Termites can be very damaging if you are not able to identify it fast. It is one of the most dangerous insects that can destroy house wooden thing in no time. To get rid of termites first you need to track it down and if you found any infection then start killing it.
What are Termites?
Termites are called colony pests because they live in groups. They are called silent killers because they damaged your Home and you don’t even know. Your house is the most precious thing for you and no one wants to get it destroyed from a mere pest. Some Birds like to eat Termites like grey partridge
Her are major types of Termites that are found in Homes
- Subterranean termites
- Dampwood termites
- Drywood termites
- Conhead termites.
These types of termites may be present at your home wherever you home is.
- Subterranean termites
Subterranean termites builds largest nests and live in soil and then build tunnels and travel through this to its target. They are attracted to moisture like standing water and Leaky pipes provide an ideal conditions to these termites.
These Termites are most commonly found in USA are one of the most damaging.
- Dampwood Termites
Dampwood termites has a small and primitive family Termopsidae. They are found in Wood that don’t have moisture in it. Because homes wood often don’t have moisture that’s why they don’t live in homes and lived in dampwood.
- Drywood Termites
Drywood termites are lives and get food from dry wood. They are from family Kalotermitedae that do not need contact with the soil. They mostly damages homes slowly.
- Conheaded Termites
Conheaded termites are called Tree termites. Thy named conheaded to remove the misconception that they are found in only trees. They are native species to Caribbean and introduced first time in US 2001.
Signs of Termites
There are common types of signs that indicate termite’s infections like flying termites, white ants, tunnels in wood, mud tubes outside, bubbled paint etc. These infections usually found in early days of spring. But we can be seen any time by noticing these signs.
If you found bunch of discarded wings in your home after the summers this means termites are still there and you need to kill these insects properly to prevent from infections.
How to Kill Termites
There are certain ways to kill termites natural and unnatural. Different termites has separate treatments. First of all we have to remove the things like wood near your house which they are used for feed. There are also chemicals which are used to kill termites but chemicals are not allowed in some areas. For this we need a licensed professional company.
There are different methods to remove different termites
- Killing Drywood Termites
Orange oil is used to kill insects like termites. We need to drill a hole in wood which is infected by termites and pour the orange oil into it. Results can be seen after few time.
Orange oil is harmful for human and if someone intake it he may suffer by stomach problem.
Sunlight is most economical way to kill termites. When termites are exposed into sunlight it automatically die with heat. Infected wood need to be put in sunlight at least 2 days.
- Killing Subterranean Termites
Boric acid is a natural insecticide that kill insects by stop their Nervous system. Spray the boric acid on wood. This acid is very dangerous for health. Wear mask and gloves while using it and keep the children away.
Bug Bombs is a liquid insecticide and available in aerosol cans. When sprayed, it definitely falls on floor and when termites came it will die. The bombs don’t affect the wood. Wear a mask when using Bug Bombs.
Termite Control Cost
Termites cost totally depend on methods you want to do. If you use natural method like sunlight then there is no cost if you use unnatural methods like chemicals it may cost a little bit. For example if we use a boric acid, it may cost around $7/oz.
If we are using nematodes it may cost approximately $20 per 1 million nematodes.
Borate salt is also used to kill termites. It saves wood for termites and environment friendly. The cost of borate will be depend on the termites attack size and total cost is around $50-$280.
Natural way to Get Rid of Termites
Heat and cold method: Termites like to live in moisture and hates light, heat and extremely cold weather. So we can kill termites by giving it extreme weather of heat or extreme cold.
Avoid Moisture: Remove moisture near the wood thing and try to dry it. Termites will automatically die.
Sunlight: Put the infected wood into the sunlight it is very effective method it may take 1 or 2 days to kill the termites.
Nematodes: Feed on termites and other bacteria. This may be little expensive but it is effective and environment friendly.
DIY of Termites Control
There are two major types of Termites Controls Liquid Termites and termites Baits.
Liquid termites provide faster results. It may require a drilling at infection place to reach the termites. Drilling and pumping the volume of finished solution required to set up a termite barrier may be difficult.
The technology of non-repellent insecticides such as Taurus SC and Termidor SC, is an advancement over other termite insecticides.
Termites Baits are easily available in market. For this we don’t need to inject the chemicals into soil instead we put termite baits that we can place directly onto the ground.
Termites not only feed wood but also all things that have cellulose like paper and cardboards. This can used as trick to kill termites. Just place the wet cardboards near the infected area and attract the termites. When cardboard is full of termites disposed the cardboard and termites kill automatically. Preferably burn the cardboard.
To kill the termites spray table salt which has sodium chloride on the area where the termites are. Because there are cellulose in Table salt termites will attract and got killed.
Petroleum jelly has phenol in it. Rub it your wooded thing and polish it after couple of days.
White Vinegar can also be used for termite killing.
Some Essential Oils
Some essentials oils kills termites effectively and prevent infections in future by pouring on infested area. For example, clove bud oil and vetiver oil name of few.
Sources of Termites and its Precautions Measures
Mostly termites are attracts from water but it could not be the only one reason.
. Leaking Pipes
. Leaking rainwater tanks
. Fault hot water system overflow valves
. Overflow from water pots Planets
. Dripping irrigation fixture
. Incorrect Connected downpipes
There could be many other moisture factor which can be addressed and can reduced the risk of termites. It is not a onetime prevention but continuously took care is essential to prevent your house or wooden thing save from termites completely.
While you are doing termite inspection of your home with the moisture point of view. Keep it very deep.
When the termites are in your house there are many sources where termites got food and survive. So we not only keep in mimed it sources of born but where they got food. It could use timber cellulose and other natural fibers.
But when you found some issues solve it immediately and if it cannot be able to reduce it completely try to minimize it affect as possible.
Products to Control Termites
Taurus SC Termiticide
Is a powerful insecticide and concentrated active ingredient. We will dissolve Taurus in Water and fill a moat around house. In this way Taurus will work as barrier to protect your house from pests.
It can be used for outdoor only. It will remove the termites and other pest like ants, cockroaches, earwigs within 90 days.
Bayer Diy Termite Killer
Have slow acting imidacloprid. Because they are easy to use and economical people prefer it than liquid insecticide. It is easy to use like just place it around wooden structure and pour them on the soil and lawns. It will activate with water and start killing. It is enough to use it once. Bayer Granules are best for killing not work for repelling. And works within week.
Termidor Foam – A Foam for Removing Colonies in the Wall Voids
Termidor Foam is another products for which helps us to kill pests.it is also slow acting poison and have same ingredients.it works as spray to wall voids because it packed in cylinder. It is very hard that they will die of fipronil and unable to break barrier. It maybe some costly but very effective as for as results are concerns.
TERRO 16 oz. Carpenter Ant & Termite Killer Aerosol Spray
This is also a spray having powerful ingredients of pyrethroids like tetramethrin and deltamethrin. By using this we can spray the foam type liquid deep down the infested area like wall cracks, room and kitchen corners and wooden holes etc. this is very effective and provide results in no time and control its next attack for four weeks. It is used for indoors and outdoors both.
This is economical and very effective.
36 Catchmaster Rodents & Insects Traps
36 universal cardboard traps can be folded. This is used for protection for individual objects but can’t prevent from new termites attack or entrance. This is not only used for to trap insects but also lizard and even snakes. These are pest control options which are available in cheaply and surly there are effective.
Termite Bait Systems
Five Bait Stations for house area contain hexafluuron. It is slow acting that are put under the soil and use as feed to trap termites. After placing wait for some time and whenever it detects any termites, a red pillar will pop up to indicate some danger. And a single trap work for a whole year.
These are used for outdoor use and only 15 stakes are enough for up to 2500 to 3000 sq. feet. The Spectracide is not used as only solutions for pest control.\
How to Outsource Termites Treatment
If you don’t have a time or could not able to control termites then you definitely need some professional to do it for you.
There are some precaution while we are looking for outsource professional termite controls Company in USA. Following are few things which you can take into account while considering a suitable pest control company.
Get Multiple Quotes
Get Multiple Quotes from different companies. Ask them to give free quotes of termites killing. Just tell them your problem nature and area and ask them for free quotation that how many they will charge.
Ask their company specialization and expertise. Their company lifetime and experience in industry. And also how many of projects or jobs they have already done before it.
Have a Free Termite Treatment Survey
Just ask that company to have a free survey of your house and tell that how will they work to control the termite treatment and how many time they will take.
Is company licensed?
Is that company have a pest control license to work as company and provide termite and pest control services to customers?
What are the safety precaution they used while treatment. Whether they use safety precaution while using chemical for treatment that will not affect any other person or thing surrounding to it.
Annual or Monthly Inspection
Whether the company offered the free inspection monthly or yearly to clients
Now you have a good know how about termite don’t waste time and take action before it destroy your house or wooden things. Whether outsource any company or do it yourself. But keep in mind when you are doing it yourself that some of these chemicals are harmful for health. So use safety precaution.