Do you have a termite problem? Are the termites destroying outdoor wooden elements, like patio furniture, a backyard deck, or even rails and posts on your porch? You likely have subterranean termites. These termites die when they're exposed to sunlight, so they live underground and burrow holes into pieces of wood. If they're not treated, they can find their way into your home and start destroying your house's frame and structural integrity. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to kill these dangerous pests. Here are three of the most effective solutions:
Beneficial nematodes. These are unsegmented worms that feed on termites. You can find them at any garden or hardware store. After you get the nematodes, you need to place them in the targeted area within a couple of days. If it will be longer than that, store them in your refrigerator until you're ready.
The worms will burrow underground and kill off the entire termite colony. They won't harm you, your pets, or your plants, so there's no harm in trying them out. Also, like termites, they can be killed by sunlight. That means you'll want to release them before sunrise or after sunset.
Boric acid. This pesticide attacks a termites nervous system, rendering the pest unable to move. Eventually, the termite dies. You can kill off an entire colony by coating pieces of wood with the acid and placing those wooden planks in the ground around the targeted area. You can find boric acid at your local hardware store.
Boric acid can be toxic, especially if consumed in large amounts. Be sure to wear gloves and a mask while using the acid. Also, keep pets and children out of the area. Regularly check the wooden stations and spray them with a fresh coat of acid. Do this until you don't see any further sign of termite infestation.
Cardboard. This is a highly cost effective solution that only takes a few minutes to do. Take a few pieces of cardboard and spray them with water. The moisture will release the smell of the cardboard's cellulose. That will attract termites. Set the cardboard in the targeted area and wait for termites to flock to it. Once the cardboard is covered in termites, remove it and light it on fire. That will kill off the termites. You may need to repeat this process several times.
To be absolutely certain that you kill off the termites, you may want to contact a pest control company, such as Greenleaf Organic Pest Management. They can test for termite infestation, pinpoint the bugs' exact location, and make sure that they're completely eliminated.