Once termites are in your home, they will chew through the wood and other organic matter they find there 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They never stop. Even if the damage they cause is slow going (tiny mouths and all), they will cause major damage over time. You will end up paying thousands of dollars in repairs if you don’t catch the problem early (as well as thousands in termite pest control).
You can use some natural termite treatments in north Phoenix to get rid of termites when only a small number have penetrated your walls. These natural methods can all prevent new termites from taking up residence, so you can use them even if you don’t see any signs of current termite infestation.
Here are four natural termite treatment methods you can try to protect your Arizona home or business:
Nematodes are parasitic worms that love to dine on termites. You can release them into a colony so that the worms can chew up the termites that are chewing up your home. You can typically find nematodes at local pet stores or chemical supply stores that would sell termite solutions. Many online stores also sell nematodes, which allows you to shop around to get the best price.
Nematodes can tackle your termite problem without introducing another pest problem to your home and without presenting other safety issues. The chemicals used to treat termites can be harmful to your family and pets, so many people have concerns about using them.
Termites are like little vampires. They actively avoid the sunlight. In fact, exposure to direct sunlight can kill them. If you find a termite nest near your home, you can bust it open to expose the pests to the sun. You can also carry logs, furniture, or other infested items into an area of your yard that gets direct sunlight, thereby killing the termites and preventing their spread into your home.
If you find termites already in your home, you can’t exactly cut out the wall and haul it into the middle of your yard. But you can rent or buy UV lamps that have the same effect as the sun’s rays and shine the lamps toward the infestation. If the termites go deeper into the home, you may not be able to reach them all, so sunlight can’t be an effective solution for total eradication in some cases.
Every creature has natural enemies and poisons that will bring it down. For the termite, one of them is orange oil, which contains d-limonene. This compound kills termites as soon as it touches them, making it a very effective north Phoenix termite control treatment. Just apply the orange oil directly to the termites and the affected area. You will have the most success on dry wood termites.
You can also use neem oil to treat termites. You have to apply the oil to the affected area and then wait for the termites to chew up the wood with the oil on it. Once the termites eat the oil, they are poisoned to death. You will likely have to apply neem oil a few times to get rid of all the termites.
Borax powder, or sodium borate, can kill termites naturally. You just sprinkle the powder on the termites and the affected area, or you make a solution of the powder and water to spray or paint on affected areas.
You can also paint the solution on surfaces as a termite repellant. Doing so is especially effective for new construction since it gives your home a good base of protection. You can also apply it to DIY projects such as furniture or shelves you build yourself.
DIY treatments are not guaranteed to get results, and they should not be considered your sole solution for termite control. Because termites are small and can burrow far and wide, they can quickly get into the heart of your home and be very difficult to find or to reach with natural treatments. It is important that you call a Phoenix termite exterminator for expansive treatment to ensure the problem is completely eradicated. But you can use natural DIY treatments to keep your termite population at a controllable level.
Varsity Termite and Pest Control can develop a termite control plan to protect your Arizona home. If you are concerned about the chemicals used in termite control treatment, our exterminators will review options with you to find treatment solutions that minimize the spread of chemicals in your home. They will also discuss ways with you to keep termites away from your home, such as by limiting moisture and keeping brush away from your property. Call us today to learn why we are the go-to termite company in Arizona. Schedule an inspection in north Phoenix or learn more about your termite pest control options.
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