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How to Get Rid of Termites

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Termites are any homeowner’s nightmare. All the expensive furniture that you bought with your hard-earned money turns to dust and becomes hollow. You are under constant worry and must inspect all the things in your house that might be slowly being eaten away by those pesky little termites. You can get rid of cockroaches or ants easily because they don’t ruin your furniture, but termites are in a league of their own and tend to destroy the very foundations of a house’s interiors. They cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage and are not easy to budge. 

What Are Termites?

Termites are eusocial insects that belong to the family of Blattodea. They are billions of years old and trace back their existence from the Jurassic period. There are more than 2,000 different species of termites found in all parts of the world (except Antarctica) and vary according to their size, habitat and behavior. There are 3 common types of termites in USA: the subterranean, damp wood and dry wood termites.

Signs of a Termite Infestation in Your Home

Unlike other insects, that show their infestation easily by just crawling about your home, termites are not easily seen and when they are, its usually when the damage has been done because they are busy chipping away the wood form the inside. Here are some signs of a termite infestation:

  • Holes in the furniture

This is one of the most obvious signs of a termite infestation. These tiny insects make colonies inside the wooden furniture and then make holes after eating it away. So, if you see even one or two holes, it is highly likely that some termites are doing their wood-eating business inside.

  • Dust near furniture

If you notice some saw dust type material near your chairs, tables or wooden frames, it is a clear indicator that there has been some serious damage done by termites and you need to get rid of them as soon as possible.

  • Paint bubbles

If you notice that the paint on the walls or furniture has some bubbles then it is surely a sign of termites or moisture build-up.

  • Frass

If you notice small wood shaped pellets in your home, then those are termite droppings called frass. They are a clear indicator of the presence of termites.

How to Get Rid Of Termites

It might seem daunting to get rid of termites because for them your house is their entire world where they could have spread. However, it is not impossible to eliminate their infestation if you do the following:

  • Inspection

Termites that are swarmers have wings and they travel to different areas just to find a suitable place to set up their colonies. They could be anywhere in the house, so before you go on frothier hunt, you need to need to do a thorough inspection of the place first. Once you know where they are residing or their main source, it will be just a matter of few hours before you can finish them off.

  • Sunlight

If you find that the termite infestation is inside your furniture, then the best way to go about this problem is to expose them to direct sunlight. Termites thrive in dark, cool and damp places so if you give them the exact opposite of their usual surroundings and habitat, they will die off. The heat from the sunlight will instantly start to burn them off and they will die off in a few hours. Just make sure that you place all the furniture in an area that is getting the most amount of sunlight.

  • Boric Acid

If there is one thing you should always have readily available in your home for any insect infestations, then it has got to be good ol’ boric acid. Just spread the boric acid evenly all over the surface of the termite infested area and wait till they die off. Boric acid has the ability to instantly kill off all kinds of insects as soon as their bodies get in contact with it. You can get yours here at solutionstores.com and easily destroy those termites in a jiffy.

  • Termiticide

Using termiticide is crucial if you want to get rid of a heavy termite infestation. Just apply it to any gaps, cracks or crevices that you have in your home especially attics, garages and basements, underneath concrete slabs, etc.

  • Termite Sprays

Termite aerosol sprays are always handy when you have to get in those hard–to-reach nooks and corners.  Solutionstores.com has got the perfect spray for your termite problem. Its thin nozzle helps to release the spray even in the narrowest places with precision.

  • Cardboard Trap

If you are using any of the above methods to get rid of termites, then be sure to use a cardboard trap as well because it can accelerate your chances of getting rid of them. Simply place a big chunk of cardboard near the furniture or wall and wait, soon enough they will want to expand their territory and explore the cardboard as well. Once they start chewing away the board you just use any of the above treatments to kill them off. Some people also use Vaseline to trap them but that is not as effective as a termiticide or boric acid.

How to Prevent Termites Infestation

  • Have your house inspected from a professional annually

  • Eliminate wood to soil contact

  • Have your house fumigated or treated before you move into a new place

  • Have plenty of sunlight come in your home and always do spring cleaning

Solutions Pest & Lawn Is Your Home For Termite Control

At Solutions Pest & Lawn, we carry high quality professional insecticides that are guaranteed to kill termites and are what exterminators would use if you hired them to treat your home.

One method we highly recommend is using termite bait stations such as the Redeye Termite Monitoring station. This awesome products works so easily. Simply insert the Redeye into the soil around your home and when the Redeye indicator drops, then you will know that termites have infested the product.

Another great product you will want to apply is a non-repellent product like Taurus SC, to the soil on the exterior where you see the mud tubes.

Reclaim IT is also a great product to use after the termite infestation is neutralized. This can be used as a barrier to keep termites away and protect your home from being retargeted by wood destroying termites.

You can conveniently purchase all of these products as part of our Guaranteed Termite Control Kit.

Conclusion

We hope that by applying the products above and techniques you can save your home from these destructive pests. For more helpful pest control advice, give us a call, shoot us an email at askapro@solutionsstores.com or start up a live chat with us online. We’ll be happy to help.




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