How to Kill Termites in the Home

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Termite infestations can be an expensive and dangerous problem and they are also a very common one in terms of household pests. They are insects that eat wood and paper and can cause large amounts of structural damage to a building. Due to the need for specialized equipment and expertise, treating a termite infestation can be extremely difficult, and if you are unsure about how to go about dealing with the situation, the best option is always to contact a professional.

Things You'll Need

  • Specialized termiticide chemicals
  • Termite detector station
  • Specialized toxic substance
  • Identify what species of termite your house is infected with. The most common type of termite is the subterranean termite, which have black bodies and white wings. The drywood termite can also infest a house, and they are identified by a red body. Since each type of termite requires a separate kind of treatment, identifying which is vital.

  • Apply a liquid chemical barrier around your house that will either kill or repel termites entering or leaving. One such chemical is Premise 2 and it can be purchased on pest control websites. Follow the instructions on the chemical label as closely as possible when applying the chemical barrier.

  • Apply a termite detector station near the colony which will be used by the termites as a food source that can be monitored. Once the feeding cycle with the colony has been established on the detector station, place a specialized toxic substance near or inside the detector station. This will kill off all the worker termites and cause the colony to starve and die out. The detector station and specialized toxic substances can also be purchased on pest control websites.

Tips & Warnings

  • The best way to deal with a termite infestation is to contact professional pest control.

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