Right now, one of the most threatening parasites to buildings that exist are termites. They cause a lot of trouble for the owners and it is extremely difficult to get rid of them due to their ability to survive in hostile environments.
Hence, we made this article to tell you about some effective methods we use to kill termites in the case of an infestation.
What are termites infamous for?
Termites can destroy a wooden structure in no time. At the same time, the presence of parasites is not so easy to detect. To prevent the destruction of wooden furniture in your home, it is necessary to tell where and when termites started coming from.
Signs of Termite Infestation
The most important signs of termite presence are:
• Odd brown droppings on wooden furniture or on the floor;
• Strange holes you can’t find the cause of;
• Wooden furniture slowly degrading;
• Gradually softening flooring.
Read more on how to detect signs of termite infestation
If you see these key symptoms in your home or a location you frequent (like work), it’s nearly always a key sign that you have a termite infestation. Call a pest control specialist immediately before too much damage is done to the building structure.
If you want to know what termite inspectors check for when they do termite control, here is an article on what happens when a professional termite remover removes your termite problem.
So, how do I get started with treating a termite infestation in my home?
First, determine the location of the termite mounds by locating spreading tracks. They are small brownish grains and are fairly easy to spot if you know what you are looking for. It is also worth looking for a nest of parasites. It’s usually hidden in a wooden structure.
For more, slightly more unusual spots that termites can make their hideouts in, Terminix has an article that goes into detail on where termites live.
What kinds of termites should I be concerned about?
Two types of termites:
• underground – they live in buildings as well as in the ground (harder to detect);
• Wood – can only be found in wooden structures, but chews through your wood shockingly quickly.
Underground termites occur in warm, humid climates like Singapore. Unlike underground termites, wood termites live almost everywhere. Sometimes you’ll find underground termites in heaps or piles of wood.
They’re a lot more dangerous than the termite species’ that live in a tree. You’ll need serious effort to get rid of the pesky termites.
What can I use to get rid of termites, now that I know how to spot where they reside and how they look like?
HOW TO GET RID OF TERMITES
There are currently several ways to treat these insects also commonly known as white ants.
1. Homemade Solutions
Combat traditional termites by the use of independently produced mixtures. Boric acid is most commonly used in such a situation.
When the solution enters the insect’s body, they dry up and at the same time destroy the nervous system.
In addition, you can work on the principle of a chain reaction: the termites on the bones carry the poison in the nest and infect the other members of the colony.
For boric acid:
Aqueous solution: Dilute the boric acid into an aqueous solution. Water down the termite powder and apply the resulting product to small pieces of cardboard or moistened wood elements. Place these cardboard pieces near to the habitat, and don’t forget to occasionally moisten them with extra drops of boric acid solution every now and then.
Boric acid paste: mix the boric acid termite powder with a small amount of sugar, honey, and water to make a thick paste. Then we’re lubricating the region of the domestic termite infestation.
2) Other chemicals
Other chemicals you can use to kill termites include:
These drugs may be harmful to your pets, and hence it is, therefore, advisable to remove them from your home during treatment.
These tools are very easy to use: Spray the insecticide termites spray onto termite mounds and leave the room. This will kill termites.
3) DIY homemade termite traps
You can make a DIY termite trap called a leaf trap that just require ordinary cardboard sheets. They need to be moistened with water and placed in the termite mound, or close to it as possible.
Cardboard sheets are a great tool to use. This is because cellulose is the most important parasite food.
After the termites go into it, you have to remove the box from the house and burn it completely.
Important: A leaf trap like the one mentioned here is not going to help you get rid of termites forever. To increase efficiency, we recommend using this method in combination with other methods.
4) Orange butter
When used, the product is toxic to these pests. You must apply orange oil to the surfaces on which the termites live. It is recommended that you treat the wood from the inside to make it more efficient.
Important: Orange oil is completely safe to humans. It does not have harmful effects and can be used in the proximity of young children and people with allergic reactions.
The quick result is the most important benefit of the drug. In no time you will completely kill termites. Garlic or essential oil is used if you must do without this form of termite bait.
Salt is one of the most useful and effective methods for the elimination of termites. The sodium chloride (salt) must be diluted in water to prepare the product.
Working principle: the salt solution termites spray is sprayed onto the pests’ location. You can also try dipping cotton swabs and put them next to the wood.
Remove the termites using heat at home. When the termites live in furniture, they have to be put out on a hot day. High temperatures are good for killing insects. Sunlight is a contributing element to the rapid destruction of parasites. The efficacy of the method depends on the furniture’s duration in the sunlight (at least 2 days).
7) Diatomaceous Earth
This method completely eliminates termites and is often a last-ditch option for homeowners who have tried all of the above but had no luck removing termites. Put this powder in the termite mounds/ nests. The drug is completely safe for both humans and animals but may irritate your skin slightly. Wash hands after use.
To learn more about how to use Diatomaceous Earth, this article tells you about how diatomaceous earth can be used to repel these termite invaders from your home.
Now that you’ve read this article on the different ways that you can remove a termite infestation in your house, you may feel like you need a termite control specialist to help you with your termite issue. That’s perfectly fine, and not every homeowner feels confident in removing termite infestations by themselves.
We here at Zenith Lab are termite removal specialists in Singapore and use the latest technology to remove your termite infestation in a manner that is safe for the elderly, kids and pets. Contact us today for a quote