Although there are many DIY methods to eliminate termites and prevent them from returning, none of these are as effective or efficient as hiring a pest control professional.

It’s crucial to act quickly if you suspect termites are in your home. You can tell if they are invading your home by hearing hollow sounds or mud tubes. It’s important to be alert, as termites can cause a lot more damage than you realize. The average homeowner spends $5 billion annually on termite repair and control.

Calling a professional pest control company is the best way to eliminate termites. A trained technician’s knowledge, experience, and use of commercial-grade equipment and products can make even the most savvy homeowner look foolish.

How do you get rid of termites?

One of the best ways of getting rid of termites in your home is to use termite-killing chemicals to the exterior. You can also apply direct chemicals to the interior of your home.

There are many options available if you want to eliminate termite infestations yourself.

How to Get Rid of Subterranean Termites

Termiticide Barriers.

Depending on where you live, you might be able purchase professional-level termite-killing products such as liquid Taurus SC or Termidor SC. To create a barrier, you apply the conventional termite treatment to your home’s exterior. Termites can’t detect termiticide so they won’t attempt to avoid it. Termites will die if they eat termiticide-treated materials. Termiticide spreads like a virus. Termiticide can be spread unknowingly by termites that come in contact with it. This can cause termite infestations and eventually kill the colony.

Direct Chemicals:

Unlike termiticides that can only be used outside, direct chemicals can actually be used inside your home. This is the best technique to use if you find a termite in your home and need to kill it quickly. You can use Termidor Foam to spray into cracks, voids and crevices where termites love to hide. The odorless foam will expand and then evaporate leaving behind a toxic residue that can poison termites. This process can last for up to a month, or slightly more.

Termite baits:

Termite baits are a tried and true method. These baits are placed around your foundation to attract termites. The slow-acting poison interrupts termites natural growth and kills them when they attempt to molt. The delayed action of the toxin means that infected termites can transmit the insecticide to other termites by bringing it back to their colony.

Beneficial Nematodes are microscopic, segmented, roundworms that act as natural parasites for many garden pests, including termites. Beneficial nematodes burrow in their hosts and release a symbiotic bacteria that poisons termites’ blood. This can kill them in a matter days.

Online and in retail stores, you can find beneficial nematodes. Use a combination of nematodes and potting soil to infest your lawn or garden.

Dry wood termites: How to Get Rid Of Them

Spot Treatment:

You can drill holes and fill them to fight dry wood termites if you are dealing with finished or painted wood. You will need to drill holes approximately every 10 inches in the termite-infested timber. Once you have reached the nest, you will feel resistance. Fill the holes with termiticide. For the final touch, you can use a wood or putty patch to close up any remaining holes.

Essential oils:

Neem oil and orange oil can slow down termites’ ability to shed skin or lay eggs. Mix two cups water with a few drops of dish soap, and then add about 10 drops essential oil. It is easy to mix and spray on wood or other infested materials.

How to Get Rid of Dry wood Termites and Subterranean Termites

Boric Acid:

Boric Acid is an effective method of killing termites. Many termite insecticides that you will find in the stores use boric acid as their main ingredient. Boric acid dehydrates the termite and shuts down its nervous system. Spray the acid evenly on cracks and crevices in ceilings, floors, and walls.

Diatomaceous Earth:

This method kills termites through penetration of their exoskeletons and dehydrating. Diatomaceous Earth is composed of extinct aquatic organisms, whose exoskeletons contain silica. Sprinkle the powder on any areas you suspect termites and wait for them crawl over it.

Cardboard trap:

After you have identified the source of your termite infestation and gotten rid of it, soak two pieces of cardboard in water and then stack them one on top of another to create a DIY bait. Termites will be attracted to the cardboard’s cellulose, so they will become trapped between the pieces. You can then take the cardboard outside to be burned. It is unlikely that the cardboard will trap all termites.

They can reproduce quickly so this method is not very efficient. Maintenance is also important. If there are too many termite bodies, it will discourage future termites from climbing to the cardboard.

What are the Different Types Of Termites?

Subterranean termites are the most common type of termites found in the United States. Dry wood termites are another. Because they may need different treatment methods, it is important to know which type of termites you are dealing. You can make subterranean termites poisonous by putting up barriers, but dry wood termites will need fumigation services or spot treatment.

Subterranean termites are found in your soil and foundational wood. To travel within your home, they create mud tubes (or highways) out of soil and wood. Because of their saw-toothed jaws, this termite type does more damage to dry wood termites than subterranean termites. Subterranean termites are capable of causing a complete collapse of a structure if they are not careful. Subterranean termites are responsible in 95 percent of termite damage in America.

They can be found all over the country. Subterranean termites measure 1/8 to 3/8 inches in length and have a narrow shape. Their color is determined by their “caste”. While workers are pale cream colored, soldiers have brown heads and share the same body color as them. There are two types of reproductive termites. Primary reproductives can be either black or brown. Supplemental reproductives can be creamy white. Subterranean termite colonies may grow to be as large as 100,000 termites, or even one million.

Subterranean termites need to be in contact with soil to survive, but dry wood termites can only live in wood. They don’t travel in mud tubes and are often found only along warm coastal areas. The size and color range of dry wood termites is 1/8 to 1/2 inches. Subterranean termites are white termites that cause wood damage. The color range of winged dry wood termites is yellow-tan to light brown. A dry wood termite colony can contain up to 2,500 members.

How to identify a termite infestation

Let’s first discuss the methods to get rid of termites in your home. It’s not as simple as seeing termites crawling across your wood grain. Check your attic and all cracks, joints, and fuse box.

These are just a few signs that your foundation may be under attack.

Hollow wood:

You can hear termites if you tap or knock on the wood. To further inspect your wood, you can use a screwdriver. It’s a bad sign if the screwdriver gives up easily when you push it into your wood.

Mud tubes:

Subterranean termites make their own “highways” from mud tubes to link the wood they eat with the soil. These mud tubes are made of soil and wood and measure about the same width as a pencil. Termites can be found in the ground, which means they are present. However, their absence does not mean that you are safe from termites. Subterranean termites might not yet have them, but dry wood termites can make mud tubes.

Head banging:

There may be a clicking sound inside your walls. This is because soldier termites use head banging to signal danger to their fellow termites. They do this by moving their heads against the wood and shaking.

Evidence of swarming:

Subterranean termites often shed their wings when they set out to establish a new colony. A bunch of wings scattered around could indicate termites.

Peeling paint:

Termites can cause drywall to crack and allow moisture into the paint. This causes paint to bubble up or peel. You may also notice other signs that your paint is buckling, such as a termite infestation.

Frass:

Look out for small, granular oval pellets on your baseboards and door frames. These could be frass or termite droppings.

You may see live termites. You need to know how to differentiate them from flying insects so you can identify what you are dealing with. Termites have a uniform size rear wings, thick abdomens, and straight antennae. Flying ants, on the other hand, have wings that are different sizes, thinner in the middle and bent antennae.

How to Prevent Termites

There are many ways to make your home less attractive or unattractive to termites. These are the best ways to make your home less appealing or unattractive to termites.

Look out for any leaks.

Subterranean termites cannot live without moisture. To keep them away, make sure your roof is dry and your air conditioner is working.

Clean gutters and pipes.

Termites love dark, warm, humid places. To prevent termites from getting in, clean out your gutters and pipes frequently.

Fill in any cracks or crevices.

Caulk and seal any openings in the foundation where pipes meet with the wall. Make sure to seal all windows and doors.

Wood termites:

They are attracted by the cellulose found in wood. It is important that you do not stack firewood against your home or leave stumps in your garden. You should always leave at least 6 inches between your patio, deck, or patio and the ground when building your home. Also, use termite-resistant wood whenever you can.

Mulch should be used with caution. Subterranean termites require soil and some types of mulch can contain wood. Instead, choose mulch made of rubber or gravel.

Regular inspections are a must: A professional pest control company is the best way to prevent termites from returning.

Professional Pest Control Services

Call us if you suspect that you may have termites. These persistent pests can quickly destroy your home’s foundation. While DIY techniques may be effective in the short-term, they are not as efficient as professional equipment, products and expertise.

We will be able to identify entry points and colonies and develop a treatment plan.

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