Termites are a scourge on any property, and a pest that can unfortunately cause a lot of damage without the owner even realizing. That is, of course, until the problem can't be ignored any longer. It's difficult to really assess the true costs of termites, but the estimated costs are billions to Americans every year. It's just too high a price to pay for an insect that ultimately doesn't deserve that much money. You may have heard about preventative, natural, or chemical treatments for termites and wondered which one is right for you. We'll look at the different ways to get rid of termites and what you can do to stop them from coming back.
There are several types of termites, and the different species have a lot to do with what kind of damage you endure. Whether the termite flies around in broad daylight or lives hidden away from sight, both types of species have serious appetites that keep them eating every hour of the day. Large colonies can work their way through a whole cup of wood in 2 hours. Imagine what they could do to even large properties in just a day! Getting rid of termites in walls starts with understanding how they nest. If there are any tunnels along your external walls or your foundation, it's likely that you have a subterranean species. They move underground and essentially eat their way up to a preferred food source, also known as your home. Getting rid of them will mean professional extermination along with sealing up the holes that the termites have already built for themselves.
If you're wondering how to get rid of termites in house, there's no end to natural solutions when it comes to insect removal. Orange oil, vinegar, and washing powder are all recommended, as their acidic nature can be used to kill termites on contact. You can also invest in nematodes, or worms that will feast on large quantities of termites if given the chance. Other solutions include wetting down a piece of cardboard and then placing it near the home. This method works by drawing out termites and allowing you to get rid of them this way. Because the moist cellulose of the cardboard is one of their favorite meals, you can get plenty of them out this way and then burn the cardboard along with all the termites you've accumulated.
The problem with trying to take care of termites on your own is that the results can be mixed. Even if you get 99% out of your home, the remaining few can form a new colony that will quickly start your headaches all over again. For instance, using the cardboard method may kill off plenty of the pests, but there could still be countless unhatched eggs left in or near your home. Clint Miller Exterminating is here to eliminate pests altogether for residents in Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, Montgomery, and Carrabus. We can also show you how to keep termites at bay. Contact us today to learn more about preventative, confirm you have an active infestation, or to schedule an appointment for extermination.