Do you think you have termites in your home?
If so, you’re not alone. Termites damage about 600,000 homes per year, so they’re a common problem for many American homeowners.
The key to saving your home is acting quickly and getting your home treated. Keep reading to learn about common ways to kill termites in your home and prevent severe damage.
To kill termites, you need to understand what termites are and what causes them.
Termites are pests that live in colonies and feed on cellulose, and they will appear in any plant or wood materials around your home. Termites don’t discriminate, so it doesn’t matter where you live or when your house was built.
The most common signs that you have a termite infestation is finding them around the outside of your home, especially around windows and doors. Some other signs of an infestation include:
Termites spread quickly around your home, so when you notice the signs, you’ll need to contact a professional immediately to get rid of them.
Termites will cause severe damage to your home if left untreated, so don’t wait. Before you can adequately kill any termites, you will need to remove any food sources for them from your home.
After that, you’re ready to start treatment. Depending on the level of infestation, there are DIY things you can try at home, or call in a professional. If you’re curious what the treatment process will look like, here are five common ways to get rid of termites in your home:
Boric acid is a less-toxic way to remove termites from your home. It is a fine powder that you apply directly to any infected areas. Boric acid kills termites by attacking their digestive systems, and they should be dead within a few days.
Poison barriers or traps are placed around the outside of your home. These both work by poisoning termites before they can get inside your home and spread.
Diatomaceous earth is an entirely natural and non-toxic option. Like boric acid, you apply diatomaceous earth to infested areas.
Diatomaceous earth is made of fossilized remains of small aquatic organisms. These remains are sharp, and they can cut through termites’ exoskeletons, eventually causing them to die.
While there are plenty of at-home options to get rid of termites, many of the non-toxic options won’t hold up against a large colony of termites.
If the above options don’t work, you will need to call a professional and have them apply liquid pesticides in and around your home.
If you have a severe infestation, you will need to get professional help, and tent fumigation might be necessary.
Before you can start the tent fumigation, you will need to leave your home and remove most of your belongings. After you’ve evacuated, an extermination company will tent your home to block it off from the outside environment and use chemicals to kill the termites.
The process could last weeks, depending on how many termites you have in your home.
Termite infestations are a significant headache for homeowners, but they can be treated now that you know how to kill termites. The faster you act, the more likely you will be able to save your home from severe damage.
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