The Best Do it Yourself Termite Control

Termites are social creatures that live in colonies that can have millions of the insects.

Termite infestations are a homeowners worst nightmare.Termite infestations are a homeowners worst nightmare.
Most termites are workers, but some are soldiers, responsible for defense of the colony. A queen termite is the largest of the group. When she dies, another reproductive-ready female takes her place. Treating the home and controlling termites is a process that can be complicated. Once you eradicate the population, you need to follow through to make sure the termites do not return. The best method for preventing termite infestation is to treat the area with pesticides and termite baits. Treatments last five years but you should have a thorough inspection at least every two years.

Determine the type of termites you are dealing with if there is an infestation. This is important because the method of eradication is different for each. Ninety percent of the termite problems come from subterranean termites. High humidity areas will usually have drywood termites. Subterranean termites will have shelter tubes that they travel through.

Buy the chemicals that you need to deal with the type of termites you have. If there is no existing infestation and you are only working to prevent infestation, treat for both types. Buy the baits to maintain long-term care.

Repair all existing leaks on the exterior of the house including dripping faucets and clogged rain gutters. Repair any grading problems around the house that result in puddles around the foundation or slab.

Remove any stacks of wood from around the house such as firewood, lumber, etc. Inspect the vents around the foundation of the house. Remove the vents with a screwdriver and cover them with insect screen.

Spray the areas with the termite insecticide thoroughly. Seal the house and any cracking around the foundation and other areas with caulk once the treatment is dry. Place the baits around the foundation of the house. Follow up periodically and make sure the bait stations have pesticide in them.

Things You Will Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Ladder
  • Caulking gun
  • Caulk
  • Termite pesticide
  • Termite bait stations

Tip

  • If there is existing damage from a termite infestation, you might want to consider contacting a professional.

Warning

  • Handle pesticides carefully and wash your hands thoroughly when you are through with the treatment. Keep pesticides out of reach of children.

About the Author

John Rose has been writing professionally since 1981. Now contributing to various online publications, he specializes in auto repair, home maintenance and similar topics. Rose studied English at Frostburg State University.