Termite & Pest Control Tips
The most common types of termites that destroy your home are drywood termites. They are doubly more dangerous than subterranean termites as these buggers don’t need soil in order to thrive. They can enter your home through the smallest crack and they build their colonies in drywood. Oftentimes, what homeowners will discover are the small wood shavings and fecal matter droppings left behind. The faster you notice that termites are burrowing into your home, the better!
Termites can single-handedly destroy your home and they are one of the most common household pests in the world. Fortunately, there are a few eco-friendly ways that you can fight back and destroy them.
Electrocute The Buggers
Did you know that you can effectively electrocute termites? You can choose to buy or rent a portable electric device in order to eradicate the colony. You will need to find the affected portions of wood surrounding your home in order to effectively electrocute the termites. You don’t need to necessarily drill holes into the wood, but you can choose to do so for added effectiveness.
Sunlight Is A Natural Killer
Most homeowners don’t know this, but sunlight is effective in naturally killing termites. You will need to remove the affected pieces of wood from your home and keep them in direct sunlight. The wood should be left outdoors in the sun for at least two to three days.
Orange Oil Extract
Orange oil shouldn’t be used lightly as it can lead to an upset stomach when ingested, but can also cause skin irritation when it comes into contact with your epidermis. The insects can die when you expose them to this oil extract as the D-Limonene will dissolve their exoskeletons. In order to make this method effective, you will need to drill holes into the affected wood and inject the extract into the holes. This method can work anywhere from three days to three weeks.
When you only need to deal with a few feet of wood, you can use a microwave. For every one or two feet of wood, you need to leave it inside of the microwave for up to 30 minutes.
If your home has seen a termite infestation at least once, it’s wise to check regularly for them. These little buggers can and will come back if you’re not careful to get rid of them as soon as you can!