Whenever we hear this word, termite, we often feel haunted, right! The thing which comes to our mind straight away is how to get rid of them as quickly as possible.
But what are signs of termites? How you can tell if you have termites?
Well, have you ever found half-eaten books and tiny holes in your expensive clothes?
Noticed creaking hardwood floors and sagging furniture with thousands of little holes?
If you’re slowly nodding your head to say “Yes”, then your house has been infested by colonies of termites.
We often believe that termites are active only in the spring season, but they are actually active throughout the year. Be proactive about preventing termite damage by being aware of the warning signs. Take a look at the top three signs of termite activity:
Discarded Wings - If you found, leftover termite wings near closed windows, doors or cloth hangers, it’s an indication that termite has intruded into your home.
Mud Tubes - If you found, pencil-sized mud tubes wherever the ground meets your house or any other possible food source like a tree or shed, it also a sign of termite colonies.
Cracks and Fissures in Wooden Furniture - We can’t always say cracks in the wood are the sign of termites. Check to see if the wood is hollow by tapping it. If it seems so, then it might be a sign of termite infestation.
Noticed any of the warning signs mentioned above? Hey, don’t worry! They won’t collapse your dwelling tomorrow…. Even now, you can fight against these tiny annoying creatures without spending a fortune. Thinking how? Just by following simple home-made remedies!
Yeah…Getting rid of termites naturally using home made remedies isn't all that hard, but one thing is for sure – it’s not a quick job. Many homeowners who experience termite infestation are under the impression that the only way to remove termites is by hiring a professional exterminating service. But fortunately, there are effective and natural ways to kill termites yourself.
Below are few of the effective homemade remedies to get rid of termites quickly and permanently (well at least in most cases)
Remedy #1 – Place the Infested Furniture in Direct Sunlight
Termites are vulnerable to sunlight and die off completely when exposed to harsh sunlight for over 5 hours. Try to keep the furniture under the sunlight for 3 to 5 days.
Remedy #2 – Apply Orange Oil
It has been proven that the extract of orange oil has an active compound that kills nearly 98% of termites. Apply orange oil where you see colonies of termites and make sure to reapply the oil for several days until the termites are eliminated.
Remedy #3 – Aloe Vera Gel
It’s really an affordable remedy, as you can find Aloe Vera plant in your garden. Just squash a pulp of aloe and stock it in a bottle filled with water over it. Blend the mixture Aloe Vera and water gently and then sprinkle it on the infested areas. Aloe Vera kills termites when they get in contact with it.
Remedy #4 – Soapy Water
Mix two tablespoons of liquid dish soap in 1 liter of water and put this solution in a sprinkler. Once you find the infested area, just spray the solution. Repeat the same for few times a day until you find zero termites.
Remedy #5 – Salt
Wow…. Salt! What an affordable solution, right! You can fight against colonies of termites by just using a handful of salt! Prepare a salt solution by mixing salt and water and fill a syringe with this solution. Pour this solution around the infested areas and repeat this daily for a few days.
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The existence of termites can be dated back to the dinosaurs era, millions of years ago. Till the date, there are over 2000 species of termites and each year they are known to cause more than $5 billion in property damage in all regions of the globe. Shocking isn’t it?
Recently while reading a book, I came across a piece stating that if a single termite eats a piece of wood alone, it would take it 3,144 years to eat the wood in a 1,000-square-foot home.” But the unbelievable fact is: Termites don’t live alone; rather they live in colonies.
A termite colony of 60,000 workers can consume a one-foot length in as little as four months. And also it has been proven that some rare species of termites can consume about 15 pounds of wood within a week.
Apart from wood, termites can also cause damage to clothes. Even though we take good care of our place, sometimes we may fail to identify infested and hidden areas where termites may enter it and build a colony. Termites will always find their way through to get into our homes and intrude our living, keep on eating our property without a break, whether they are hungry or not.
Below is a great infographic with termite facts:
To sum it all up, Termites poses a serious hazard to your home, so if you ever notice these tiny white creatures crawling in your home, be active and follow any one of the tips mentioned above to get rid of these “Unwelcome Guests”! On the other hand, you may opt to seek the services of a qualified professional, especially if your home is heavily infested and posing a threat to your family.
Susan Clark is our editor-in-chief. She’s a proud mother of two loving home improvement activities.