Alternative Treatments

Alternative Treatments for Subterranean Termites 

Professional extermination is required to eradicate an existing termite infestation. Period.

Still homeowners sometimes look for alternative treatments. In most cases due to the size of the colony in many cases or difficulty in addressing all of their entry points into the home these treatments are not effective in dealing with an active termite infestation .

subterranean termitesHaving said that, there are a number of customer actions that can be administered before or in conjunction with professional methods.

One option is prevention for termite control. For instance when building a new home, pretreating the ground before the foundation is put down will help reduce termite problems in the future.

Controlling moisture within a home can also reduce the likelihood of infestation.

Traps have been used for confirming suspected infestations and in identifying high-activity areas.

Baits can be used with slow-acting insecticides or growth inhibitors which, when brought back to the termite nest, act to kill colonies.

The problem here is that these treatments are long-term solutions that take time to control a colony and need to be constantly monitored.

Exposing the Area to Sunlight

Subterranean Termites like things cool and dark and are extremely susceptible to sunlight. They don’t like it one bitty bit and actually die off when they they’re exposed to it.

Clearing out any covering vegetation around areas where a subterranean colony has taken up residence is good 1st step. If you really want to rock they’re world dig up the targeted section and expose the termites directly to sunlight.

Keep Things Dry

As much as they hate sunlight termites love moisture. They thrive and multiply in areas that are rich in it. With this in mind,  ensure that the interior your rooms or building is kept dry and that any damp areas are repaired. Inspect around the outside of the building and check for water pools or water leakages in contact with the foundation. Get rid of them.

Using Borates

Bora-Care is a borate-based termiticide that is applied directly to the structure during new construction. The active ingredient in the product is boron, a natural mineral salt which does not break down over time, providing a green and sustainable treatment and reducing the need for soil termiticides. (PRNewsFoto/Nisus Corporation)

When inquiring about how to kill termites naturally, a common solution we are familiar with is the use of borax powder.

Using sodium borate, also called borax, is another way to remove termites in a natural way. Subterranean termites can be killed by using a solution of sodium borate or by applying sodium borate powder to the targeted area.

An advantage of using borates, as with most natural-ways of eliminating termite pests, is that it is non-toxic to both humans and pets.

Administering a borate solution onto wood surfaces of newly constructed buildings can prevent future infestations of termites from occurring.

The problem is that it can be difficult to determine whether the borate powder is successfully infiltrating the entire colony. Spraying the colony with a liquid solution offers the best coverage. Another issue is repeat applications of the borate treatments are needed to ensure that the entire colony is exterminated. However, this procedure has a high rate of failure.

The best way to eliminate a Subterranean Termite infestation is to introduce Termidor (Fipronil) to the colony. Once this virus is picked up by the workers it is spread throughout the nest by the termites themselves and the entire colony is a eradicated in 7 to 10 days. This method is a little more costly than most, but it’s a guaranteed solution.

This is the only method The Termite Inspector Co. uses and comes with a 2 year warranty, the best in the business.

Alternative Treatments for Dry wood Termites 

Using Heat and Cold Treatments

For dry wood termite infestations, it is possible to find a solution using heat and cold treatments. In order to prepare for a heat treatment, you must first remove certain items from the building. This is because, during a heat treatment, a forced, heated air flow is pushed into a sealed structure with temperatures of up to 140 degrees.

The treated area has to reach a temperature of 120 degrees for thirty five minutes in order to successfully kill the colony. When cold treatments are used, an extremely cold temperature of 15 degrees must be maintained for four days to be effective. Both these treatments are both costly and time consuming.

Orange Oil

By for the cheapest of all treatments. First, it is a byproduct of waste material (orange peels). It is the citric acid liquid squeezed from the peel. It will kill termites on contract, but not deep in the structure. This is because the termites retreat from the toxic odor and fumes. It is also very dangerous being highly flammable and can ignite at 123 degrees. You don’t want somebody injecting lighter fluid into the walls of your home. Period.

The only product that The Termite Inspector Co uses as an alternative, and by no means instead of fumigation is again, Termidor (Fipronil). This virus controls Dry wood Termites better than any other product on the market and The Termite Inspector Co. has the warranty to back that up. The Best in the Business.