Termites are insects that feed on wood like the furniture in your house, your books, your precious tree in your yard, and even your insulation. There are over 2,000 different species of termites around the world, but you’ll only find about fifty of them in the United States.
Termites prefer warm climates so you’ll find them in every state in America except for Alaska. The 3 main species of termites that cause about 5 billion dollars yearly in damages are the dampwood, drywood, and subterranean termites. Out of these three groups of termites the subterranean is the most destructive and causes the most damages. Both the drywood and subterranean termites can infest your home while the dampwood termites are less likely because they mainly live in heavily forested areas.
Some of the common signs you should look out for if your house has termites is cracked paint on wood items in your home, mud tubes on surfaces, wood colored droppings known as frass, broken wings, hollow sounding or soft wood, and wood structures that have been damaged.
Some steps you can take to prevent a termite problem include:
- Avoiding moisture build up in your house by double checking that all your water faucets outside your home is completely cut off and not dripping.
- Before you purchase an old house make sure the wood around the foundation of the home is replaced.
- Seal off any cracks you may see near the windows, vents, and roof.
- Store all of your wood chips and firewood away from your house to discourage any termites from living anywhere near your home.
- Keep your gutters clean of any debris so water doesn’t build up and create the moist environment termites love.
When it comes to home remedies there are several options available. One of these options is boric acid, which is a natural insecticide that can terminate termites. As a matter of fact, boric acid is the leading ingredient in many of the pesticides available at the store.
Boric acid can be found in any home improvement or drug store in powdered form. To utilize as a home remedy you can spread some of the powder around the soils, termite holes, and other areas termites might be.
Another method is to treat some wood with the boric acid powder and bury the wood in the soil where the termites are most active. The boric acid will kill the termites by preventing their nervous system from operating properly. You may have to apply the boric acid to several pieces of wood and bury them all around the infested area to make sure the entire colony gets wiped out.
The CardBoard Box
You can use a cardboard as a home remedy against this pest problem by using it as a bait. Cardboard is made with cellulose and termites love this material. So what you can do is wet a few pieces of cardboard until they are soaked and then stack them on top of one another.
Now place this stack of damp cardboard near the area with the most termite activity and leave it there for 2 to 3 days. The termites will immediately be attracted to the stack of cardboards and feed on it. Once a couple days have passed remove the stack of cardboard and burn it outside. Using this cardboard home remedy won’t stop your termite problem for good but it will definitely reduce the numbers of these insects.
These are two simple but highly effective home remedies you can use to control your termite problem. Burying several different pieces of wood that have been treated by boric acid can definitely stop this pest problem for good. One of those termites is bound to take some of the boric acid back to the heart of their colony to finish them all off.