For many Americas, dealing with cockroaches, ants, and fleas can be a tremendous hassle. In some regions, it is a daily problem that just does not seem to get better without professional intervention.

When people notice these unwanted pests in their home, whether in their cabinets or on their hardwood flooring, their first instinct is to step on them and hope that the problem is solved. However, in the case of most infestations and deep problems, the fact of the matter is that such issues are often deeper than they appear.

So what can homeowners do?

Dousing the home in toxic fumes is rarely the right solution, and homeowners may not feel comfortable setting traps everywhere to combat the situation. Fortunately, there is an option that is all natural and non-toxic.

Boric acid is a staple in pest control, and it has been used for years to help control garden and household pests without spreading any unwanted fumes or other elements around the property.

Boric acid is a naturally occurring substance that can be found just about everywhere in nature. Everything from seawater to household plants produce boric acid.

Borax is a chemical cousin to boric acid, and the two compounds contain boron.

Though boric acid is a little bit more effective, borax can work as well. These compounds interfere with insect digestive systems, which kills them quickly and prevents them from reproducing or continuing destructive rampages through the property.