Do you have a termite problem? If so, you’re not alone. Termite infestations are a common issue, and they can be difficult to get rid of. Traditional methods of extermination, such as using chemicals, can be expensive and dangerous. This blog post from Bio Termite Control will discuss some alternative methods of getting rid of termites that don’t involve using harsh chemicals. Stay safe and save money by trying these methods today!
One of the most popular non-chemical methods of termite extermination is orange oil. Orange oil is a natural extract from citrus peels that is deadly to termites. It can be used as a standalone treatment or in conjunction with other methods, such as bait stations.
Termites’ exoskeletons disintegrate in orange oil, causing them to lose moisture and proteins and eventually die. Spray the oil directly on termites or areas where termites are suspected. Orange oil is non-toxic to humans and pets, making it a safe option for homeowners.
Borate powder is a natural mineral that is lethal to termites. When ingested, borate powder disrupts the termite’s digestive system and causes them to die. Like orange oil, it can be used by sprinkling its powder around areas that have termites.
One downside of using borate powder is that it can take longer for the results to become visible. It may also require multiple treatments to get rid of the termites completely. However, borate powder is safe for humans and pets and can be easily applied.
Vinegar is a natural and affordable way to get rid of termites. It can be used in conjunction with other methods or as a standalone treatment. Simply combine a half cup of it with the juice of two lemons to make this termite killer.
Fill a spray bottle with the mixture and spray it about the area where you suspect termites are present. The termites will be killed as soon as they come into touch with the acidic fluid.
Nematodes are tiny, parasitic worms that kill termites. They can be purchased from most specialty stores and applied directly to the soil where termites are present.
The nematodes will invade the termite’s colony, causing them to die. This treatment is usually all it takes to get rid of a colony of termites. Nematodes are safe for humans and pets and can be used on any type of soil.
This involves creating a physical barrier around your home that will stop the termites from entering.
You can achieve this by using metal flashing, concrete, or even plastic sheeting. Make sure the barrier is at least six inches deep and extends all the way around your home. If possible, also create a trench that goes down into the soil beneath your home. This will help keep the termites from getting underneath your house.
If you have a cardboard box that’s been sitting in your garage for a while, you may want to get rid of it. Termites love to eat cardboard, and they will infest any cardboard box they come across.
To get rid of termites using this method, simply wet the cardboard and place it near areas where you’ve seen termites. Putting this cardboard bait down will attract them to a specified location.
When you notice that termites have taken up residence at the buffet, you can remove the piece of cardboard and fire it, thereby eliminating all of the termites. You can repeat the method as needed.
Termites cannot tolerate sunlight and will avoid it at all costs. If you have an area or furniture on your property that’s being invaded by termites, try exposing it to direct sunlight. The heat and light from the sun will kill the termites within a few days.
During the summer, it shouldn’t take long for all of those pesky pests to leave your furniture. You can’t exactly haul your beams out into the yard if your home’s structure is infested with termites. However, you can get the same outcomes by shining UV lamps on the region.
FAQ’s About Getting Rid of Termites Without Chemicals
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about eliminating termites without using harsh chemicals:
What Can I Spray on Wood to Keep Termites Away?
There are a few things you can spray on wood to keep termites away. These include vinegar, borate powder, and orange oil. However, it’s important to note that these sprays will only work if the termites come into contact with them. If they’re hidden deep inside the wood, the sprays won’t be effective in getting rid of them.
How Do You Stop Termites From Spreading?
The best way to stop termites from spreading is by sealing off any entrances they may be used to get into your home. You can do this by using a perimeter barrier or filling in any cracks or crevices on your property.
Why Do Termites Suddenly Appear?
Termites can appear suddenly for a few reasons. They may be searching for food if there’s been a recent drought. Furthermore, they may have been mating and are looking for a new place to start a colony.
The New Understanding
As you can see, there are many ways to get rid of termites without using harsh chemicals. If you’re dealing with an infestation, try some of these methods and see which works best for you.
Remember, the earlier you start treatment, the easier it will be to get rid of those pesky critters. If you have additional questions you want to ask, do not hesitate to give us a call!