Mar 26, 2014

Do-It-Yourself Tips for Eliminating Your Home's Termites

Do-It-Yourself Tips for Eliminating Your Home's Termites -Your home is extremely important to you. Besides living there, it's also your biggest investment. And termites can ruin it. That's why getting rid of them is so important.

If you've found the little pests on your property, it is best to stay calm. It takes years to do enough harm to cause very serious problems. You'll be able to get rid of them. There are plenty methods of termite treatment available. There are even ways you can manage termite control on your own, without the help of professionals! If you like DIY projects, here are a few ways to lose the termites.

  • Prevention - The absolute best way to get rid of your termites is to never let them arrive in the first place! Termites like dark, moist places. If your home isn't cozy they'll go somewhere else. Try to have your home inspected regularly. Make sure there's no standing water from leaking pipes or hoses. Clean out your gutters. If you can't fend them off, however, these tricks should help.
  • Trap and burn them - If you have a decent idea of where the colony is located, trapping them can be an effective method of termite control. Termites eat wood because it has cellulose. Cardboard also has cellulose. By setting up a stack of damn cardboard, you can lure out lots of termites. Once your stack is "infested," dispose of it. Lighting it on fire in a safe place is the best way to guarantee the termites don't make it. You'll probably have to do this a few times.
  • Use the sun - When termites are more interested in your wooden patio furniture than your home, consider yourself lucky. Many times, simply moving the furniture into the sunlight will be discouraging enough to your little pests that they'll move along. Just make certain your home is in full prevention mode first!
  •  Nematodes - Nematodes are little worms that harm termite populations. "Beneficial nematodes" can typically be purchased at plant nurseries, garden shops and hardware stores. These little guys kill and live inside termite larva, resulting in a stagnation of the population. They may even encourage the little wood-chompers to leave! Don't release them at mid-day though, because they don't like the sunlight either.

If you're losing patience or aren't having success, don't be afraid to call an exterminator. Termites can number in the hundreds of thousands and exterminators are knowledgeable about all sorts of pests and ought to be able to find a termite treatment that gets the job done.

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