How to Kill Termites

Termites can ruin your home and make life way more difficult. That is why we’re here. We are here to get rid of them, so that you don’t have to deal with them. In this article, we will talk about how to kill termites, but also, what the main types of termites are and how they can be identified.

Different Types of Termites

Subterranean

This type of termite lives in the soil. They build the largest nests out of any insect in the United States. Subterranean termites are considered on of the most destructive species since they destroy woods and homes at a fast pace. You can find these types of termites in any of state in the United States other than Alaska.

Dampwood

Dampwood termites are rarely found in homes and are usually found in the woods because of the moisture there is. Unlike subterranean termites, dampwood termites do not have to be in soil and actually found in the damp woods rather than the soil as well.

Drywood

Drywood termites can be responsible for home damage unlike dampwood termites. They are usually found in wood, hardwood floors and timber. Like dampwood termites, they do not have to be in contact with soil. Drywood termites can cause damage, however, they cause damage at a much slower pace unlike the subterranean termites.

How to Kill Termites

Flooding

Termites can drown. However, they only drown after being submerged in water for an extended amount of time. They can survive underwater, but not forever. Depending on the type of termite, they can survive underwater for up to 16 to 30 hours and then they start to die. However, flooding out termites can bring more termites back because of the moisture, so the water needs to be cleaned up as soon as you are done drowning the termites.

Low Temperature

Chilling the air around the termites will kill the termites as long as it is done right. To kill termites in cold temperatures, you must chill the infected wood to -20 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 30 minutes for the termites to die.

Salt

Salt is an effective and natural way to kill termites. All you have to do is find a jar and then fill that jar with equal parts salt and warm water. Fill a syringe with salty solution you have made and start injecting it into all the affected areas.

Sunlight

Termites cannot survive in the sunlight therefore they hide in places in your home that are shady. However, to kill them, taking the affected object or area out into bright sunlight will kill them. Let natural sunlight come in your home throughout the day to help prevent them.

 

 

 

Now that you can recognize the different types of termites and know how to kill them, you will be equipped to help keep them out of your home. Unfortunately at Insight Pest Solutions, we do not treat for termites, but we can use our products we use on other pests to help prevent them. Call today to receive a quote, and we’ll get you taken care of.

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