How to Get Termites Out of Your Home

In some Latin American countries, termites are called "comején", derived from the verb "comer" which means "to eat", because these insects eat furniture.
How to Get Termites Out of Your Home

Last update: 06 June, 2021

There are few plagues as destructive for a house as termites. These insects eat wood and are not only capable of destroying furniture but also the very structures in your home (like floors and baseboards, among others).

Once you’ve noticed you have termites, it’s important to act sooner rather than later to avoid them eating wood and destroying your furniture and other wooden objects they may have access to.

Termites in your home

How can you tell if you have termites in your home? Pay attention to any wood you have: you’ll see yellowish marks, as if it were sprinkled with breadcrumbs. Also, you might see the holes they leave as they eat.

It’s worth mentioning that these creatures have some preferences. The main types of wood that they like to eat are pine, botarrama, cypress, ceiba, raft, and cage. However, they can attack many other kinds.

Many people say that termites don’t tend to attack furniture that’s made from cenízaro, bitter cedar, or Guanacaste. However, don’t believe everything you hear. If the wood isn’t treated, it’s possible that termites will attack it.

Tips to get rid of the termites in your home

Termites on wood

1. Get rid of the termites in your home with oranges and camphor

You can place a jar with orange peel and camphor in closets and the dark corners of your home. Camphor is a whitish substance that looks like salt and can be used as an insecticide, among many other things. However, be careful that it doesn’t touch your clothes because it can stain.

The orange peel will create an attractive smell, so it’s not essential that you include it. If you do that, it’s a good idea to change the skin at least once a week.

2. Make an insecticide with boric acid

Another product you can use as an insecticide is boric acid, and you can use it as follows:

  • Mix a teaspoon of boric acid with a tablespoon of sugar and another of milk.
  • Fill bottle caps and place them in the affected areas.
  • Do not put them in places that children or pets can access; it can be poisonous.
  • Repeat this process for three or four weeks. As we’ve suggested, these insects reproduce quickly and there could be quite a number of them.

The secret of this technique lies in its constant use. Otherwise, it’ll hardly help to get rid of the termites in your home.

Fumigating the house.

3. Other recommendations

There are all kinds of tips floating around on the internet about how to get rid of termites. However, we do need to warn you about the ineffectiveness of some of them.

For example, the suggestion of spraying gasoline on the wood. It doesn’t reach the inside of the wood, which is where the insects live and eat. Plus, it smells bad and is very flammable.

Similar recommendations suggest using canfin or kerosene, burning oil, and other substances like that. We’ll say it again, they’re not a good idea because they’re highly flammable.

Alterntively, you can use strong medicinal plants like black wood, amargo, and plantain. To do this, you’ll need to boil water with the leaves of these plants to create an infusion. However, it’s not a highly effective method.

4. Chemical waxes

There are professionals and companies dedicated to getting rid of the termites in your home. Baring in mind that a colony of termites can have millions of insects and are also very damaging to your home, it’s not a bad idea to use them.

The advantage here is that they use controlled methods and directly attack the termites’ home once and for all. This way, the problem will be taken care of and you won’t give them a chance to multiply.

Is it possible to prevent an invasion?

If you live in a place where termites are common, it’s best to avoid the problem altogether and not have wooden furniture at all. If you do decide to have wooden furniture, make it high-quality wood to avoid it deteriorating at the fault of these bugs.

Keeping your home clean and disinfected can help too, but it’s no guarantee.  So, you should be aware and ensure that your furniture, beams, and openings are in a good condition.

Lastly, avoid humidity accumulating, and especially, ensure that there are no leaking pipes! This is where insects live and reproduce and you have you remember that they do this very quickly.

Getting rid of termites in your home isn’t easy and, what’s more, the insurance process will have you ripping your hair out with impatience. Don’t worry, though, over time you’ll manage to banish them if you fight the problem properly. But, act quickly; the damage is irreversible!

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