Termite attack is the constant nightmare of homeowners who installed laminated flooring, laminated board paneling in the kitchen or wooden cladding in the exterior part of their house. Termites are silent devourer of woods who creates menace in wood decorated house of the homeowners. These insects feast on cellulose based food in the wood. Termites are classified into three categories-
- Subterranean Termites
They live below the ground and reach to your home in search of food through building mud tunnel.
- Dampwood Termites
These insects prefer to live on damp wood or wooden mulch in the soil.
- Drywood Termites
The name implies their quality of living on less moisture. They are normally found on attic.
- Formosan Termites
They are the counterpart of subterranean termites. The only difference is they thrive on heavy moisture.
I know you have ordeal of having nuisance of termites in your home, may it be decorated with wooden boards and ply-woods, that’s why you are reading my blog. Now I will focus on the main topic how to eradicate the termites or terminate the termite colony.
- Orange Oil
Termites produce 2000 eggs per day and make your valuable property a destructive place. Spraying orange oil can do a residual effect on termites, that means it can work only where it is sprayed. Orange oil is an extract of orange peels, containing d-lemonene which kills termites. This chemical component has no effect on human or canines. So it is safe to use. But it only kills drywood termites. It has no effect on subterranean family.
- Neem oil
Neem oil is another natural way to kill termites. It works on drywood trmites. It is safe for children and pets in your home.
- Boric acid
Boric acid contains boron which is found in nature, does less harm to humans and animals. Boric acid destroys the stomach and nervous system of termites. It is effective in killing (all types of termites. Unlike the orange oil, it affects not only the applied area, rather spread . when a termite consumes boric acid from the applied area, it spreads the poison to its colony. It can destroy the colony of termites. But it is not possible in one day, taking time of few weeks to detroy d entire colony.
- Aloe-Vera gel
Alloevera gel has thousands of medicinal use. You will be suprized to know that it is effective in killing termites too.
- Natural petroleum
Putting a petroleum jelly can bring the desired effect.