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Discussion in 'The Taxidermy Industry' started by whitetails and fish only, Sep 23, 2022.

  1. whitetails and fish only

    whitetails and fish only Well-Known Member

    There is a lot of controversy among taxidermists as to the effectiveness of borax as a bug deterrent so I will share the following. We have suddenly had a lot of ants on our kitchen counter that we could not seem to get rid of. Ant trapps did not work at all. I found a formula on line that mixed water, sugar, and borax together and in this liquid soak a few cotton balls and place them in the area of the ants. Within a day the ants were almost gone, all gone after a few more days. The sugar draws them out and the borax does them in apparently. I for one am a believer in borax and use it on all my mounts with zero bug problems over many years.
  2. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    This why I have never had to repair a DP'd piece of taxidermy from bug damage. Rodent damage, yes, but not from insects.

  3. freeze_1

    freeze_1 Booboo, my business manager

    When I was in business Borax was the only thing I would use on small game with the exception of weasel/ermine which I would soak in denatured alcohol for a few days first.
    I've had great success with Borax.
  4. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    I’ve been using dry preservative, which is borax based, for 52 years.
  5. Gray Ghost Safaris

    Gray Ghost Safaris Hunting Consultant

    Borac acid in powdered form will kill any insect that grooms itself. (spiders do not) but anything in your shop that walks across the dust will eventually groom itself and die. Put it in dusters and dust where none of your pets can access. Do not breathe the dust! As for Borax, it worked well for me for many years.
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