The idea of termites in and around your home can be a stressful one. You are likely already aware of how much structural damage these tiny bugs can do to your house, but aren’t sure how you can fight them. The information below can help you eliminate the termites you have now and assist you in avoiding further infestations in the days ahead.
Spray Nematode Solution
One of the best things you can do when you see or suspect termites is to purchase a solution that contains nematodes. Nematodes are microscopic members of the worm family, and while they pose no threat to pets or humans, they are very dangerous for many bugs, including termites. In fact, it isn’t the nematodes themselves that is the threat; the bacteria they carry is what is fatal. Termites generally die within a a day or two after the nematodes are introduced. Spray the solution in all the areas you think termites are hiding.
Remove Their Food and Water Sources
Once you have taken steps to kill the living termites that you see and are aware of, you need to make a dedicated effort to make your home and lawn as uninhabitable as possible for them. You may not be able to do anything about your wood-frame house, but you can dig up tree stumps and remove wood chips to deprive termites of additional sources of cellulose, the substance in wood that they feed on.
You can also look around your front and back yards for signs of leaks and other water-related issues that create the kind of damp, dark conditions that termites and other bugs thrive in. For instance, be sure that proper draining is happening at the base of downspouts and that there is no standing water. If you are able to keep your property as dry as possible, that can help you avoid attracting termites.
Sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth
Once you’ve taken the time to get rid of water and food sources for termites, it’s smart to head to a garden store to buy diatomaceous earth. Diatomaceous earth is a powdery white or gray substance created from fossilized remains of diatoms that helps deter termites. This substance can be sprinkled around the house, in the yard, and even inside your home to prevent termites from becoming a problem in the future.
Eliminating termites can be done with some diligence and the information above. Consult pest control companies in your neighborhood who have handled termite infestations so they can guide your actions.