Termites can damage anything that is made of wood in your home. However, before you call in a pest control company, you may want to try a few natural and non-toxic solutions for getting rid of these pests. Here are four solutions that may help you.
Use A Cardboard Trap
Cardboard traps are one of the most effective ways to get rid of termites. Cardboard contains cellulose and gives off much of the same smell as wood. Dampening the cardboard increases the woody aroma coming from it. You can place the dampened cardboard in an area where the termites congregate. Once they gather on it you can then take up the cardboard and burn it.
Termites tend to die when they are exposed to sunlight. If you suspect that termites have gotten into your furniture, then you can place these pieces into the sunlight. Put the furniture in the sunlight during the hottest part of the day. Do this daily until all the termites have been destroyed.
Use Sodium Borate
Sodium borate is not toxic to animals or pets but it is toxic to termites, and this makes it a great choice for killing them. To use sodium borate effectively, you should spray it on the affected areas. You may also paint it on the areas where there are termite colonies. Spraying or painting sodium borate on the affected areas once is usually not enough. However, it is best to repeat the treatment at least three times for good measure.
Use Vinegar And Lemon
A vinegar and lemon solution can get rid of termites quickly and naturally. You will need a half a cup of vinegar, two lemons, a small container, and a spray bottle. Here is how you should go about preparing and using the mixture:
- Cut the lemons into halves.
- Squeeze out the juice into the small container.
- Pour half a cup of vinegar into the spray bottle.
- Add the juice of the lemons to the vinegar in the spray bottle.
- Close the lid and shake the mixture.
Spray the mixture into holes that you suspect that the termites are using and onto any termite mounds you see. You can also take preventative action by spraying surfaces that you think termites may crawl onto and try to eat into. Wait at least two days to see how effective the treatment is, after which you can repeat the treatment if necessary for as long as it takes to get rid of the termites.
Termites can cause a lot of damage in your home. However, it is always best to call in a professional after trying non-toxic solutions to make sure that the problem is truly eliminated.