Many homeowners are wary of taking care of a termite infestation themselves, believing that trained professionals are the only people who can deal with such a situation. However, there are home remedies for termites available so that he can take steps into ensuring the safety of his home.
DYI Termite baiting
Termite baiting kits are available on the market if you are interested in a DIY termite treatment that is inexpensive to set up. All it requires of the homeowner is to set up the stations near an area where the termites are known to thrive. This can be near the perimeter of your home and throughout your yard. Basically, the more stations you have, the more likely that the termites will find the food source and bring it back to the colony. What makes this treatment so effective is that it can be done over and over again without any risk to your health or that of your family. It’s definitely a safer alternative if you’re looking for how you kill termites naturally instead of using toxic chemicals and poisons.
Instead of learning how to kill termites yourself, why not prevent them altogether while your new home is being built? During the construction of one’s home, there are a number of steps that can be taken to prevent the infestation of termites after completion. One such option is treated lumber. Encouraging your contractor to employ the use of these materials will keep the termites away throughout the lifetime of your home. Treated lumber typically will be stamped and state on its packaging where it should be used throughout the home, depending on the levels of chemicals it has been treated with. The most common use is in the subterranean areas of your home that will be in contact with soil, as these areas tend to be moist and can make it more enticing for subterranean termites to work their way in.
The use of treated lumber can make the overall construction costs more expensive than without them, but it can save you a lot of money in the long run from having to hire an exterminator to get rid of an infestation for you. However, keep in mind that treated lumber is not a 100 percent preventative against termites. It can significantly reduce the chances of an infestation, but it is still possible for them to get inside your home.
Another option is to treat the soil itself surrounding the home. This process has several stages that need to be taken in order to minimize the risk of one’s home to termites. This should be done before there is any slab placement in the ground in order to create a protective barrier between the masonry and the ground slab. This can be time-consuming and difficult for most homeowners to complete, building trenches and the application of the chemical product to the ground, but with care and patience, a lot of money can be saved from hiring a professional to do the job for you.
Natural Termite Treatment
If you want to know how to get rid of termites on your own the natural way, without the use of any chemicals, there are a variety of options left open to you.
Some natural oils that can be applied to the wood in your home to keep termites out and stop them from coming back. These include clove bud oil, vetiver oil, orange oil and neem oil. Vetiver oil is known for keeping termites away, while clove bud oil has been known to kill the termites within a few hours of exposure. Orange oil is very effective at killing drywood termites, due to the fact that it contains d-limonene. Neem oil is only effective when ingested by the termites, so it should be applied to aeny wood that is currently being used as a food source. What’s beneficial about the use of these oils is that they are mostly safe around people and pets. Care should be taken with clove bud oil, as it has been shown to cause liver and kidney toxicity in both cats and dogs if skin contact is made.
Aloe is another beneficial alternative, if you’re not keen on applying strong-smelling oils around your home. Simply crush an aloe plant in water and allow the mixture to sit for a few hours before straining it. Add the mixture to water in a 1:5 ratio, pour into a spray bottle and apply directly to the termites themselves. The problem with this method is that it can only be applied to areas where the termites are visible; it doesn’t cover the deeper areas of the home that you may not be aware of, allowing the numbers to recover if they aren’t taken care of.
Heat and cold treatments can be easier processes for the homeowner to use, but are only effective against drywood termites.
- For a heat treatment, it’s important to remove certain things from your home in order to prevent any damage from coming to them. Once the structure is sealed, air that reaches temperatures of 120 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit is necessary to kill the termites. This only needs to be done for a period of thirty to forty-five minutes to ensure that all of the termites have been taken care of. The heat treatment process involves the use of nylon tarps to create a tent around the home to keep the heat trapped inside. This way, propane heat is blown into the structure so that a temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit or higher is achieved. Fluctuations are typically monitored in order to ensure that the heat is even throughout, in order to ensure that the termites won’t find sanctuary in a different part of your home. The process can take anywhere between four to twelve hours per unit in the home to be effective.
- A cold treatment, on the other hand, takes a much longer time to be effective. A temperature of fifteen degrees Fahrenheit must be attained, and must continue for a period of at least four days in order to kill a termite colony. In a cold treatment, liquid nitrogen is pumped into the small areas where termites are known to live, along with probes to measure the temperature. Any temperature below fifteen degrees Fahrenheit should kill the termites outright. This process takes at least thirty minutes per unit in the home.
Another treatment option may cause some homeowners to squirm, and involves the use of biological components: the termite’s natural predator, the nematode. These are microscopic creatures that feed on termite larvae, causing the population to decline before they can reach adulthood. These creatures can be introduced to the soil surrounding one’s home, making them very effective against subterranean termites, and are harmless to both humans and pets.