How to Get Termites Out of Your Home

16 November, 2018

Anything made out of wood — whether it’s a piece of furniture or the floors — is vulnerable to termites, especially in damp areas. So how can you get rid of them?

There are few plagues as destructive for a house as termites. These insects eat wood and are capable of not only destroying furniture but also the very structure of your home. This article can certainly help you get them out of your house.

How can you tell if you have termites? You’ll see yellowish bits on the wood, as if it were sprinkled with breadcrumbs. Otherwise, you might see little holes in the wood. These are two definite signs of having some unwelcomed guests in your home.

These creatures they like certain kinds of wood better than others. If you have cedar or guanacaste wood, you’re pretty safe. They don’t like those kinds of wood that much. However, their favorites are the following:

  • Pine
  • Cypress
  • Kapok
  • Balsa
  • Alder

Tips if you have termites

Let’s get practical. How can you send termites packing before it’s too late? Below are some recommendations and methods to take care of this pest.

Termites on wood.

1. Oranges and camphor

One easy way to get rid of termites is by putting a jar of orange peel and camphor in the drawers of your dresser. 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.

2. Boric acid insecticide

You can find boric acid at the supermarket or lawn and garden store. Note: it’s not the same as medicinal boric acid sold in pharmacies.

  • 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.
  • Leave it there for three or four weeks. Termites reproduce quickly and there could be quite a number of them. Since termites usually transport food to their home, if you can poison some of them, then they’ll spread it to others.
Fumigating the house.

3. Other tips

There are all kinds of tips floating around on the internet about how to get rid of termites. However, some of them are ineffective and we’ll tell you why.

For example, spraying gasoline on the wood doesn’t work. 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.

You may have also run across tips encouraging the use of kerosene, motor oil, and other similar products. They are not recommended because of how flammable they are.

4. Chemical wax

There are entire companies dedicated to getting rid of termites. Since there could be millions of insects in just one home, and since they’re so harmful, it might not be a bad idea to turn to the pros.

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.

How can you prevent termites?

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 decide to have wooden furniture, make it high-quality so termites will have a harder time breaking it down.

Keeping your home clean and disinfected can help too, but it’s no guarantee. Try to keep the wood dry and especially protect your plumbing. That’s where the insects live and reproduce — and they do it very quickly.

Getting rid of termites isn’t easy and certainly will take patience. However, don’t worry, if you stick with it you’ll send them packing. Get going though, because the damage is irreversible!