If you check the label it will state to keep away from children and pets.
Although Boric acid has a very low toxicity to mammals avoiding exposure is the best approach.
With baits it is important to understand that ants will change their feeding habits based on the colonies needs for sugar verses protein check the label for information as to a sugar base or protein base. Crashing a colony with a sugar based bait and a protein based bait is the best approach. Maxforce or Combat are protein based granular ant baits that work well on most ant species. Identification is critical as ant species have different behaviors and bait preferences.
Multiple queen species like pharaoh and fire ant should not be treated with repellent insecticides sprays like permethrin or you will cause the colony to relocate and splinter into new colonies making a bigger infestation.
Good reference materials are available on ants for authors like story hedges or locally from an entomology program at your state university or dept of agriculture
Field Guide for the Management of Structure-infesting Ants, 2nd edition by Stoy Hedges
A Wonderful Ant ID book. 304 pages with illustrations
Truman's Scientific Guide to Pest Control Operations, 6th edition, by Bennett, Corrigan and Owens
A pest control industry standard. 574 pages, Hard Cover
Price: $91.00 http://www.insectslimited.com/Insect...0Guide%209.asp