Subterranean termite infestations can be very damaging to the home. The termites will build tunnels from the ground to the wooden structures of the building, and they will begin to consume the wood. As the colony feeds, it grows, and as it grows, it does more damage, faster. If the infestation is not addressed quickly and properly, the termites will continue to do damage to the home that can end up costing thousands of dollars. Here is a DIY method that can be used by homeowners if the infestation is not too big.
Determine the species of the termites
Different species of termites will require different pest control methods. Subterranean termites, as the name suggests, have their colonies underground, while other types of termites will build their colonies straight in the wood. You also want to check which parts of the home are affected. Check for holes in wooden structures, sagging floors, and hollow sounding wood around the home.
Use the appropriate control methods
If you do have a subterranean termite infestation, which can be determined by checking for mud tubes that lead from the ground to the wood. This species of termites is especially susceptible to termite baits, nematodes and termiticide barriers. Termiticide barriers are chemical substances that are inserted in the ground, and they prevent the termites from moving from the colony to the home and vice versa. These barriers are best employed by professionals. Bait stations on the other hand can be used by anyone. They are placed inside holes in the ground, and they tempt termites to start foraging them. Once the termites take the poisoned bait back to the colony, it will start to spread internally, and eventually, the queen will be killed and the colony will be destroyed.
Protect the wood
Once the infestation is under control, you can use boric acid on the wood to prevent future infestations, or at least make the wood of the home less appealing. You can find this substance in almost any home improvement store, and it works by dehydrating the termites and killing them. As soon as termites see that their nestmates are dying when they enter certain areas, they will leave the area alone.
These methods can be used effectively if you have experience with DIY and if the infestation is relatively small. If the infestation is too large however, you will need the help of a pro. Contact us today to set up an appointment.