Pests are more likely to invade your home during warmer weather. A termite infestation is easy to overlook until the damage is extensive. Regular termite inspections will help keep you aware of any new termite issues. You can take steps to prevent and get rid of termites in your home.
Get Rid of Termites with These Treatment Options
Professional intervention is the best solution for large infestations. Try these tips to help get rid of termites before a professional is necessary.
Set Up a Bait Station
If you can’t find the colony, create a bait station for them. Use a food source like cardboard or pieces of wood. Coat the bait in termite poison like a termite bait from the local hardware store or boric acid.
Termites will bring the bait back to the colony and spread the poison to the rest. Always be careful when using pesticides around pets or children.
Use Essential Oils to Get Rid of Termites
Essential oils are used for several things, including getting rid of termites. Orange oil and neem oil are common essential oils used to kill termites. The oil stops the termites from shedding their skin and laying eggs. To create your essential oil mixture, use two cups of water, a couple of drops of dish soap, and roughly 120 drops of your preferred essential oil. Shake and spray the area where termites are living. Reapply until there are no further signs of termites.
Spread Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous Earth is a well-known product that can be used to prevent and kill many unwanted pests, including termites. The powder dehydrates the exoskeletons of insects. Sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth around areas where you believe termites may be present. Also, sprinkle it around the foundation and in the crawlspace. The termites will die after coming into contact with the powder.
While these methods will help you get rid of termites, DIY methods are only effective for minor termite problems. It can be challenging to determine the extent of the termite infestation, the damage done, or whether the entire colony is gone. Hire a professional exterminator to make sure your problem is solved completely.