Sprinkle the sodium borate over the carpeting. Do not hold back; sprinkle it liberally. By the time you are through sprinkling, a thin layer of sodium borate should be visible on the carpet surface.
Wait a minimum of five days before vacuuming. It may seem like a long time, but the sodium borate needs time to work its magic. Once the termites begin eating the sodium borate, they usually die within a five-day window, so be patient.
Vacuum the carpeting after the five-day waiting period. As you vacuum, you will be sucking up the sodium borate and the dead termites. Since there is a chance that some termites may be alive, throw the vacuum bag in a plastic garbage bag immediately after vacuuming, and seal it tightly. Dispose of the bag in an outside trash can.
Things You Will Need
- Sodium borate
- Garbage bag
- Outside trash can
- Over the course of five days, the sodium borate will work its way into the carpet, rendering itself practically invisible. Sodium borate is not toxic to humans or pets.