10 Easy Termite Control Natural Methods You Can Try at Home

Within your household, nothing is more stressful than dealing with a termite infestation. As days go by, these tiny insects continue to eat your house away. Worse, they are reproducing in numbers enough to build a massive colony in your property. Even if this is the case, many homeowners prefer non-invasive methods to get rid of the pests. This is where termite control natural methods come in.

Natural termite eradication methods don’t require you to vacate your home. Also, it’s safer than termiticides, which may expose your family to harmful fumes. However, you should also note that the natural methods we listed here are ideal for small infestations only. If you suspect that your property is home to a large colony, it’s best to call a professional exterminator to assess the problem.

But if you want to take matters in your own hands, the following are the easiest methods you can try to control the termite population:

1.      Borax

Borax or boric acid is a natural substance that came from the element Boron. It usually comes in an odorless, crystal powder form which can be bought from most home supplies stores.

Borax isn’t just potent in cleaning, but also powerful in eradicating a termite infestation. This substance works upon contact with the mites, targeting their digestion and causing their death.

However, you should note that borax is a fast-acting substance which makes it unlikely to kill a colony by passing on the particles from one termite to another. Also, it requires precise application so more termites will be exposed and killed.

Moreover, borax is relatively safe to use indoors and outdoors. In fact, many household cleaning products contain borax as an ingredient. If you’re renovating your home or building a new house, a borate solution-treated wood will decrease the likelihood of a termite infestation.

In addition, you should know that borax has reduced efficacy if applied on the soil since it can be washed out by rain.

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2.      Diatomaceous Earth

If you’re looking for a non-invasive solution that can kill a whole colony in silence, you’ll never go wrong with diatomaceous earth. Also known as DE, diatomaceous earth is a widely used pest killer in many households.

Moreover, DE is a slow-acting substance. It usually comes in powder form and should be applied as such and in a dry spot. Whenever a termite gets exposed to it, the powder will stick to their bodies which they will spread into their colony.

In average, it will take 10 days before DE actively kills the termites exposed to it. By this time, the powder has spread on a massive scale all over the colony.

So how does DE perform its kill? Well, if you put DE under a microscope, you’ll see sharp shard-like particles. This will damage the exoskeleton of termites, which will lead to their death.

However, before you apply DE, you should keep the following points in mind

*Always apply it dry – moist or wet DE will not work its magic on termites. It’s always best to sprinkle it on dry areas, most likely indoors.

*Use food-grade DE – Food-grade DE is safe since it can be ingested without causing health problems. Never use industrial-grade DE as this is less refined and may trigger health problems within your household

*Never inhale it – Even if you’re using food-grade DE, it’s never a good idea to inhale it. Always wear protective gears like masks to avoid sniffing the substance.

3.      Vinegar

Dubbed as the liquid gold of pest control, vinegar has proven its prowess in the kitchen and various pest control methods. The drill is easy; just mix it with some water, shake, and spray it on the affected area daily.

The acidity of the vinegar will kill the termites upon contact. But just like boric acid, it could be challenging to get as many termites as possible to be exposed to it.

Aside from its termite-killing properties, vinegar is also an excellent home cleaner. Although it smells sour at first, enough ventilation will wash away the smell. Your home will be left odor-free, not to mention the antibacterial properties of vinegar.

In addition, you can also mix lemon juice into the vinegar spray to increase its termite-killing effect. Also, you should re-apply it just the same to sustain its effect.

Anyway, we just want to warn about the possible effect of vinegar on furnished pieces of furniture. Those with varnish may sustain white spots as the vinegar reacts with the finish.

4.      Soap and water

If you don’t want the fuss of mixing things, you only need soap and water to address the matter. Soap is a natural termite killer that’s been in use for years. However, you should note that soapy water is only effective to some extent.

So how does soap kills the pests? Well, the process is the same with bugs and tiny critters. Once the termite got exposed to the soapy water, it will cover their bodies. It will suffocate and dehydrate them, which will lead to their deaths.

Also, this method is very economical since you have all the materials right in your kitchen. You just need a spray bottle, about 6 tablespoons of dish soap, and 8 cups of water. Shake this and voila! You already have a homemade termite spray.

However, just like vinegar and other termite control natural methods, you have to re-apply this religiously if you want to see results. Also, if your home is pestered with a large colony of mites, soap might not be enough to eradicate it.

5.      Orange oil

Here’s one potent solution: orange oil. Many homeowners who are dealing with intense infestations use orange oil on their DIY pest control efforts.

Orange oil is an extract from the rind or peels of oranges. As an essential oil, it’s used for a variety of purposes, usually for skin and beauty products. However, you should remember that pure orange oil is very potent. You should never apply it directly on your skin or spray it around your home without proper protective gears.

The D-limonene content of orange oil kills termites upon contact. Since it’s highly acidic, no termite will survive once it gets exposed to the orange oil.

However, orange oil is combustible, so you need extra care in the application and storage of this substance.

After the initial application of orange oil, you need to re-apply it after several days to continue the killing spree on termites.

As much as possible, never spritz the oil. We recommend applying it on a rag and wiping it into the surfaces that need treatment. For this purpose, you should also wear a pair of gloves to avoid the oil from seeping into your palms. 

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6.      Introducing nematodes

Nematodes are one of the termite control natural methods used not just by homeowners, but also of pest control experts.

Beneficial nematodes are ringworms deployed into the infested area to feed on the mites. Once they access the termites, they will enter the pest’s body either through its mouth, skin, or anus. After that, the nematodes will start to feed on the pests’ body. In the same process, the nematodes release gut bacteria that will poison the termites.

Moreover, the nematodes will start killing the termites within 24 to 48 hours. Still, re-application is necessary so the nematodes can get used to their new environment. Also, applying nematodes are easy: just dilute them in water and spray it everywhere.

Also, before the application, you should keep the following points in mind:

*Nematodes are afraid of the light. With this, you need to apply them at night, dawn, or dusk
*They can die quickly. Nematodes only live for about two weeks, so you have to place the container on the fridge (not the freezer) to keep them alive.
*Purchase the nematodes from reputable sources to ensure that it will be alive upon your purchase.

Take note that dead nematodes have a fishy smell on it. So if yours already has such smell, it means that the nematodes are already decomposing.

7.      Canola oil trap

The canola oil trap is a basic method that you can try for small infestations. The idea behind this is easy: just wipe canola oil on the affected area and wait for the termites. When the termites walk into it, the canola oil will slather into their bodies and suffocate them.

Take note that this trick will only work if the termites happen to get out of the wood. This is challenging, especially if your home is infested with Subterranean termites.

Anyway, the canola oil trap is safe to use indoors. However, you have to apply the oil in moderation to prevent surfaces from being too oily.

8.      Neem oil

Neem oil is a powerful termite killer, plus it’s 100{760fa5fe69264f9efb02d8b9e11421e4d46635a96414139e1b83337fc8d2242a} natural. Like orange oil, neem oil is known in the pest control world as a potent killer. However, you should be careful in applying this since it’s concentrated and can cause irritation.

Also, you should note that neem oil isn’t the most pleasant smelling oil. It’s pungent, making it effective in repelling mosquitoes, bed bugs, and other biting insects.

The good thing about neem oil is you can use it to trick the termites into eating treated wood. Once they eat the treated wood, they will be poisoned to death.

If the surface application doesn’t work, you can inject it into the infested wood. And like other termite control natural methods, you should re-apply neem oil to the infested wood to see results.

When applying neem oil, make sure that you dilute it first. You can blend it with water or add another essential oil to mask the foul scent of neem.

Also, once you applied the neem oil, make sure that you keep pets and children away from the treated area.

9.      Garlic oil

If you want a potent and easy to use solution for the termites, garlic oil is a great choice. It’s also an excellent alternative to synthetic termiticides.

All you need for this solution is four drops of garlic oil, one drop of neem oil, and half a cup of water. Pour all of these in one spray bottle and apply it on the infested wood. Make sure that you shake the bottle once in a while to prevent the oils from settling at the bottom.

Aside from termites, this solution is also ideal for carpenter ants. However, it’s potent just like orange oil and neem oil. Also, always wear protective gears before applying this solution.

If you don’t like the invasive smell of garlic oil, you can add orange oil or lemon oil to make it more refreshing to sniff.

10.  Wet cardboard trick

One of the termite control natural methods we stand by is the wet cardboard trick. You only need an old cardboard box sprayed with water. Once the box is moist, place it near the infested area. The goal here is to attract the termites into this spot so you can burn them outdoors.

Take note that this trick needs to be placed in an undisturbed area like your attic or basement. Also, you’d have to wait for two weeks to allow the pest to establish a feeding habit into the box.

Some homeowners add boric acid to the box for an instant kill. For better results, you can place multiple cardboard boxes all over your house.

Final words

These termite control natural methods we’ve discussed are effective for different extents of infestation. Depending on the type of termites in your home, these hacks may or may not work. Above all, you should prioritize the safety of the occupants and the animals around the treated area.

If the infestation in your house is getting out of hand, it’s best to tap the help of a professional exterminator. Once the termites have been eradicated, you can perform the same methods to prevent a re-infestation.

What do you think of these termite control natural methods? Do you have more suggestions? Let us know below in the comment section!