Termites are small insects that live inside your home and outside in your yard. Termites come in two different types – underground termites and dry wood termites. The former are very difficult to get rid of, while dry wood termites are much easier to eradicate from your property.
Termites have been known to eat through the wood and cellulose in the walls of your home. What lures them to your property is food waste, wood, and moisture. They pose a real threat to any woody materials present on your property as they can be quickly destroyed by termites.
Fortunately, however, there are a number of ways you can get rid of termites on your property. Some of them are listed below so that you can take these measures yourself.
A common resource that effectively kills termites is sunlight. Placing pieces of wood infested with termites will get rid of the insects as they cannot withstand the high temperatures created by direct sunlight. Also, termites do what they can to avoid direct light.
Many hardware stores and even grocery stores sell borax powder. You may also see it referred to as sodium borate — that’s the exact same stuff. The powder should be mixed with a certain amount of sugar and water to get a solution. This solution should then be sprayed wherever the termites are on your property. The sugar primarily acts to attract the bugs and then the highly acidic borax powder will kill them by attacking their nervous system. You can prevent termites from developing in the first place by making the powder into a paste and then applying it to wood before painting.
Flavors like neem and orange have the ability to get rid of termites naturally. To implement this, you should take two glasses of water and then add ten drops of essential oil and two drops of soap and then mix everything into a spray. This solution should be sprayed on the spots on your property where the termites are, as well as any other spots where they might be. It’s the acidic properties of the solution that will attract and ultimately kill the termites in the first place.
Most people will already have this substance at home, but if not, it can be purchased at almost any grocery store. It should be mixed with citrus content like lemon and water and then sprayed on your property to eliminate any termite infestation.
If you’ve tried all of these things and none of them worked, it’s time to call in the pros. You have a wide range of tools and techniques at your disposal to drive termites off your property.