store deals is that each store is pretty hit or miss, so visit one if you are in the area, but don’t make a special trip as your local store may not have it.