How to Get Rid of Termites – How to Kill Termites Yourself
Professional termite control is expensive; there’s no doubt about that. After seeing just how expensive, it’s natural to wonder how you can kill termites yourself and whether or not it would be effective. The good news is that if you detect the infestation early enough, you stand a great chance of taking care of the termite problem yourself.
We’ve compiled the best DIY methods on how to kill termites yourself right here. These methods are ranked from the strongest to the weakest. However, this doesn’t mean that you necessarily have to start at Method #1; if your infestation is more minor, one of the lower-ranked methods can work just as well.
You can also use a combination of the methods for greater effect as some of the methods are only for outdoors.
Method #1: Liquid Termite Barrier
This method will not only kill the termites already present in your house, but it’s a good preventative method too. The idea behind a liquid termite barrier is to completely surround your house with a pesticide barrier that will poison termites upon contact. While it is commonly used around the entire foundation of the home, it can also be used around specific wooden structures, woodpiles, or tree stumps.
As for which termite killer you should use to create the liquid termite barrier, we recommend Taurus SC Generic Termidor. When it comes to eliminating termites, Termidor is the leader in the field and it is used by the majority of pest control professionals for exterminating termites.
Here’s what makes Termidor so effective:
• It is completely undetectable by termites; they can’t avoid what they can’t smell or see.
• Multiplier effect. Termidor can be spread by contact; a single affected termite can spread the poison to other termites in the colony.
• Slow acting; giving affected termites ample time to spread the poison to other termites.
• Non-repellent; older liquid termite barriers were designed to repel termites, meaning that termites would avoid the barrier. Repellents have been proven to be less effective and do not benefit from the multiplier effect.
How to Use This Method
Create a solution of 0.8oz of Termidor to 1 gallon of water. One 20oz bottle above can yield 25 gallons of the finished solution.
Dig a 6 by 6-inch deep trench around the foundation of your home. For concrete areas, you will have to drill a half-inch by 18-inch hole about 2 inches from the foundation wall at a rate of one hole for every foot.
Using a high-quality sprayer, spray the Termidor solution into the trench or holes at a rate of 4 gallons for every 10 feet.
Here’s a video detailing the instructions for those who prefer it:
Termidor is most effective when used as described above. The trench allows the Termidor solution to bond with the soil, and when applied in this manner, the barrier can last for as long as 10 years (although it is best to reapply the barrier every one or two years).
While it is entirely possible to skip the trench and hole digging process and just spray the Termidor solution directly onto the foundation, the barrier would not be as effective nor would it last as long. Nevertheless, many people have found great results even with this less effective method of application.
• There is a very high chance that you can kill the entire termite colony due to the transference effect of the poison.
• One single application can last for years.
• If you hire a pest control professional, they would likely use this method to treat your home as well.
• Extremely effective against subterranean termites.
• You may need to use hundreds of gallons of the solution in order to cover the entire perimeter of your home, which may be time-consuming and costly.
• As with all pesticides (in this case fipronil), it comes with minor health risks (such as slight skin irritation if there is accidental contact with skin).
• Not as effective against dry-wood termites.
• Method #2: Poisoned Bait
For some people, the liquid barrier treatment, though undeniably effective, is a little too radical. They might not view their termite problem as too serious, or perhaps they do not feel comfortable with having gallons of pesticide being sprayed around their home.
For such individuals, we recommend using poisoned bait. You don’t have to spray pesticides around your home; the bait will attract foraging termites that will then spread the poison back to the colony.
For this method, we recommend using Spectracide’s Terminate Termite Detection & Killing Stakes. This is the best termite baiting and detecting system that we have seen on the market right now.
The bait stakes can easily be installed in the ground around the perimeter of your house. When the bait is consumed, these stakes pop up; thus serving as a termite detection system as well. The poisoned bait will also be brought back to the termite colony, allowing the poison to spread.
How to Use This Method
Determine how many stakes you need for your property. We recommend either 10 or 20 stakes, depending on the size of your property.
Plot out a drawing of your property on the provided graph paper and locate areas that are likely to support termite activity.
Using the enclosed auger, install the stakes at the predetermined locations around your property. The stakes should be placed 2 to 3 feet away from the foundation and no more than 10 feet apart.
Frequently inspect the stakes that have popped up for signs the bait has been eaten and/or trapped termites in the stakes.
If you find an infested stake, replace it with an active stake and install at least 3 more stakes within a foot of the infested stake.
Make sure to replace or remove all stakes every 12 months.