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DIY Termite Control Strategies

posted this on Aug 4, 2016

 

Image result for termite cartoonsYou can have mosquitoes or cockroaches in the house and get rid of them without having anything damaged but the worst kinds of insects are the ones that damage your things and keep on growing their infestation to different parts of the house.

This is exactly what termites do.

Having termites is the last thing anyone would want in their house. The worst part is that by the time you find out about that there is a termite infestation, it’s already too late or everything is damaged halfway.

They might be slow and take a few years to completely damage your house or its furniture but when they do, they can destroy the entire foundation of your house or furniture rendering it hollow. Termites are every homeowner’s worst nightmare come to life!

Fortunately there are signs that you can detect early on and still have enough time to save your house from termite damage.

Thorough inspection

It won’t be that obvious but a little detective work might be required to find out if you have these pesky little insects nibbling away your woodwork. There are no direct signs but a keen eye and ears that can see traces of their existence is all you need. If done right, you can even actually see the termites as well.

Here is what you need to do:

  • Take a flashlight and a screw driver and go examine different areas of your house. Inspect every crack or crevice to see if there are any termites crawling about.  Look at foundation beams and tap on their wood. Push in the screw driver to see if it easily goes inside or not. If the wooden surface doesn’t budge easily then there are no termites but if it goes soft then it means there might be termites. If you don’t have wooden walls or flooring then just look at furniture.

 

  • Knock on the walls and listen if there is any empty or hollow sound coming from it. Alternately you can also hear tiny clicking sounds coming from the wall. This means that there is an active termite colony chewing away the contents of the wall.

 

  • There are some termites that have an infestation in your yard or garden because they primarily live in the soil. These are known as subterranean termites. They like to eat away dead wooden plants and other even materials such as plastic or paper. So if you have wooden picket fences or a tree near your house, chances are they can set up their colonies there. They work by creating their mounds or tunneling inside the ground or tree bark.

  • Termite droppings or frass as they are called; are another sign that there are termites have infested your house. Since their excrements are wooden pellets, it means that they have already started to chew on the wood. Wood contains cellulose and that’s what they are after anyway. So what they excrete out of their system is extremely dried up wood. These pellets look like tiny wooden balls and are usually found near weakened wood.

 

Here are a couple of termite control strategies that you can do:

 

Red Eye Termite Monitoring Station

This is such a unique strategy to eliminate termites from your garden that you don’t even have to use a bait. This product is shaped like a hammer and has a red spot on the top. You just push the monitoring station down your soil and after a day or so if you that the red spot is not there, it means that there are termites.

The monitoring station has a wooden tube inside working as a bait and when the termites have infested it, the red dot drops indicating of their activity. You then spray the termiticide spray in the opening on the top of the product that goes in direct contact with the termites and finishes them off.

 

Boric acid

This is such a great product if you have termites inside your house. Just sprinkle the powder on all the affected areas and they will be killed in no time. Alternately, you can make a boric acid spray solution by mixing 2 parts water and one part boric acid in a spray bottle. Just spritz it in all the areas where you think there might be an infestation. You can find boric acid at Solutions Store along with other termite killing products that you can use in conjunction with this.

 

Termiticide

Treating your soil with Taurus SC termiticide is one of the best ways to getting rid of a termite infestation completely. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on pest control who basically use the same products. You can do it yourself as long as you follow the instructions carefully and make sure that you are wearing the right protection gear such as gloves and masks. Make sure that there aren’t any kids or pets around either.

Termite spray

For those hard to reach areas such as cracks in the wall or corners in the basement or attic, a termite killing spray is just what you need. The thin straw nozzle in the front of the spray can reach all areas rendering the termite colony, dead in a few minutes. You can get a great termite killing spray called Fipro Foaming Aerosol at Solutions Pest & Lawn along with other insecticides as well.

Are you looking for products to kill termites or any other insect or pest that might be having an infestation in your house? Head over to Solutions Pest & Lawn and order your products today!

 

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