Do not be fooled be termites. Although they are small and delicate looking, they are strong enough to eat their way through your home. This can be dangerous as they can start to effect the structural integrity of your home. These small creatures can cause you thousands of dollars in damage. In fact, it is estimated that there is around 5 billion dollars' worth of property damage each year thanks to termites.
It is very important to get rid of them and prevent these insects from ever getting into your home so they cannot do any damage.
1. Get Rid of Termites. The first thing that needs to be done is to get rid of the termites. Of course, the best option is to hire a professional that can come in and find all of the termites and get rid of them in a safe manner. If this is not an option for you, you may consider getting rid of the termites by yourself.
a. Boric Acid. You can use boric acid and propylene glycol to make a paste that can be applied to the areas where the termites are attacking. This can also be put into the termite mounds. This will kill termites it comes in contact with.
b. Bait. There are a variety of different bait systems. These are designed to attract the termites who will then take the bait back to the colony and specifically back to the queen.
2. Prevent Termites.
a. Keep Wood High. When wood is next to the ground and soil, it is easier for termites to invade your home. You will want to make sure that the wooden parts of your foundations are off the ground. You will want to make sure that dead trees, wood and mulch are not right next to the home's foundation.
b. Keep Dry. Another thing that attracts termites is damp areas. An attic or crawlspace that does not have good ventilation, or other areas that are consistently damp will attract termites and they will begin to attack the wooden areas. By keeping these areas dry, you will better deter the termites.
These are just a few of the ways that you can kill the termites and prevent more termites from coming into you home and damaging it. A good exterminator will also be able to help kill the termites and prevent them by putting down a termite barrier or other preventative measures. Contact a company like B & W Pest Control for more information.