Homeowners interested in organic methods of termite control may look to termites’ insect enemies as a potential solution. While introducing natural predators may help control termites, this method is slow-acting and does not provide protection against future termite infestations. It also means you will need to introduce more pests into your yard – an idea few homeowners may tolerate.
Ants, spiders and nematodes are the three most common pests used for biological control. Unfortunately, none of these insects provide effective, permanent termite control. Each of these methods should be combined with other termite prevention and control techniques to help protect a home.
Ants & Spiders Eat Termites
Ants Eating Termite Larvae:
Termites have several natural predators, including ants that eat termites. In fact, ants are termites’ main enemy and may provide some termite control in natural settings. The degree of control depends on the population of the ant colony compared to the termite colony, and the availability of other food sources for ants.
Spiders eat termites, typically swarmers (alates) caught in webs. By eating alates, spiders may prevent a few termites from forming new colonies. However, this natural process will not control an entire colony effectively.
Nematodes Eat Termites
Nematodes are microscopic worms that infect termites. Essentially, they eat termites from the inside out. Some nematodes are considered beneficial in gardens, while others are garden parasites. Beneficial nematodes might be one part of a subterranean termite control program for an edible garden.