How much wood can a colony of termites eat in one day?
Well, there are too many variables, including temperature, moisture content, and location, that must be considered to give an accurate answer. But the consensus is that 60,000 workers can consume approximately 1/5 ounce of wood each day.
That translates into 22 linear feet of a 2 x 4 stud in one year.
Let’s take a closer look.
In order to effectively get rid of termites naturally, you need to approach the situation and its unique variables.
For example, how you approach a termite problem in an apartment is much different from a termite problem in a house. Consider how natural you want to be as you attempt to get rid of termites. This will help provide a specific boundary to which products you should stay away from.
Next up, you have to keep perspective of just how bad the termite problem might be.
Regardless of how much wood they consume, your first thought upon discovering that they have invaded your house is how to get rid of them. But before you do that, you must find them. Here are some signs to look for:
– Discarded wings
– Hollow-sounding wood
Termites are either dry wood or subterranean. Dry wood termites are usually found in houses.
They don’t live in the ground or maintain contact with the soil.
They do not build mud tubes.
Subterranean termites, on the other hand, live underground and love moist trees. They are a severe threat to timber, causing millions of dollars of damage throughout the areas where they are located. More than 1 in 5 homes in the high-activity areas will be affected by them.
Before you seek professional help to rid your home of these voracious little insects, there are some natural remedies that you can try.
Keep in mind that eliminating termites the natural way is not a one-day job; you need to be patient and persistent. Try some of these methods that follow, and you might just rid yourself of these destructive pests permanently.
In laboratory experiments, Orange Oil Extract killed 96% and 68% of the termites that were treated with it. It’s affordable, safe, and efficient. Just mix a few drops of it with water and spray the affected areas. To kill the subterranean variety, drill holes and inject the orange oil.
A word of caution: Even though the oil is extracted from the orange peel, it should not be consumed.
Borax shuts down the termites’ nervous system. And it usually does it quickly and permanently.
Dissolve one teaspoon of borax powder in eight ounces of hot water. Spray the solution on the infected area for best results. It can kill subterranean or dry wood termites. You can also spray a borax solution onto wood surfaces from time to time to deter termites and prevent an infestation.
Spray water onto a corrugated cardboard box and place it near the infested area.
Using cardboard traps is considered one of the most natural and non-toxic ways of eliminating termites. They are effective because the cellulose in the cardboard attracts female termites. It gives off a woody smell that’s irresistible to them.
Lightly spraying the cardboard with a small amount of water serves to make the smell more powerful. The termites will gather on top of it, after which they can be collected and disposed of by burning.
White vinegar, standard in most kitchens, can also be used to destroy termite colonies.
Spray some white vinegar, either in its pure form or diluted 50/50 with water, on the termite nest. It’s an effective way to destroy an active colony permanently. Repeated applications also can be effective in preventing infestations and stopping others in their early stages.
Termites thrive in a warm and humid climate. They can’t survive extreme hot or cold–temperatures of 120 degrees or above and -20 degrees or below. Place any infested piece of furniture or wood under the heat of the sun. The termites will flee for shade. Similarly, you can clean the wood with coldwater, and they’ll make a quick exit.
For dry wood termite infestations, you can still use hot and cold treatments. Air heated to more than 120 degrees can be forced into the infested structure and kept at the high temperature for 35 minutes to kill the colony.
You can also use liquid nitrogen to freeze the termites. Special equipment is available to help inject the nitrogen into pre-drilled holes. The temperature of wood is then maintained at -29 degrees C for 5 minutes
Pour the oil in a mist sprayer and use it on the infected areas. They both kill termites and prevent future infestation. You can also try a mixture of clove oil and water on the termite colonies.
You may not be familiar with nematodes, but they are microscopic worms. And, they are gaining popularity as a form of organic pest control.
You can buy them online or at garden supply stores. The package contains a sponge-like substance, containing the nematodes, which you squeeze into a bucket of water. This produces a nematode-rich solution that can be sprayed on any affected areas.
The nematodes infect the termites, and they eventually die. Even better, the infected termites carry the nematodes deep into their nests, killing most of the colony.
Learning how to get rid of termite naturally takes time and practice, but one of the most important lessons you can learn, regardless if you’re approaching the situation with a professional pest control provider or naturally, is that prevention is the best treatment.
Keep these tips in mind:
Termites are an essential part of the ecosystem. However, allow them into your house, and they are nothing short of a menace. If their progress remains unimpeded, they can cause damage that will cost you thousands of dollars to repair.
If you become familiar with the natural methods of killing them, you have an arsenal to combat them. You can combine these techniques to maximize their effectiveness without concerning yourself with the effects of potentially harmful chemicals.