Posted by Norman Fong, July 20th, 2011
I found a friend who was using Chinese Miraculous Insecticide Chalk otherwise known as Pretty Baby Chalk and Chinese Chalk. Tres Pasitos is a Spanish name for this product. The product is illegal and dangerous. The EPA has a warning on it too. We tried it in the past and found that it didn’t really work.
It does kill bugs because it contains toxic chemicals but are hazardous around kids. Did you know that plain old chalk also works!
If you want to use Chinese Insecticide Chalk, consider Black Flag Ant & Roach Killing Chalk instead.
The dangers of Chinese Insecticide Chalk
The chemicals in the insecticide chalk change from batch to batch and have contained chemicals that produce serious health effects, including vomiting, stomach pains, convulsions, tremors, coma, and death due to respiratory failure. Serious allergic reactions are also possible. If you see a store selling this, report them to the local health department or agricultural Department.
We prefer to use insecticides made with natural ingredients and no poisonous chemicals. Orange Guard, which is made from d-Limonene (orange peel extract) keeps the ants away. Spray and leave it for a while to soak in.
Check out our green pest control article. Eco friendly pesticide alternatives includeDiatomaceous Earth – (Info), Baking soda, vinegar, plain old ordinary soap, peppermint, baby powder. Here are some ant removal tips.
EcoPCO ACU contact insecticide is another eco-friendly insecticide alternative. It is made from plant essential oils and contains no poisonous chemicals.
Eliminating ants at the source
We have tried to trace ants back to their source. Follow the ant trails and patiently observe where they are coming from. When you have found their origination point, caulk holes, foam up areas next to pipes, etc. to prevent them from reaching you in the first place. Preventing bug access should be the #1 goal.