Every year, termites cause damages worth billions of dollars. They mainly feed on wood. They can damage papers, filtration systems, walls, papers and books. They also cause a lot of damage to living trees and shrubs. Termites can result in infestation of a building. It is important to have homes inspected during the buying and selling process. Termites can have a negative impact on the value of a home. Below are certain things you can do to get rid of termite infestation and ensure they never occur again.
Permethrin and arsenic dust can be used to get rid of termites. These chemicals are effective in washing off termite. When a termite gets in contact with the dust, the whole colony becomes prey. Permethrin works instantly. Arsenic dust on the other hand, works from one termite to the nest. Proper care needs to be observed because arsenic dust is a known natural poison.
Flooding has been known to be effective in getting rid of termites. You need to dig up the affected area and flood it so as the termites can drown.
Sunlight is a great disinfectant. Plenty of sunlight can destroy termites. Termites thrive in dark and dump surfaces. You need to open your windows every day and ensure your home receives enough sunlight. Termites don’t survive in a home that is lit up constantly.
Orange oil is known not to be soluble in water. It is extract from orange peel. Orange can irritate the skin and eyes. Care is needed when handling it. Identify hollow spaces in wood that have termites and pour the oil. You will see results after one to two weeks.
Boric acid work by stopping the nervous system of termites. You need to spray the wood where termites‘ feed. Use a mask and gloves when handling the insecticide. It is toxic when inhaled and corrodes the skin when in contact.
Worm species known as nematodes search for hosts such a termites to breed and grow. Use them in spray form to kill termites in 48 hours. Nematodes don’t cause harm to humans, pets or plants. They focus on destruction of insects. After purchasing nematodes, you need to use it immediately. Alternatively, you can store it in the refrigerator for preservation.
Bug bombs come in pressurized aerosol can and usually have liquid insecticides. Termites die instantly when in contact with the toxic substance.
Cardboard traps that are wetted get rid of termites effectively. Termites feed on cellulose found in stiff wood. Cardboard contains cellulose in high percentage. Using wet cardboard attracts the termites and once it is infested with the termites, you can take it out and burn them. For good results, you need to repeat the process.
Call exterminators to completely eliminate termite infestation. A full spread out infestation cannot be handled alone. It is vital you call professionals to prevent the damage from advancing.