From the multitude of insects, rodents and other pests that disturb and create discomfort to homeowners all over the world, none is more dangerous and destructive than the termite. Termites can ruin and destroy the foundation of a house or a building itself, its structure and aesthetics in only a few years, and in the long term, for ten or twenty years, the damage it can cause can be 70%. The destructive effects of termites may be visible in the first five years of infestation with them. Until then, it may be too late. The house is probably the biggest and most important investment you’ve ever made. Therefore, read this article and learn to take appropriate measures to protect your house from termites and to exterminate them as soon as they invade your property.
Here are some useful and efficient methods you can apply yourself without the help of a specialist to get rid of termites that have been present in your home:
1. Install cardboard traps
Place more pre-moistened cardboard in an area where you suspect that a termite colony has been installed. Since termites feed on cellulose (cardboard), this is an excellent bait to remove the termites from their nest. When the carton is infested with termites, remove it in a safe area and burn. Repeat several times, if necessary. It is worth noting that this trap will not completely eradicate termites, but it is a quick way of eliminating hundreds or even thousands of termites in a very short time. For efficient results this method should be combined with other methods.
2. Try using nematodes
Beneficial nematodes are small species of worms, natural pests for garden, especially termite. These nematodes are looking for hosts, such as termite larvae, they make a lutein in them, and usually cause their death within 48 hours. The nematodes use the host’s casing as a place to lay the eggs. These can be introduced into the ground immediately after they were purchased, in the morning before sunrise or in the evening after sunset, because sun rays can affect them. Also, in order to be introduced into the ground it must have a temperature above 16°C. If not used immediately, nematodes should be kept in a refrigerator.
3. Expose the infested wood to sunlight
If the insects have been found in a piece of furniture or a wooden object that can be removed from the house, expose it to sunlight. Termite hates heat and sunlight and exposure to the sun will kill them. Leave the objects out for at least 2-3 days. If you are in an area where you do not enjoy warm days and can not expose your furniture to the sun, you may consider freezing them as an alternative to exterminating in infected furniture. Place infested parts (or parts of pieces) of wooden furniture in a large freezer for 2-3 days. Although this may be difficult when it comes to large pieces of furniture, the freezing method is guaranteed to be working.
4. Use boric acid
Boric acid is one of the most common and effective ways to exterminate termites as this substance affects the nervous system of termites and in time causes dehydration and inevitable death. The best way to kill boric acid termites is to use boric acid-treated wood pieces (or other cellulose-based material) as bait. Place the bait in the yard or garden near the infestation source and check it regularly, refreshing with boric acid if necessary;
5. Turn to the “microwave effect” method
As the heat kills termites, you can call a professional who, after a rigorous analysis, will consider whether this method can be an option for your home. Practically, with the help of special equipment, experts will warm the home, creating a temperature high enough to kill termites.
If after applying one or more of the methods presented, you have not managed to get rid of the destructive insects, it is advisable to call the services of a pest control company that will help you effectively exterminate termites in the long run.