How to get rid of Termites

The first step you must take is determining what type of termites causing your infestation. For residential properties, there are generally 2 types of termites that you need to worry about. Subterranean and Drywood termites, they both create their own issues.

How to identify Termites

Drywood Termites – These are termites found living in dry wood in small colonies. They’re generally found in humid areas along the coast. These are most responsible for the infestations homeowners face.

Subterranean Termites – These termites build their colonies in the soil. They enter homes, generally via a building nearby, or through the foundation. They tend to travel from the soil, and then destroy as they move up. They are more difficult to detect which allows them to create more damage.

Termite Damage

There are a variety of signs of termite damage:

·         Rotting wood, or just a thin layer of wood remaining.

  • Mud-like material in irregular patterns
  • A warm of what looks like flying ants often indicates a nearby nest. This is most common between March and June, and sometimes in September and October.
  • Mud tunnels indicate that termites have made their headquarters. The tunnels often contain broken particles that contain feces.
  • Piles of wings
  • The presence of live termites.
  • The appearance of tiny holes in wood, or buckling paint.
  • Damaged wood.

How to Control Termites

There are a variety of ways to handle the two termites mentioned above:

  • Use Foams and/or insecticides
  • Try bait
  • Destroy wood mulch
  • Flood the soil
  • Fluctuated temperatures
  • Remove attractions
  • Use Nematodes

Foams or Insecticides

These are used most commonly. When you use a product like this, you’ll need to evacuate your home. An insecticide can come in an applied liquid or a gas, while the foams are highly effective as they make their way into cracks, carrying the poison. If you want rid quickly, these are great options.

Bait

Boric acid bait stations are a popular choice. Simply set the bait station and spray boric acid on the wood. The bait will attract the termites, and when they arrive, the boric acid will destroy them. Reapply the boric acid as required.

Destroy Wood Mulch

One of the biggest attractors of termites is wood mulch. If you must have it, move it as far from your home as possible.

Flood Soil

If your problem is subterranean termites, flood the soil. Termites can’t swim, so if you can flood the area where they’ve created their colony, your problem will be taken care of.

Temperature Fluctuation

Termites can’t handle temperatures above 120° F, or -20° F. Perhaps the most effective way to handle a temperature fluctuation is with liquid nitrogen is effective.

Remove Attractors

In addition to mulch, rotten wood and tree stumps can also attract termites. Move attractors as far from your home as possible, ideally off your property entirely.

Use Nematodes

Nematodes are small worms that are a natural parasite to termites. They find their host and burrow, reducing the population of termites.