Here are the natural remedies against termites that we suggest to get rid of these insects without resorting to insecticides and chemicals that could be harmful to health.
Mosquitoes, bedbugs, flies and cockroaches may almost look like pets compared to another fearsome tenant in our homes. The insect in question, if not more than at least equal to other micro-animals winged or not, would be the termite.
Perhaps best known for the classic Tom&Jerry style cartoon scenes, where swarms of angry termites invade homes and burn them to the ground in a second, termites, improperly known as “ants with wings” are actually more common than you think.
This is well known by those who have wooden houses and find themselves fighting against these absolutely unwelcome guests, who in a few years can completely ruin the foundations and walls of a house causing it to collapse.
But how do you fight them without going through chemistry? Here are some natural remedies to cope with an invasion of termites.
What are the natural remedies against termites?
Chlordan-based insect repellent sprays are usually used to combat termite invasion.
It is a pity that this is a carcinogenic substance that kills by contact and is also used to free vegetables from ants. As it is also harmful to the nervous system, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) in the US has banned its use, with the exception of termite control.
Natural remedies against termites
Termites in the house? Here’s how to figure it out
First of all, we need to understand if these insects have already settled in our house, leaving water-soaked cards stacked one on top of the other in places such as cellars, floors and in the cavities.
Termites love cellulose and are really fond of it: if these ‘baits’ are filled with small animals, the signal is clear. Burn them in a safe place and repeat the operation several times to understand where they come from.
The importance of prevention
Definitely a green method is to focus on prevention. Try not to have leaking pipes and avoid water stagnation, especially if close to the foundations and in contact with the ground: they could attract termites outside or inside the house. Then it is necessary to seal windows, doors and cracks. Another important step for prevention is to store firewood, logs and branches away from home.
Natural remedies against termites: nematode worms
To fight termites you can also use nematode worms – natural weed parasites such as termites – which will try to settle on their host, causing its death within 48 hours. They are easy to find in gardening shops, but remember that over 15 degrees must be kept in the fridge and used in the evening because they die in the sunlight.
Boric acid against termites: effective traps
If even this is not enough to keep these annoying wood-eating insects away, another very effective way is boric acid, used as an antiseptic, insecticide and disinfectant and particularly effective against wood termites.
For example, small baits based on boric acid and condensed milk can be created to attract termites and, if necessary, add termite-eating worms.
Now let’s see how to easily make baits based on boric acid, effective natural remedies against termites:
- Take a wooden container (the metal would react chemically and spoil), a pair of latex gloves and condensed milk.
- Pour a small amount of acid and condensed milk into the container and mix everything with a wooden spoon until you get a more “solid” compound.
- Now shape with your gloves the compound obtained to create micro balls, your lures.
Now place your baits in the points identified previously thanks to the cellulose and wait: the termites will be attracted by the condensed milk and will also come into contact with boric acid. Boric acid will cause its death and will also be transported from the surviving termites to the nest, ending the colony in your home.
Other methods include the use of panels with electrical cooling systems, certainly less toxic than the classic chlordan-based drying powders and potentially harmful to health. So, if possible, do without it.
Try our natural termite remedies and tell us how it went.