Pests like termites are more active in the spring and summer months. These pervasive insects cause expensive property damage by feeding on the cellulose in structural wood. Follow the tips below to prevent and get rid of termites on your property.
Inspect and Repair Your Home
Some termites live underground and build mud tubes to travel from the soil to your home. Check the perimeter of your house for mud tubes and rotting wood. Regularly clean your gutters and downspouts to prevent clogs and divert water away from your home.
Make any needed repairs or improvements to your roof’s fascia, soffits, and shingles. It is essential to keep damp areas of your home well-ventilated and dry. When showering or cooking, always turn on the exhaust fans to help remove moisture from the air.
Expose Infested Objects to Sunlight
Termites will die after being exposed to the sun’s UV rays for a short time. Sunlight exposure is an easy way to eliminate termites from moveable objects. Move any infested items, like wooden furniture, into direct sunlight for 3-5 days to get rid of termites.
Use Natural Pesticides to Get Rid of Termites
There are several different natural treatments known to control termites. Mix boric acid with water and spray the mixture onto the affected wood. White vinegar works similarly. Sprinkling cayenne pepper onto the infested area deters termites. Diatomaceous earth is a natural powder that is deadly to termites. Spread the material over any infected area, indoors or outdoors. Neem oil is another natural pesticide applied to infested items with a cotton ball.
Make a Cardboard Trap
Place a wet cardboard box near the infestation to attract the termites. Then, remove the box and destroy the bugs inside by burning it. Repeat this process and try some of the other methods to get rid of the termites completely.
Contact Professional Exterminators
The best way to get rid of termites is to call a professional to treat your home. A pest control company uses insecticide to clear termites from your home and property. Termite baits around the house kill the pests over time by introducing pesticides into the colony. Liquid treatments may also be applied around the home to repel and kill any termites that come in contact with the chemicals.
Termites often go undetected until the damage is severe. Take these preventive measures to keep your home and property termite-free, and contact a professional to deal with an infestation.