How to Get Rid of Termites Without Chemical Treatment or Hiring a Pest Control Service ?
A Word about Termites
Termites can be devastating to a structure, and will not stop until it crumbles completely. They are social insects, which means they live in colonies, and are constantly on the lookout for food. These insects usually feed on wood, but can also prove detrimental to paper materials, like books, or other organic and cellulose-based materials. Once a structure hosts a colony of the insects, then it is a sure sign that infestation has taken place.
At this point it is wise to act quickly, unless homeowners want the colony to spread to other corners of the home or building. Termites will wander as far as 50 meters from the original colony, so it's important to quickly determine if your home is infested while also discovering the original hosting place for the insects.
How do I Know if I Have an Infestation ?
It is usually easy to tell if your home is infested by termites, as the signs of infestation are fairly obvious. Firstly, in the case of dampwood and drywood termites, you might notice droppings, also known as fecal pellets, which look extremely small and dust-like in appearance. The tiny droppings are left near the infested object, and should be easy to clear with common household brooms or dusters. Don't forget the location where the pellets were found.
Though dampwood termites are the most common type, subterranean termites are equally destructive to your home environment. These types of termites have wings and are noticeable near furnishings, wood structures or similar objects. The most important characteristic which will determine whether your home is infested is the appearance of mud streaks near walls or the affected object. These tubes of mud are used by subterranean termites to enter a building and do damage.
It is not always easy to determine whether your home is infested by the insects, since they are so small, and any of the signs mentioned above can be difficult to detect. The easiest thing to spot is the damage incurred, whether it is crumbling wood or finely shredded paper. If you are unsure about spotting signs of an infestation, it is always best to contact a pest control service.
Why are Termites Dangerous ?
The damage these insects can cause will vary, depending on how quickly they are spotted and taken care of. However, figures for termite damage are alarming, with various industries reporting millions of pounds lost in damaged documents. Another problem is that home insurance policies generally don't cover damage incurred by a termite infestation.
Termites can not only damage home furniture and documents, but are also dangerous to the infrastructure of a building. This means pillars, plaster and wooden walls, all of which can result in a serious hazard for your home. Concrete pillars and more solid constructions are not at risk, so it might be worth investing in more robust features to keep these pests away.
Prevention and Treatment
It is entirely possible to prevent a termite infestation, or treat an existing problem without the aid of chemical products and solutions.
Consider treating damp areas around wooden furnishings in your home, areas which gather moisture or possible leaks. Damp wood is just what termites need to survive, and any such area will inevitably attract the insects. Consider insulation for overly damp areas, and inspect your home thoroughly for signs of damp wood.
Areas which are particularly at risk are bathrooms, toilets, kitchen areas or lofts, all of which can easily gather damp and moisture. In homes in the UK, lofts are particularly susceptible to humidity, especially if you don't have adequate insulation.
Orange oil is a good toxic-free solution if your home is already infested. You can apply it to control infestations caused by drywood termites, but this method will only work for termites that have already come into contact with an object.
Since termites go back and forth from soil to home, it is worth investing in natural fertilizers for your soil. The insects feed on dead plants so keeping your plants healthy should ensure minimal risks of a termite infestation in your home. Other insects in your garden, such as spiders and ants, or animals which feed on termites, such as birds, are also hugely helpful in controlling the termite population and stopping them early on.
A method used to get rid of termite nests is the use of nematodes, parasites which infest the termites and help thin the population. This is usually done by mixing a solution with water and applying the mixture to wherever the termite nest is. Nematodes are usually available at local gardening centres and they are widely used, not only for termites, but to exterminate a wide variety of pests harmful to gardens and plants.
Alternatively, you can call experts which employ natural methods for the extermination of termites. AKKAD pest control offers advice on how to prevent, control and treat infestations, provides services to the whole of the United Arab Emirates, including cities like Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.