Nobody wants to find out that you have termites living in the walls of your home. These small pests eat the wood from the inside out and destroy the structural integrity of your house. Today, our Sacramento pest control experts offer some DIY termite solutions to help you if you suspect that you have a termite problem.

Remember that while these solutions may be effective for smaller, contained infestations, if you suspect that you have termites destroying your home, your best option is to call the professionals at Earthwise Pest Management. We can exterminate termite infestations and help you prevent future ones. Contact us today for an estimate. 

Sodium Borate

Sodium borate, which can be found in borax powder, can be used to kill termites. You can choose to sprinkle the substance around the affected area or mix it with some water and spray it. And as an added bonus, borax also works on ants.

Nematodes

Nematodes are parasitic worms that eat termites. You can order these online and release them into the area where you have noticed or suspect that you have termites. The nematodes will continue to breed and kill off the colony of termites. 

Vinegar

Vinegar can be mixed with lemon juice and used to treat the infected area. Simply pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray the area where you have seen termites. The vinegar will kill the termites on contact but you will have to frequently spray the area to continue to get rid of the infestation. If you leave even one termite behind, it could result in an entirely new nest. 

Orange Oil

Orange oil can also be used in a spray bottle to treat termite infestations. The main ingredient, d-limonene, dissolves the exoskeleton of the termites thus killing them. You will need to treat the area frequently to effectively rid your home of termites. You can also use orange oil in the same manner to prevent termite infestations. 

Wet Cardboard

Cardboard contains cellulose, which is the same substance that attracts termites to wood. If you put out a piece of wet cardboard, you’re providing termites not only with a food source but also water, so they will make their way out of your walls and on to the piece of cardboard. Once you notice that your cardboard has attracted a bunch of termites, you can take it and burn it, killing the termites. This is also another solution that will have to be repeated several times. 

Hire the Sacramento Pest Control Experts

If you suspect that you have a termite infestation, the best way to ensure that it is completely eradicated is by hiring the Sacramento pest control experts from Earthwise Pest Management. While these DIY treatment may be effective on smaller infestations and some are great ways to prevent termites, if you leave behind any of these pests, the infestation will linger and they will continue to reproduce in your walls. Some species have colonies that house as many as a million termites. If you have tried these DIY solutions and still suspect that there may be termites living in your home, contact Earthwise Pest Management today.