Last updates October 1, 2016: If you are facing problem with termites infestation at your home, and you want to learn how to get rid of termites, then you will need the method that I used for killing termites which I’m going to share here.
This method is guaranteed to be successful and just one termites treatment is good for up to 10 years. But before to share my methods, you should learn more about termites in order to better know your adversary.
Knowledge is power as they say. By understanding the basic facts about termites, you will also learn how to kill termites much more quickly.
What is Termites?
Termites is small social insects, same as bees or ants, but the damage they can cause is certainly not. And the worst thing about them is that they act silently. This means that termites might be already start making damages to your home while you even don’t know. When you notice the first signs of damage, it might already too late and your property might have been already affected.
The reason why termites are attracted to come into your houses is because they find there their favorite food: Cellulose based trees and plants. So their favorite food is the dead wood, which they can plenty find in our houses, in books, furniture, shelves and in the house’s foundation.
Type of Termites
When you find a sign of termites infestation in your house, the first thing in your mind maybe is how to kill them and not what type they are. So, that’s why to get rid of termites you should learn more info about the type of termites.
There are over 2,500 type of termites and from them at least 17 types of termites can be found in California. However, all the type of termites can be classified in four groups: Subterranean, Dry wood, Damp wood and flying termites. You can check our termites picture page to learn more about the type of termites.
Your Step by Step Guide to Get Rid of Termites?
There are dozens of methods on how to kill termites, however using termiticide is considered as the best solution among others. Other methods can be effective, but normally just for a short term. The biggest advantage of using a termiticide solution is that its effects are long-term. It could take years before the termites will be able to return and wreak havoc to your home.
The question is how to choose the best termiticide product?
In this article I will introduce TERMIDOR, the product which is widely used by home owners to eradicate termites. Using TERMIDOR helps to eliminate termites as well as prevent further infestations in the future. On top of that, it has a very affordable price and easy to use.
Learning how to get rid of termites is not that difficult as you might have thought. All you need to do is read and follow instructions carefully, then you can totally do it by yourself.
Additionally, it will cost less compared to hiring a professional from the outside. Can you imagine 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).
As you see, doing the termite eradication by yourself can save you a great amount of money.
So what do you really need to do? Here is our suggestion:
- Buy a Termidor solution (worth $160 maybe)
- Rent a Hammer Drill for $50 (or buy it for $120)
- And purchase concrete compound for $8.
The total expense is $218, which is almost 8-9 times much less than hiring a professional. Right? So what are you still waiting for? Keep reading on the detailed guide below and learn how to kill termites by yourself.
In preventing further termite damage to your home, there are certain steps that you need to follow. Each step is explained carefully below. If you still have any further question, you can also watch the do-it-yourself video accompanying this article to get the thorough understanding.
1) Make Sure That You Have All The Materials Needed.
Basically, all you need to start is Termidor solution products, a drill hammer with an 18-inch bit, gallons of water, concrete compound, a funnel, and a vacuum cleaner.
The vacuum cleaner will be utilized to clear the concrete dust from the holes you drilled. The Termidor can be purchased from stores selling termiticides or insecticides. Sometimes, Termidor can also be found in hardware shops.
The better way to buy the materials is through Amazon and eBay from which you just need to order online and wait for them to be delivered straight to your door. As for 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) Prepare the Areas in Your Home Where You Are Going to Apply the Termidor Solution.
This second step will involve drilling holes through concrete slabs as well as digging shallow trenches around your house. 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, which obviously nobody wants.
Also remember to drill areas in which termites are strongly activated around your house. 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) Mix the Termidor Concentrate That You Are Going to Apply to The Drilled Holes and Dug Trenches.
You have three options when mixing the solutions. You can use the .06%, .09%, or the .125% solution. The strongest 125% should be applied on areas where you actually saw termite activity. The .06 and .09 solutions are used for all other areas. For instructions on how to mix these solutions with water, refer to the video that accompanies this article.
4) Pour and Apply the Termidor Solution.
When pouring the solution liquid on the trenches you dug, you should use 4 gallons per 10 linear feet which helps the solution to be spread over as much ground as possible.
When pouring the Termidor on the drilled holes, a funnel becomes handy and must be taken use of. 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.
This basic guide on how to kill termites includes four simple steps. All you need to do is read through carefully and apply each step to protect your house from termites. You will be assured of a safe and sturdy home.
The next time you want to know how to get rid of termites, please always refer to this guide and make sure you use Termidor solutions.