Without termites, our ecosystem would suffer, unfortunately, we cannot count on them to just stay outside and feed on dead wood, branches, tree stumps, and plant debris. They come inside for more.
If you think you have termites in your home or outside your home, you need to take the necessary steps to rid your property of these destructive insects with DIY termite prevention before they do more damage that can become irreversible. They work quickly and early detection can stop their wrath on your home.
Termites do not discriminate, they will invite themselves into your home whether you invite them or not. You can prevent the unwanted guest with a little work and a keen eye to changes in your home that is caused by termites.
Colonies are everywhere and unless you look carefully, you will never know if you have termites in your yard or home.
The termite works together systematically to build colonies and reproduce as the workers build and feed the colony. The soldiers stand guard for the colony and the king and queen reproductive.
Most termites thrive with humidity and this makes underground termites common in many areas with high humidity.
The nests or mounds are built to maintain a certain temperature to survive and the mounts and underground colonies are built with environmental controls and airflow. Termites do not like light; therefore, they go undetected by homeowners.
Organic matter such as mulch attracts termites and provides a way for termites to travel from one location to the next. Wood mulch is made from many different things including grass clippings, pine chunks, wood shavings and bark to name a few.
This wood retains moisture, which termites thrive on and is usually placed along the foundation of homes. Here come the termites and you gave them a ride right to the door.
If you spot termite activity in your home, it is probably due to accidents more than knowledge. Most of us do not know what we are looking for with termites, and some of us do not even check our homes.
Healthy trees and plants have their own defense against termites, and if scientists would ever find a way to protect our wood structures with the same defenses, we may someday start to win the fight against termites.
One thing out on the market is Blockaid, which causes termites to starve rather than feed on our wood structures. This toxic material, when put on wood, will repel termites because they cannot eat after ingesting this toxin.
Boric acid, although this cheap treatment is considered safe around children, your pets may not have the same fortune.
The diluted boric acid aids in the treatment of ridding your mulch of termites and is a chemical used in insecticides.
Use with caution around pets and other wildlife so you have no additional problems. This is just one of the methods to get rid of termites.
Check monthly and look for signs of termite activity. The basement, attic, and walls along with the outside ground soil and the foundation need to be checked to prevent termite infestations from ruining your home and costing you money to repair their destruction.