Unless you are safely ensconced in the chilly northern land of Alaska, chances are you all face a termite problem at some point in your life. They are expensive nuisances that can be terribly difficult to eradicate if you do not know what you are doing. Even then, can raise their ugly little heads when you least expect it. How to kill termites is an age-old question and companies that have produced excellent results are highly regarded.
There is a cute little story about a woman who phones a pest control company and asks for the manager so he can tell her how to kill termites. Step on them! came the reply. If only it were that easy. Sure, they could very simply be eradicated under a nice big boot but these hungry bugs are happiest when they are out of sight, in dark nooks and crannies where they can safely chew away at your homes wooden structure.
Finding evidence of termites is the first in a series of strategies involved in killing them off. They also need to be identified, their colonies located and the most appropriate method determined. If one link in this strategic chain is left out, success will be minimal. One type of termite will scoff at a treatment meant for another.
Three Kinds of Termites
Termites can be divided into three categories according to their colonies’ primary location. There are dampwood, drywood and subterranean termites and since they all behave differently and have different physiologies, they need to be treated accordingly. Learning how to kill termites involves a good deal of science, particularly biology.
For subterranean species, baiting or a pesticide barrier will be the best courses of action. It is also necessary to locate and eliminate any moisture sources above the ground to avoid the establishment and ongoing existence of secondary colonies. These will need to be treated with the injection of termiticides into any infested wood in the building.
If the problem is dampwood termites, then obviously some form of moisture elimination will be involved. To work out how to kill termites that thrive in a damp environment, it is logical that the remedy will include drying out the wood or removing the cause of the dampness. Any termite infested wood will have to be treated with a surface termiticide treatment or by injection and if it is beyond repair, will have to be replaced.
How to kill termites that inhabit drywood is all about fumigation of the entire structure or at least, the wood that is infested. Fumigation reaches hard to access areas and gets into tiny areas that would be impossible for other methods. Local termiticide treatments may also be employed but if the wood is painted, the results will be far less satisfactory.
When homeowners, fed up with the reappearance of termites, even after professionals have done their best, look for answers about how to kill termites, they commonly come across Sodium Borate. Suitable for subterranean species, this has been a popular choice since a couple of decades ago.
A form of boric acid, though less refined, Sodium Borate’s function is to kill the bacterial protozoa in the intestinal gut of the termites and thereby render their digestion impossible. The termite essentially starves to death. Sodium Borate is mixed with water and then applied liberally with a paintbrush, roller or hand sprayer to wall studs, joists and other wooden structural elements. It offers years of protection and is surprisingly inexpensive.
Before you ask at a hardware or other home handyman outlet how to kill termites, be prepared with all the information you can and you should receive the right answers that will help you buy and use the appropriate treatment method for your particular termite problem.
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