Homeowners may attempt to perform their own termite control without realizing the complexities involved in targeting this insect. Termites can build extensive nests beneath your home or inside your walls, which can make treatment and prevention a complex project best left to a trained termite control professional.
Effective termite control requires proper identification of the termite species and a comprehensive inspection to help determine the full extent of the infestation. Once the termite species and approximate location have been determined, your termite specialist can discuss termite repellents (termiticides) or other methods that may be effective in controlling the infestation and preventing future reinfestation. Professionals also have the equipment required to complete many forms of termite treatment, including fumigation, heat treatment and soil treatments.
Do-It-Yourself Termite Remedies
While some common household items and garden plants possess insecticidal and repellent properties, there is no effective homemade termite repellant (more commonly spelled repellent). Effective termite control reaches the entire colony directly or via products that foraging termites can share with the rest of the nest. Homemade products are not formulated to control entire infestations or protect your home against reinfestation.
Natural Termite Remedies
There are some natural termite repellant and insecticide products, such as orange oil and neem oil. These products are not as effective as other methods and do not provide long-term protection for your home. Some of these products may control termites that come into direct contact with them but will not control the entire colony.
Your termite control professional can explain the benefits and limitations of all-natural termite control products. Should you choose to use natural products, your pest control expert can use his or her knowledge of termite behavior to apply all-natural products and provide follow-up inspections to determine the material’s degree of effectiveness.
In addition to more natural product formulations, there are also non-chemical methods for termite control, such as heat and electronic treatments. These methods require specialized equipment to control active drywood termite infestations.