Last updated Apr 13, 2016: Termites can be a very serious problem for any home. If you believe that you currently have termites in your home, it is of the most importance that you take the necessary steps to ensure that you do everything you can to get rid of them.
Most people are unaware that termites can be effectively taken care of at home, and end up calling a specialist to help them with their problems. The reason is because of killing termites is not easy. There are several different theories on the best way to kill termites is to hire a pest control operator, and most people end up trying several different things before finding a way that works for their situation.
You have to make sure that you are doing everything in your power to limit the amount of damage that they are able to do to your home and also attempt to figure out where they are coming from. Take a look at the following tips and tricks below when looking for getting rid of termites.
Table of Contents
- 1 Identify the Termites
- 2 How to Kill Termites: 7 Methods for Getting Rid of Termites
Identify the Termites
First, you have to determine the type of termites that you are dealing with and find the infestation. Typically, there are two types of termites that have to be worried about on residential properties, Drywood termites and Subterranean termites. Both of which run into their own sets of issues and cause different problems.
1. Drywood Termites
Termites that live in small colonies that are located in dry wood. They do not have any connection to the soil. They are most often seen in the humid regions along the coast and are responsible for most of the homeowner infestations of today.
2. Subterranean Termites
Subterranean termites establish colonies in the soil. They also are able to enter homes, but usually through the foundation or through a nearby building. They make their way upwards and destroy from the ground level up. They are often more difficult to find than dry wood termites, which often times leads to them going undetected for a longer period of time.
How to Kill Termites: 7 Methods for Getting Rid of Termites
After identified the type of termites that you are facing, here are 7 ways you can do for getting rid of them.
- Use Insecticides and Foams
- Use Bait
- Destroy Wooden Mulch
- Flood the Soil
- Hot and Cold Temperatures
- Remove Stumps and Other Attractors
- Use Nematodes
Use Insecticides and Foams
Insecticides and foams are the most common way to attempt to get rid of termites. With most of these products, you will have to vacate your home for a period of time. The insecticides can come in several forms from gasses, to applied liquids. The foams are great because it allows the poison to make its way into the cracks of the wood, effectively killing termites and other bugs that have made their way into the home. Both insecticides and foams are excellent choices for anyone that is looking to get rid of termites quickly.
One product that has been shown to have a lot of positive effects is Termidor SC Termiticide Fipronil Case-(4) 20 oz. bottle, which can quickly and easily take care of termite issues.
Many people choose to kill termites using boric acid at bait stations. This has been known as an effective way to deal with an existing termite population. Basically, you set the bait station, then coat or spray wood evenly with the boric acid. The termites will be attracted to the bait, and the boric acid will kill them as they arrive at the bait. You will need to apply the acid to the bait station with regularity as needed, and it should help you to quickly deal with a festering termite population. One popular option is the Advance Termite Bait System, which has been shown to have some very positive results and help to bait and trap termites.
Destroy Wooden Mulch
Termites are attracted to wood mulch. In fact, mulch is one of their biggest attractors. When you are looking at all of the attractors in or around your home, mulch is often going to be a main contributor. If you require the mulch for one reason or another, you can move it as far away from your home as possible and hope that it limits the number of termites that make their way to the home.
Flood the Soil
For subterranean termites, another excellent idea is to flood the soil. By identifying the region that has been infested with termites and then flooding the area, you could get rid of any outdoor termite problems entirely. This is effective because termites are not able to swim, and will quickly drown once water has been applied to the area they have infested.
Hot and Cold Temperatures
There are a number of different treatments that utilize hot and cold temperatures to drive out termites as well. Termites are not able to live in -20 degrees Fahrenheit or less. By that same token, hotter temperatures above 120 degrees Fahrenheit or more for a duration of 35+ minutes will also kill termites as well. There are multiple ways of achieving these temperatures for outdoor termites. For colder temperatures, one popular method is the use of liquid nitrogen, which should easily kill any termites it comes into contact with. There is no simple method for raising the temperature high enough for a long enough period of time to kill termites, as the soil provides a reprieve from hot days in the sun. If safe, you could start a fire to burn away the termites as well.
Remove Stumps and Other Attractors
Along with mulch, tree stumps and other rotten wood will be huge attractors for termites, and you need to do everything that you can to limit these issues. Remove stumps from the ground, and move other wooden attractors as far away from the home as you possibly can. Removing stumps and other attractors will ensure that they have to relocate in order to live, and should help you to drive the infestations away from the home and limit potential damage they could create if they were to make their way inside.
Another popular solution for reducing termites and termite damage is the use of nematodes. Nematodes are a small worm that are natural parasites to garden pests, those pests including termites. They are able to search for hosts and burrow into them. Nematodes will target termite larvae, reducing termite populations over time and helping you to keep termites from doing further damage to your home.
Termites are a dangerous pest for homeowners that can lead to thousands of dollars in long term damage. You have to make sure that you are able to take the right steps to reduce their presence and save your home from potential damage.