Finding small piles of accumulated wood dust is a clear indicator of termite infestation. Due to their minuscule size, getting rid of them may prove to be an uphill task. Termites can feed on anything made of wood which includes your furniture and the foundation to your house. Depending on the type of termite, there are different ways to get rid of them. Subterranean termites build nests in the soil connected to their food source, such as structural wood, through mud tunnels. Here is how you can get rid of them.
Cracks void and crevices are usually where termites hideout. Spraying these spaces with chemicals such as Termidor Foam helps get rid of the termites. The foam expands then evaporates, leaving a residue that is poisonous to termites. This residue can last for slightly longer than a month, killing termites in this duration.
This method involves using professional termite killing products such as liquid Taurus SC and Termidor SC. Applying these treatments to your house’s exterior perimeter creates a barrier. Once the termites feed on the material treated with termiticide, it dies. If one termite comes in contact with termiticide, it will carry it around and infect the rest killing the colony. Dry wood termites live in wood such as structural timber or hardwood floors. They do not need to be in contact with soil and have smaller colonies. Below are some methods to get rid of them.
This method is efficient when dealing with painted and finished wood. You start by drilling holes at intervals of 10 inches in the infested wood until you feel resistance. The resistance indicates that you hit their nest. You should then fill the holes with termiticide and close them up with a wood patch.
Use Essential Oils
Spraying a mixture of two cups of water, drops of dish soap and ten drops of either orange or neem oil can help eliminate termites. Orange and neem oil inhibit the ability of termites to shed skin or lay eggs. For instances where you need to get rid of both types of termites, you could use of the following in the next 2 sections.
Spraying cracks and crevices in walls, ceilings, and floors can get rid of termites. Boric acid dehydrates termites shutting down their nervous system.
Sprinkling the powder on the infected area helps get rid of termites. The powder penetrates their exoskeleton and dehydrates them.
Buying the right products helps you get rid of termites at a lower cost contrary to hiring professionals. You should ensure you carry out preventative measures later to avoid another infestation.