Termites are very important in the ecosystem. They are essential in the recycling process of plant matter and wood. They are part of the detritivore. However, if termites are left unchecked, they can cause massive destruction to your home. The damage that can run into thousands of dollars in replacement and repairs.
Signs of Termite Infestation
The wood and subterranean termites cause infestation but to a varying degree. Subterranean termites usually inhabit underground while wood termites are found on wood furniture. Around the bases of furniture damaged by termites, you will always find sawdust and frass, the droppings left by wood termites.
There are various methods that you can employ to get rid of termite infestation. It is strongly recommended that you get rid of the termites naturally rather than using foams and insecticides. The latter affects the environment.
Use of Cardboard Traps
It is one way that you can eliminate termites using a non-toxic method. The cardboard traps have cellulose which is used to attract female termites. The cellulose gives the cardboard a smell that is woody. Spraying water further enhances the woody scent on the cardboard which makes it damp. The cardboard is placed in an area that is targeted for termites to gather themselves on top of it. The termites are then collected and burned.
For termites to thrive, they need an area that is full of moisture. You should always ensure that your house has no areas that are prone to moistures. In case you notice that there are surfaces holding moisture, have them repaired immediately or keep them dry. Outside the house, clear all pools of water and any leakages that can come into contact with the foundation of your home hence providing an environment that is conducive for termites.
Exposure to Sunlight
Termites cannot stand sunlight. They die off the moment they are exposed to the sun’s heat. If you notice that the subterranean termites have a colony at a certain point in your home, start by clearing the vegetation. Alternatively, dig the colony up and have the termites exposed to the sun rays. Wood termites are eliminated by airing furniture at regular intervals. Ensure that this is done when the sun is scorching since it flashes the termites from the deepest corners.
Use of Parasitic Nematodes
This is a biological method for dealing with termites where you can introduce a natural predator in an area where you suspect that there are termites. This could be a colony. Such natural predator is the parasitic nematodes which will feed on termites.
Use of Botanical Treatment
Compounds that have been extracted from fruits and plants are used to kill termites. One such compound is d-limonene extracted from orange oil. Secondly, the Asian neem tree has a compound in it which when ingested by termites make them die.
In conclusion, by learning how to get rid of termites naturally, you can apply the methods safely. The methods mentioned above can either be used singularly or combined to achieve maximum effect.