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In this instructable I'll show you a simple trick for killing cockroaches and ants and possibly even help plants.
It implies baking soda and fine sugar. And it's totally bio.

Please read on...

Step 1: Ingredients

First take some sugar and some baking soda.
Then mix them in a container.
There should be a ratio of 1/3 (3 units of sugar for 1 unit of baking soda).

Step 2: Pack It Up

Now take the mixed powder and pour it on a piece of absorbent paper, tissue or just about any kind of paper and fold the paper in any shape you like.
I personally prefer to fold it into a triangle for ease of storage and simplicity (as a bonus you can take it, rip it open, throw it on the ground and let it do its magic).

Step 3: Why and How It Works

Cockroaches and ants totally like sugar, but when they eat the sugar combined with baking soda, the sodium bicarbonate reacts with the water in the bugs and produces carbon dioxide gas, which bursts open the exoskeleton of the bug.(In simple terms killing the bug) DISCLAIMER ; I DO NOT HAVE ANY SOLID PROOF THAT THIS TECHNIQUE WORKS.

Also baking soda can neutralize acid soil making it fit for plants, and the sugar can help the plant grow (only if added in very small quantities). But beware it is not necessarily beneficial for the soil or plants for it can kill the microbes maintaining the soil rich for plants.  

And its biodegradable.

I hope you'll find this trick useful in your battle against bugs.

PS.This is my second instructable. Feedback appreciated.
Another great method for getting rid of any pest, from ants to scorpions, is diatomaceous earth. Neat stuff, you can get it at a hardware store for your pool, or at your farmers market for health. Regardless its like little shards of glass to little cridders and it digs itself through the exoskeleton and kind of scrambles the insides. Its kept the ants out of my place so far.
Baking soda is not beneficial to the soil. It is a non-discriminant anti-fungal agent which can disrupt the healthy microbial life in your soil. In these small quantities you are probably okay, but I would not try to sell this recipe as beneficial for the soil or biodegradable.
Wait so its not biodegradable ?
Biodegradable usually means that a substance can be consumed by microbes such as bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and/or micro-arthropods. They, in turn, digest it and excrete different sets of chemicals or organic materials. Baking soda dissolves into an ionic solution in water which happens to be toxic to fungi at concentrations easily achievable with your mix. There may be some microbes which tolerate baking soda and can consume it as described. At least it is not a persistent molecule like some plastics, which are considered non-biodegradable.
Thanks for the info, it's very helpful.
Thank you for pointing it out, I edited that part and in any case I'm not trying to sell it. <br>
<p>Thanks</p>
<p>I tried this and it totally works!! We have a <a href="http://www.accuratetermite.com" rel="nofollow">pest control company in Austin</a> that we use for scorpions and I told him about it and he said he had also heard about this. super cool.</p>
<p>Glad to hear that!</p>
Don't know about outside ( haven't tried it ) but inside : mix a little bit of dawn dish liquid with pan of very warm water add Clorox as strong as u can handle,put on gloves, get a sponge wet and go to town around the inside perimeter of your house. This disrupts the scent smell they follow . This is a bit tiresome , I put it down once a week . You ask why I would ? Imported fire ants ! I live in Florida , my pit bull knocked a couple pieces of food out of his dish then wouldn't eat any of it . It was absolutely covered in fire ants in about 5 minutes. Their bite stings , itches and can become infected. Since putting it down I have not seen one of any variety . Also I sweep and mop daily be careful not to mop up the bleach mixture unless your going to put it down again ,lol. Still looking for something safe for pets and kids to use outside. The ant hills here are little but there is like a hundred of them, many entrances one nest. You have to be careful bc if you put something on one of them they may ATTACK you from another. They are very aggressive , need to get then out of area for kids and Perry's to be safe from them.
<p>My cockroaches like steak</p>
Boric acid kneaded with flour works very well for cockroaches.
Thanks! I'll take a note.
do u think it would work on ants?
Yeah, if the powder is VERY fine.
Oooooh!! I'm ready to try this now! Why do your need to wrap it up?
Thanks for commenting, as for wrapping up the powder I did it for one reason: <br>if I were to take the powder and just throw it on the ground it would disperse in the slightest breeze over a large area. My solution to this problem was to confine the powder in a small strategic area by warping it up. <br>PS.Good luck on your pest problem.
Thanks! Have to admit, given an ant invasion, I was hoping for a sound like pop-corn as the little beasts explode. One just went by on the floor. Time to experiment...bwahahahahahah
Pictures of dead bugs?
Nope, not yet at least...
There's too many crackpot theories on taking care of pests to know if something works, until you find dead ones.
If bugs eat this stuff they won't just hang around until they die, so chances are that you won't find any dead ones lying around. <br>My only proof is that the number of bugs I see around today is 1 a week compared to 4 a day a year ago.
Awesome.
Your welcome.
Useful info, thanks for sharing.

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