How to Treat Subterranean Termites Yourself

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Termite infestations are one of the most devastating types of pest-related problems, as these tiny insects eat away at your home's structural supports and could potentially cost you thousands of dollars in repairs. Fortunately, you can potentially put an end to different kinds of termite infestations like those caused by dampwood termites, drywood termites, and subterranean termites just by DIY home cures.

How exactly can you treat subterranean termites yourself? If these dark brown or light brown pests are allowed to feast on the wood in your home, they may cause termite damage that requires extensive repairs or renders your house uninhabitable. However, if you've only begun to detect signs of termites in your home, there are several effective termite home treatments. Begin your termite control strategy, and keep everything from your wooden fence posts to firewood safe, by using these DIY methods. 

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How to Get Rid of Subterranean Termites

1) Direct Chemical Treatment

In contrast to liquid termiticides, direct chemicals can be utilized within your house. These chemical foams used in termite treatment should be sprayed directly into gaps, voids, and crevices that termites use to hide. 

Before fading, the odorless foam expands, leaving a residue that poisons termites, everything from drywood termites to damp wood termites, as soon as they come into contact with it. 

This procedure can be used for a month or even longer, making it one of the best termite treatments available for dealing with the entire termite colony. The treatment plan to be used ranges from liquid treatment, wood treatment, and termiticide, depending on the pest control companies that you hire to deal with your termite problem.

2) Termite Baiting

Termite baits have been demonstrated to be effective. The poison in these baits, which are put around the perimeter of your home's foundation or in bait stations, attracts scavenging termites. 

The slow-acting poison stops termites from growing and maturing, killing them when they attempt to molt. While the poison takes a long time to take effect, this can cause more damage to the colonies as infected termites transport the pesticide back to the colony and spread it to the rest of the termites.

3) Wet Cardboard

While drywood termites love dry wood, subterranean and dampwood termites adore water and cellulose. Spray a piece of cardboard with water and this would be like a buffet for termites. This cardboard bait will entice them to leave and move to a specified location. 

When you see that termites have taken up residence in the cardboard, you can then proceed to burn it, thereby eliminating all types of termites. To get rid of termites, repeat the method as needed.

4) Orange Oil

The main component of orange oil is d-limonene, which is toxic to termites. The oil is made from orange peels and may be found at home improvement and garden stores as well as on the internet. 

Termites' exoskeletons disintegrate in orange oil, causing them to lose moisture and proteins and eventually die. Spray the oil directly on termites or locations where termites are suspected. 

You may also use the oil to keep termites away from your home. As a result, whether you have termites or not, spraying them on a monthly basis is a fantastic strategy to keep your house free from these pests.

5) Boric Acid Powder or Borate Solutions

Sodium borate, sometimes known as borax or boric acid powder, both kills termites and cleans your clothes. You may either sprinkle the powder around the infected area or combine it with water and spray it into a contaminated region. You'll need to reapply the solution to ensure that it reaches the whole termite colony.

6) Nematodes

Nematodes are a type of parasitic worm that feeds on termites and are beneficial insects. These small worms may be purchased online or at specialist stores. Beneficial nematodes infiltrate their hosts and generate a symbiotic gut bacteria that poisons the termite's blood, causing it to die in days. The nematodes will continue to breed and hunt for termites until all the subterranean termites are gone. 

7) Chemical Barriers

Termite barrier systems reduce access points or use materials to control active termite colonies to help keep termites out of your house. A liquid termite barrier can be added during the pre-construction phase, while others are applied after home construction. 

Termite barriers come in a range of shapes and sizes. Sand and basaltic particle barriers, as well as stainless steel mesh barriers, are examples of physical, non-chemical barriers. Soil treatments and termiticide-treated plastic barriers are examples of chemical variants. 

If given the chance, a pre-construction chemical barrier is best as you wouldn't need to perform any termite identification. 

Natural Methods and Home Remedies

1) Vinegar

Vinegar is a fantastic product to have around the house. It may be used to clean everything from your kitchen counter to your bathroom, as well as to eradicate termites. Simply combine a half cup of it with the juice from 2 lemons to make a termite killer. 

Fill a spray bottle with the mixture and spray it about the area where you believe termites are present. The termites will be killed as soon as they come into touch with the acidic fluid. Make sure you spray on a frequent basis to catch all types of termites that survived the previous treatment.

2) Sunlight

Termites despise the sun. In fact, they can be eliminated especially if they’re exposed to too much sunshine and heat. If you believe a piece of furniture is infested with termites, take it out into the yard and let it heat up in the sun for a while.

Especially during the summer, it shouldn't take long for all of those pesky pests to leave your furniture. You can't exactly haul your structural beams out into the yard if your home's structure is infested with termites. 

Sunlight is the reason why the exterior walls of your home are safe from termites, but nothing is stopping you from using these home remedies on your exterior walls. However, you may get the same outcome by shining UV lights on the areas on your wall you believe to have any type of termites.

3) Flooding

This simple but effective method is ideal if you know you're dealing with subterranean termites or termites in contact with soil, especially if the colony is under infested soil. Subterranean termites migrate in subterranean mud tubes that they create. 

These tubes include drop tubes, foraging tubes, and mud shelter tubes, which can possibly link the entire colony to your residence. Water will leak into their mud tubes and collapse them if you simply saturate the soil with any water source. 

Flooding with cold water is a natural termite killer that not only kills the termites but also destroys their tunnels, forcing any remaining termites to move. Flooding is mostly effective for subterranean termites but isn’t effective for all kinds of termites, especially those inside our space.

4) Diatomaceous Earth

This old-fashioned pest control method also works well for termites. You may start fighting against your infestation by distributing diatomaceous earth in key spots throughout your home near potential infestation sources. 

The diatomaceous earth will dry the termite's outer layers, cracking their skin and killing them. Reapply this natural termite killer until termites are no longer visible.

5) Aloe Vera

You can use aloe vera gel, which originates from the aloe vera plant, to treat a small affected region. Simply crush tiny parts of the leaves to make a paste and then apply to the infected region. The termites will be covered in the paste and suffocate as they pass through the aloe vera, making it one of the most natural termite home remedies.

6) Petroleum Jelly

If you don't have aloe vera on hand, petroleum jelly will suffice. Petroleum jelly will not only have the same stifling effect as aloe vera, but it also contains phenol. Phenol has long been used as an insect repellent, and it works by driving insects away. Termites that are unable to go through the petroleum jelly will be pushed away by the phenol’s odor.

When Should You Treat Your Termite Problem?

In comparison to the summer, termite activity is more predictable in the fall and winter months. Termites are more likely to detect carefully positioned bait stations in the winter than in the summer. This is because termites are more inclined to go further from their nests in search of food during the summer. 

Termites tend to stay closer to home throughout the winter, making termite bait a better option than food from further away. This season also allows for methods that target the nest or colonies directly, as the termites are less likely to venture further out from their homes during the cold winter.

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