3 Eco-Friendly Solutions to Save Your Home From Termites

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First thing’s first: Hire a professional. When faced with pests, many people tend to try and resolve the problem on their own. And while this may work with certain types of pests, the termite is not to be trifled with. Termites may be the most difficult pest to eradicate, therefore it’s important to fight them with someone who knows what they’re up against. The worst thing that can happen if you mismanage a war against roaches is you will end up with more roaches. Termites, on the other hand, threaten the very foundation of your home. Mismanaging a termite infestation could mean astronomical amounts of money dedicated to repairing your house.

Since termites are so difficult to eradicate, many pest control experts opt to use dangerous chemicals in pursuit of these pesky critters. This can pose a significant risk to your children and pets, whom you cherish.

Termites can live in your home for an extended period of time without being detected. They can cause significant structural damage to your home before you even know they are there. The first step to nipping these critters in the bud is the ability to identify the problem. Even if you don’t have termites, always keep an eye out for these signs: Peeling paint, tiny holes in the wall, sagging floors, jammed doors and windows, falling branches from trees in your yard and mud tubes near your foundation to name a few.

Our purpose in this article is to outline the 3 best eco-friendly solutions for completely removing termites from your home. And for heaven’s sake, hire a professional!

1. Liquid Nitrogen
One of the leading eco-friendly solutions for removing termites is using liquid nitrogen. What’s great about this method is it only takes a few hours, which limits the disruption to your daily life. A pump is used to penetrate the affected areas with liquid nitrogen. Termites will die once the affected area hits 20 below.

2. Heat treatment
Using high temperatures is far more effective than chemicals for termites because it’s hard to penetrate the depths which termites infest with chemicals alone. An added bonus is that treating your house with high temperatures will not only kill termites, it will kill any pest present in your home. With this type of treatment, a technician heats your house up to 120 degrees. Nothing would survive that!

3. Baiting
While heat and liquid nitrogen are relatively novel strategies for killing termites, baiting is the technique that pest control experts traditionally use. Termite baits are generally made from paper and cardboard. They are treated with a poison only harmful to termites. The trick is competing with the other wood present, but what’s great about it is that no poison is directly applied to your home.

Remember, always keep wood as far away from your home as possible. This can spare the headache of having to deal with this issue in the first place. But once you’re in it, you’re in it. Use one of the 3 methods outlined and don’t drag your feet. The quicker you get it done, the less it will cost.

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2 comments on “3 Eco-Friendly Solutions to Save Your Home From Termites”

  1. Dan says:

    Heat house to 120.. How do you do that

    1. Eve says:

      Dan, once your home has been prepared, your termite specialist will use special heaters to blow hot air throughout your home. For effective drywood termite control, heat must raise air temperatures to between 120 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures inside the wood – where the drywood termites live – must reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 35 minutes to kill the termites.

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