Termites can wreak havoc on your property if you don’t take care of them in time. These tiny pests can destroy anything wooden within days.
Who knew such little critters could cause full-fledged devastation in your house? However, no matter how dire the situation may seem, termites aren’t invincible. In fact, there are multiple effective and easy methods to get rid of termites from your residential property.
Tracking Down The Infestation
While dealing with termites, the first thing you must do is track down the infestation. Look for hollow-sounding wood furniture, holes in the woodwork, and mud tubes to detect the infestation. You can take a screwdriver and tap it on the woodwork to check for hollowness. Also, push the screwdriver into the wood, and if it falls apart easily, you’re facing a severe termite problem.
Not only that, but you can also look for termite droppings to track the infestation; these droppings are usually brown pellets present near the infested area. You also need to track down the termite nests inside the furniture while dealing with the problem.
Identifying The Type Of Termites
There are two common types of termites – drywood and subterranean termites. While drywood termites are solely found inside the wood, subterranean termites thrive both in wood and soil. Also, drywood termites are mostly found in moist coastal regions, but subterranean termites can survive in any climate.
Subterranean termites build tubes of mud or tunnels inside your woodwork and cause much more damage to property compared to drywood termites. You might need to apply various treatment methods to get rid of subterranean termites from your house, and they are decidedly more common than drywood termites.
Ways For Getting Rid Of Termites
There are several ways you can prevent a termite infestation at your home or business. These include:
1. Setting Up A Cardboard Trap
A cardboard trap can work well for both subterranean and drywood termites. Take some strips of cardboard and wet them before placing them near a termite nest. As termites feed on cellulose, they’ll get attracted to the cardboard strips and come out of their nest to feed.
Once the strips are infested with termites, take them out to a safe area to burn them. You can repeat the method several times to remove hundreds of termites in a short span.
2. Using Beneficial Nematodes
Certain worms act as natural enemies for pests like subterranean termites. These beneficial nematodes burrow into the termite’s nest to kill them and use their carcass to spawn. They even feed on the termite larvae and kill them within 48 hours.
You can easily purchase these beneficial nematodes from a local store, and there are five varieties of these available for sale. The worms need to be used immediately after purchase, but in special cases, you can store them in a refrigerator for later use.
3. Sunbathing The Wooden Furniture
It’s easier to get rid of termites when the infested item is wooden furniture instead of your home. You can simply expose the furniture to direct sunlight for two to three days to kill the pests. Termites thrive in darkness, whereas direct sunlight kills them.
4. Spot Treatment
If you’re dealing with drywood termites, spot treatment works perfectly in getting rid of the infestation from finished or painted wood. Drill holes in the termite-infested wood every 10-inch until you hit the termite nest.
Then, pour any potent termiticide to fill these holes and use a wood latch or putty to cover the holes. This treatment method can easily wipe off the entire termite nest without much hassle.
5. Applying Essential Oils
Essential oils like neem oil and orange oil can act as slow poisons to termites, preventing them from shedding skin and laying eggs. First, you need to mix some water with a few drops of dishwashing soap and ten drops of the chosen essential oil. Now, shake the mixture well and apply it to the termite-infested region of your property.
6. Spraying Boric Acid
Applying boric acid is one of the most effective ways of killing termites because it shuts down the entire nervous system of the insect while causing dehydration. The best way to use boric acid is by using bait stations to draw out the termites from the nest. Then you can spray the acid on the bait station to kill the termites.
7. Hiring A Professional
If you have a full-blown termite infestation, DIY methods might not be enough to get rid of these tiny insects. In that case, it’s always best to hire professionals who can effectively take care of the infestation. Professional pest controllers will be much better equipped to deal with serious termite trouble and can use their experience and special technology to eradicate the termite permanently.
Getting Rid Of Termites
Termites can be a great nuisance to your property, causing severe damages if the infestation is allowed to grow. But, getting rid of termites can be an easy task when you know the right hacks.
You can follow the simple but effective methods that we’ve mentioned in this article to kill all types of termites. Just be careful while using termiticides and other chemicals to avoid health hazards.
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That is all for this article, until next time!