Termites are a major problem in the United States. They can cause a lot of structural damage to your home. Having them exterminated can also cost anybody thousands of dollars. Sometimes, you can see your dollars melt away as you get one exterminator after another with no results.
Termites are bothersome, durable little creatures that will take everything that you give them and keep up on plugging along. It is best to call a professional, but if you do not have enough cash on you to hire a good exterminator, you might need to take matters into your own hands.
Here are some simple control tips that can help you with this pest problem. Try these simple steps and you can help improve your situation. Here's how to kill termites.
- Determine the amount of damage. Inspect the damaged area to see the extent of the damage. This will help you determine how much and where to put your termicide. If the infestation is concentrated on the outside of the structure of a house like a shed or a garage, then you are lucky. If the termite infestation has come into your house, then consider hiring a professional if your initial efforts do not pan out.
- Borax or boric acid. Borax is relatively inexpensive and is cheaper than the other alternatives out there. It is relatively safe for a pesticide. Borax mixed with propylene glycol works well with termites. This is an effective treatment for dry rot of wood as well.
- Apply the termicide. Apply the mixture into the termite trail. The boric acid should quickly spread around the colony through the worker termites. As it spreads around the colony, the termicide should eventually be transferred to the queen and effectively end the infestation.
- Repeat. There should be fewer and fewer termites visible in your property. The termites however lay eggs and these eggs can form into a brand new colony. This is why treatments need to be applied more than once. Repeating the process after three weeks should take care of the problem. Reassess the situation again after another week to see if the problem has been solved.
Termites are major problem that people encounter in the United States. This is an effective set of steps deal with that problem but in some cases, these simply may not work. If your termite situation has not improved after three weeks, call a professional for a free assessment. Learn about pest control and termite bonds between you and the professional. Better to have a professional look at the problem before it becomes even worse.