If you are looking for information on how to get rid of termites, you must have had enough of the damage these pests cause. Termites live in colonies and the most common species include Formosan, Subterranean and Dry wood termites. Being that these pests feed on cellulose, your home can easily become a favorite habitat for them. Additionally, they thrive during all seasons and are therefore hard to exterminate. To avoid damage on your property, you can seek services of professional termite exterminators. They will help you get rid of termites and prevent future infestations.
Dry wood termites feed on exposed wood. Subterranean termites build mounds outside the house and then create underground tunnels that lead to your house. If there’s wood connecting the house and the ground, Formosan termites will build mud tubes on it till they reach the house.
Signs of a Termite Infestation
- Cracked or bubbled paint.
- Mud tubes.
- Hollowed wood.
- Droppings that resemble sawdust or coffee grounds.
- Blisters on wood flooring.
How to Get Rid of Termites
Eliminate food sources
The best way to get rid of termites is by eliminating their food sources. They feed on cellulose which can be found in wood, papers, and mulch. Remove piles of woods lying around in your yard. Chances are that they will attract moisture and create the perfect conditions for the termite population to increase. Replace cardboard boxes with plastic boxes. The lack of access to cellulose will frustrate the termites such that they will eventually leave.
Seal entry points
Termites get into your house through small cracks on the floor, walls, and roofs. Inspect the house and seal all these gaps with Sparko Silicone Sealant or a wire mesh. Also, repair broken windows. This is a great strategy to get rid of termites.
Expose infested furniture to sunlight
Termites are very fond of darkness and humidity. Sunlight kills them. If you have chairs, sofa sets or beds that have been infested by termites, take them outside. This is a perfect method to get rid of termites.
Destroy termite mounds
It would be fruitless to apply other termite elimination method without destroying the mounds. They will keep on reappearing. Upon identifying the mound, you can pour salt solution inside it repeatedly. For the best results, apply proven to work termiticides inside these areas to ensure that the termites have been killed completely.
Treat with termiticides
There are powerful pesticides that are designed to exterminate termites. Some of them include Gladiator 4TC, Premise 200 SC and Termidor 96SC among others. These pesticides are available in our online shop with free deliveries countrywide. Before application, ensure to read the instructions on the label.
Use wet cardboard trap
If you suspect a termite colony in your home, place wet cardboard near that area. They will be attracted to it and you can now know where exactly to apply the treatment.
Apply salt solution
The salt solution is a natural method used to get rid of termites. Mix equal parts of water and salt. Apply this mixture on the affected areas. Salt dehydrates the termites and they end up dying. This method can be quite tedious especially if the population of termites is huge.
Termites are one of the hardest pests to get rid of. They live in colonies and survive through all seasons. Additionally, getting rid of cellulose materials completely can be quite difficult since many homes contain wooden structures. As such, if termites have become a bother in your house, call a termite control expert. They will know how to provide a permanent solution.
How to Prevent Termite Infestations
- Remove mulch around the house: Mulch contains cellulose that might attract termites. Its ability to retain moisture makes it more attractive to termites. Use mulch that is made of gravel instead of wood.
- Fix leaks in the attic or basement: Water softens wood which termites love to munch on. Humidity also creates a perfect environment for them to create nests.
- Inspect wooden floors and furniture regularly. This will help in preventing termite infestations from becoming severe.
Termites can convert a solid wood into a toothpick within a very short time. They can easily deplete your wealth if not treated early enough. At Imagine Care, we help you get rid of termites fast and effectively. We employ advanced and effective termite control products and technologies. If termites are bothering you, call us on +254737898884, +254759292158, +254789231328, +254742448334, or drop an email to . We will thoroughly inspect your property, exterminate the termites and give recommendations to prevent such infestations in the future.