Discovering termites in your home can be a frightening and stressful prospect. Termites not only compromise the foundation and stability of the structure, but they also devalue the home enormously. If you discover termites in your home by chance, consider yourself lucky, and get in touch with your local Four Seasons Pest Control immediately. If you’ve caught the situation early on, then you might want to try a few other DIY measures first. Indeed, you have get tenacious to kill termites. Here are a few ideas that might prevent termites from chowing down on your dream home.
- Determine the species. There are two main types of termite that can be cause for concern if you find them in your home, the drywood termite and the subterranean termite. Drywood termites live in small colonies that can be found in dry pieces of wood. These kind of termites don’t have any connection to the soil and they are found in more humid regions and along the coasts. Drywood termites are responsible for most home termite infestations these days. Subterranean termites live underground and usually enter through the foundations of the home, destroying the home from the base up. For this reason, they are very difficult to find, and often the damage is already done when they do eventually appear. Once you’ve determined what type of termite is living in your home, you can work out how to eradicate them.
- Insecticides. Insecticides and foams are the most popular way to kill the household termite. You’ll have to vacate the premises for a period of time while the chemicals are taking effect, as some of these chemicals are pretty harsh. These products can come in a variety of styles, from foams, and liquids, to gasses. Foams are useful because they block the cracks in the wood, preventing the termites from working there way through the home.
- Bait. Boric acid has a good track record of killing termites. Set a wood bait for the termites and cover it with boric acid. The termites will be attracted to the wooden bait and will die once they come in contact with the boric acid. It’s a simple and effective procedure. Make sure you re-apply the boric acid on a regular basis to keep on top of the infestation.
- Avoid wooden mulch. Termites absolutely love wood mulch piles, so if you have them lying around the garden, chances are there will be termites close by. Avoid using this kind of mulch for your garden, and try sticking with the alternatives. If you do have wooden mulch piles and you have a termite problem, you’ll need to destroy the mulch as soon as possible.
- Flush them out. Termites are terrible swimmers so the best way to kill them is to flood them out. This is especially useful when you have a subterranean termite infestation. Flood the soil in the specific area that the infestation has occurred and watch as the termites scramble out. This method will solve most subterranean termite infestations for good.