Termites are something that is universal. Nearly everyone faces them. They are commonly found in big colonies lurking in your exotic wooden doors, windows, dining tables, racks and even the wooden flooring. These termites love to feed on dead plant materials and unluckily we human beings use such materials for furnishing our living places.
Causes of Termites
Identifying the cause of termites is the first step towards applying any home remedies. Once you know the actual cause of their infestation, you can easily target that area and get rid of them forever. Some of the most common causes include:
- Using Scrap wood.
- Piling of too much mulch.
- Not enough sunlight in the house.
- Big Cracks and hollow in between the stairs.
- Warm weather, humidity and damp walls.
- Damp drainage pipes & clogged gutters can also lead to termite colonies at home.
Good! Now you have identified the cause, let’s explore some proven methods to get rid of these fucking termites (yeah my emotion filled comment right there).
Home Remedies for Termites
1: Exposure to Sunlight
The first remedy on which I would lay stress is exposure to sunlight. Because these teensy termites are very susceptible to sunlight and die. For the first time, I’m thankful to the sun’s harsh UV rays for helping me.
Simply take the infested furniture and put it under direct sunlight for at least 3-5 days to ensure that every last termite has been delivered to rot in hell.
2: Orange Oil
Orange oil extract has been found to kill termites and inhibit their growth. This extract consists of 92% d-limonene which is a toxic ingredient for insects. This remedy is perfect for areas where sunlight can’t reach.
Buy orange oil extract from the market. Now drill small holes in places infested by termites. Finally, take an injection needle, fill it with orange oil extract and inject it into the holes. In less than a week, there won’t be another line of termites. Continue to inject the area for 3-5 days as their inhibition can take as much as 3 weeks.
3: Wet Cardboard Trap
A complete nontoxic way of trapping those termites and getting rid of them. Cardboard contains cellulose and termites love it to death. Also, if you smell a cardboard, it feels woody and termites can’t resist it.
To create a trap, take an average size cardboard box, flatten it and wet it thoroughly. Now place it near the infested area and let it be there for a couple of days. You can spray water on it after a few hours. After three days, you’ll see the termites colonising and feeding on the cardboard. That’s it, you’ve trapped them. Grab the box, carefully take it out of your home without rumbling and burn it. Repeat the process till there are no termites left.
Electrocution is considered as one of the most effective and permanent remedies to get rid of termites. There are multiple products in the market which you can use to electrocute these termites.
What it does is passes a high voltage of electric current on the infested area and kills every termite within a second or two. However, this process involves risk of an electric shock. Wear safety gloves and shock absorbing boots before you execute the process. It’s better to find an expert to do the job for you.