How to Get Rid Termites

how to get rid of termites

Termites can cause a lot of damage to our home if given just half a chance. This guide will help you be able to find natural and cheap solutions that will help you get rid of this pest for good.

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How to Get Rid of Termites

The most common of termites species in the world

About 2000 species of termites are identified in the world. The most common species of them are divided to five species, they are Subterranean termites, Formosan termites, Dampwood termites, Drywood termites, and Conehead termites.

Subterranean termites

Subterranean termites commonly live underground. They build their big nest in the soil and about more than two million members of Subterranean termites.

They connect their nest to access the house by tunneling in the tree and timbers. This species is known as one of the most destructive termites which mostly can be found in U.S.

Formosan termites

Formosan termites are the most aggressive and greedy species of about 2.000 termite species indicated.

They are usually found in Hawaii, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina and California.

People consider that this species are hard to control and need to special treatment to control. They usually build their nest inside the walls and organize a large colonies underground.

Dampwood termites

Dampwood termites, as their name implies, they prefer to build the nest in damp wood which has high moisture content.

They are included the families of Kalotermitidae and Hodotermitidae which usually can be found in in Pacific coastal and adjacent states, the desert or semi-arid southwest, and southern Florida.  

Drywood termites

Drywood termites usually prefer to live and build their nest in the roof and wooden wall. They are liable for most damages in wooden property at house.

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Actually Drywood termites dislike to live in wood which has high moisture content, but they can survive to live in place where near source of water.

They commonly can be found from North Carolina through the Gulf Coast and into the coastal areas of California, in Southern tier states

Conehead termites

Conehead termites are first presented in 2001 to United State. They genuinely named tree termites which then are changed as Conehead termites to clarify that they are not only found living on the tree.

Mostly all species of termites prefer to tunnel underground, but Conehead termites do not. They usually forage above the ground such as the ants.

Conehead termites are believed as aggressive termites that cause a large damage of home wooden property rapidly.

How to identify the signs of termites infestation?

The number evidences of termites infestation are possible to be found around home. Here the signs of termites infestation that might be found on your home:

Wood damage

Termites usually break wooden property on the inside, behind, and below its surface such as wooden floor and walls.

Actually they are in search of wood cellulose by making structural damage on wooden property.

They are responsible on broken home property. The kinds of sign of termites damaged are holes and porous wooden property


The size of termites wings are nearly the same with ant wings. Commonly termites will detach their wings when they find the appropriate place for nets.

They consider that they don’t require their wings while they stay on the right place of wood.

Mud Tubes

Termites need certain of temperature to live. They make mud-tube or tunnel to control the temperature.

Mud-tube can be seen on the ground where near to house. Termites will crawl out when their mud tubes are broken.

Excrement of termites

The excrement of termites are usually dark brown pellet such wood color. the dropping will be found in the place where are near from the nest of termites.

So if you find them on your house wooden property, it might indicated that termites infestation stay in your house.

What is damage caused by termites?

Although termites are small pets, but they are included of most destroyed pets. They lead several damage that are caused suffering people. Mostly termites search of cellulose source to feed.

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So it is possible to destroy wooden property at home such wooden roof, walls, floors, cabinet, and something else.

Generally the termites are responsible of damages on wooden property and make them hole and porous.

How to prevent termites population in our home?

If you don’t get any signs of termites infestation, it might no termites live in your home.

But however you still need to prevent termites population destroy your wooden property. There are some tips to prevent of termites infestation:

Keep home dry

Termites generally prefer to live in the place where are damp and source of water. They require water to safe tjeir live. So make sure that you keep your wooden property dry and clean.

Coating wooden property with pest repellent

Pets repellents are consist of chemical agent that can remove and even kill termites. Coating wooden property with pets repellent are one of the good ways to prevent they come and destroy our wooden property.

Use less wooden property in your home

The naturally the feed of termites are cellulose of wood structure. preventing of termites destroy are using less wooden property. It might help you do not be confuse of termites attack home properties.

Sealing some cracks in home

When you are found of crack or hole in your home, you immediately should to seal some of them. Because the termites are possible reused their house to came and live in.

How to get rid of termites?

If you surely find the sign of termites infestation in your home, so you have to rid of them rapidly. Some common tips to rid of termites out from yor house:

Chemical treatment

The chemical are usually effective to kill the colonies of termites rapidly, but you should to be careful of using this treatment because it can be harmful for human.

There are several chemical products that can be used such as Permethrin Dust and Arsenic Dust.

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Cardboard trap

As we know that termites like to feed cellulose, so that we can use cardboard as a trap. Use double strip of cardboards and spread them with water till wet.

Place those traps in the area where termites prefer to. Let termites infested and eat the cardboard trap and then replace them to other areas and burn.


Termites naturally would not survive in low temperature about 20 F. take liquid nitrogen to set down temperature


Another way to rid of termites is flooding the mud tubes of termites. You need to break their mud tube and pour it with water.


This method is adapted by dehydration concept. Make a solution which contains of salt and water in equal measurement, and spray it into the area where termites like with. When termites touch on the solution, they will dehydrate.

How to kill certain species of termites?

There are numbers of termites species and part of them require different treatment to control. Here some method to control the different species of termites.

Drywood Termites

  • Electrocution, is considered to one of the most effective method to exterminate Drywood Termites. It might be better if you make hole at the area they prefer to.
  • Orange oil, is believed to destroy the cell membrane of termites, then perfectly dead.
  • Sunlight, naturally termites prefer to live in the dark. So if you find your wooden property destroy, just take them out to get shining sun. although use this method require longer period, but It need no cost.

Subterranean Termites

  • Boric acid: use this acid by spraying out to the termites areas. But this chemical product is toxic when it inhaled
  • Nematodes: This chemical product will kill termites about 48 hours. Nematodes is known not only killing pets, but also kill plant, dan human. So be careful after using this chemical we have to store it in a refrigerator quickly.
  • Bug bombs: this is one of liquid insecticide product. It is used by spraying out and effective to kill termites in direct contact. This chemical may be dangerous, make sure to use the mask when you in contact

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