Termite Home Remedies
Homeowners who want to know how to get rid of termites should be aware that termite extermination is a job best left to professionals. With that said, homeowners can and should take preventative measures to ensure that termites do not infest their homes using commonly available consumer products. Since termites need moisture to survive, eliminating damp areas around the house is the most important step any homeowner can take to prevent and to get rid of an infestation. It can also help to replace the soil around the house with sand, eliminate ground-to-wood contact around your home, and avoid stacking firewood near the house.
In applications where wood needs to touch the ground, use termite-resistant species of wood or treated wood.
Some woods that are resistant to termites are:
If termites are able to access your home, cover all the openings to the outside with steel mesh to allow ventilation without providing an access point to pests. Arguably the most effective preventative measure homeowners can take against termite infestations and to effectively get rid of termites is to schedule regular, professional inspections to ensure that any damage is caught early.
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Exterminator and Professional Methods
Professional exterminators have access to multiple eradication methods unavailable to the average consumer. They know how to kill termites quickly and efficiently without damaging the structure or the surrounding ecosystem.
One common method for eliminating and getting rid of termites requires treating the soil around the house with commercial grade termiticides like imidacloprid or fipronil. These termiticides can also be used on wood that has already been infested with termites.
Exterminators may also place termite baits around the yard. The bait lures the insects into a trap. Once they’ve gone inside, they will be exposed to either a slow-acting termiticide or an insect growth regulator. The affected termites will survive long enough to return to the colony and spread the poison, effectively eradicating the entire termite colony.
Termiticides come in a few forms. For direct soil application, most exterminators use liquid agents. If there is no way to reach the affected area, using liquid termiticides, foam agents and dust agents are also available. Fumigation can also be used to kill large termite colonies. However, fumigation will not prevent termites from coming back, so homeowners will still need to take preventative measures against future infestations. Termite extermination costs can range anywhere from $200 to $2,000 based on the level of infestation.