How to Kill and Get Rid of Termites Yourself?
Learning how to get rid of termites is not that difficult as long as you are able to follow instructions on how to do it yourself. Additionally, it will cost less compared to hiring a professional from the outside. The average cost of hiring a professional to do the job for you is about $1,800. That does not include the renewal fees which range from $200 to $300. If you are going to do the termite eradication yourself, you are going to save a lot of money. All you need to do is buy a Termidor solution worth $160, rent a Hammer Drill for $50 (or buy it for $120) and purchase concrete compound for $8. That’s for a total expenses of $218 which is much less compared to your expenses if you are going to hire a professional.
Your Step by Step Guide For Getting Rid of Termites
In preventing further termite damage to your home, there are certain steps that you need to follow. These steps are discussed in detail below. For more information about the steps on how to use the Termidor, you can watch the do-it-yourself video accompanying this article.
1) Step One: Make sure that you have all the materials needed.
Basically, what you need are Termidor solution products, a drill hammer with an 18-inch bit, gallons of water, concrete compound, a funnel, and a vacuum cleaner. You are going to use the vacuum cleaner to clear the concrete dust from the holes you drilled. You can buy the Termidor from stores selling termiticides or insecticides. Sometimes, they are also available in hardware shops. Or you can try buying them online from online retail stores like Amazon and eBay. As to the drill hammer, if you don’t own one, you can rent one to save on costs. You can purchase the concrete compound from any hardware or construction supply store.
2) Step Two: Prepare the areas in your home where you are going to apply the Termidor solution.
This will involve drilling holes through concrete slabs as well as digging shallow trenches around your home. When drilling, make sure that the holes are separated from each other by a space of 12 inches. The holes should also be about 2 to 4 inches away from the wall of your home. This is because if you drill too near the wall, you might cause unnecessary damage to the structure of your house. You should also drill inside your home if you notice termite activity within. Always follow the drill measurements of 12 inches apart and 2 to 4 inches away from the wall. As to the trenches outside of your home, you should dig these 2 to 4 inches from the structure of your home and about 4 to 6 inches deep. Mark the areas where you can see termite activity as these will require stronger Termidor solutions.
3) Step Three: Mix the Termidor concentrate that you are going to apply to the drilled holes and dug trenches.
You have three choices when mixing the solutions. You can use either the .06%, .09%, or the .125% solution. You should use the .125 solution on areas where you actually saw termite activity. Use the .06 and .09 solutions for all other areas. For instructions on how to mix these solutions with water, refer to the video that accompanies this article.
4) Step Four: Pour and apply the Termidor solution.
When pouring the solution on the trenches you dug, you should use 4 gallons per 10 linear feet. This makes sure that the solution covers as much ground as possible. When pouring the Termidor on the drilled holes, you must make use of a funnel. After applying the solution on the trenches, recover them with trenched soil. As to the drilled holes inside and outside of your home, you have to recover them with concrete compound.
So there you go. These are the main steps on how to kill termites that are damaging your home. Just follow these steps and you will be assured of a safe and sturdy home. The next time you want to know how to get rid of termites, always refer to this guide and make sure you use Termidor solutions.