You are among the few lucky homeowners if you haven’t struggled with termite infestation before. Termites are common backyard pests that can damage your property. Unfortunately, getting rid of these stubborn insects is difficult and overly expensive. The other common challenge is identifying them in their initial outbreak. If you haven’t faced a termite problem before, you should learn how to do a termite inspection.
Essentially, termites are social pests and live in colonies. They scavenge for wooden materials, including patio decks, wooden fence materials, and other backyard structures. If you’ve started noticing termite infestation in your backyard, the following tips can help:
Moist and humid places are hot spots that favor termites. These insects collect anywhere there’s moisture. Ensuring your backyard isn’t damp is an easier way to eliminate termites. You should start by removing damp wood and wooden structures from your yard. Branches, logs, and kid’s toys are other favorite termite attractions. If you must build wooden structures in your backyard, use termite-resistant wood.
If maintaining a dry backyard is impossible, probably because of your region’s climate, installing a termiticide barrier is a good solution. Granule and liquid termiticide barriers contain chemicals that paralyze and kill termites. However, you should consider several things before using a termiticide barrier.
For instance, if you choose granular termiticide, ensure that you spread it across your backyard structures like decaying trees, wood piles, and other wooden structures. If you prefer liquid termiticide, spray and allow it to soak into the ground.
You can also get rid of termites using boric acid. Like most insecticides, boric acid complicates the termite’s digestive and metabolic system, affecting its ability to absorb nutrients. Boric acid also dehydrates and stops the termite’s nervous system, causing them to die.
If you are among the many homeowners who prefer eco-friendly practices, nematodes are a more sustainable option than chemical treatments. Roundworms are specifically beneficial in termite control. They are natural pests to termites and other insects. However, once it enters the termite’s body, it releases poison that kills termites. You should consider this option because it doesn’t harm plants, pets, and animals in your backyard. This method is also long-lasting, as roundworms or your preferred nematodes breed and multiply.
While the above methods are effective, you should ignore these common misconceptions:
Termites are stubborn pests and difficult to eliminate. Consider calling a professional termite exterminator if your backyard is heavily infested. You should also adopt various preventive practices.