Non-chemical or non-toxic termite control is most effective as a prevention technique, when combined with resolving structural and moisture issues. Many non-toxic products cannot target an entire colony or be applied as thoroughly as traditional methods and therefore, cannot offer the same level of protection. Some non-toxic termite control products, such as boric acid, are slow acting and require multiple applications. Most homeowners want to control termites as soon as an infestation is confirmed in their home.
Non-Toxic Termite Treatment
The most common termite treatments rely on synthetic pesticides called termiticides. These materials are applied through soil treatments, direct wood treatments and fumigation.
If you prefer a non-toxic approach, you should ask your pest control expert if orange oil, neem oil or boric acid products could be effective control options. While these products typically are less effective than other products, they may be appropriate for specific, targeted infestations. Your termite control expert can recommend treatment options based on the termite species and the location and extent of infestation.
Other methods of non-toxic termite treatment include heat treatment, extreme cold and electronic methods. Each of these treatment methods is effective in controlling active drywood termite infestations – but does not provide protection against future infestations. These treatments may be more expensive than traditional treatments and may not work for your particular situation. Your pest control expert can help you understand the benefits and limitations of each method.
Other Non-Toxic Termite Control Methods
To prevent termite damage without the use of synthetic chemicals, you can incorporate termite prevention into your home’s construction. You may want to install non-toxic termite barriers, such as stainless steel mesh barriers or barriers made of sand or basaltic rock, in your home during construction.
If your termite inspector notices signs of termite activity in your yard, he or she may suggest using nematodes to control the termite population. Nematodes are microscopic worms that prey on termites. Ants also can help control a termite population. However, few homeowners wish to encourage other pest populations in their yards.
Regular home maintenance is important to help reduce termite entry points and conditions conducive to activity. For example, you should focus on removing any wood-to-ground contact, addressing moisture issues and scheduling annual termite inspections. Ask your termite inspector if there are additional measures you can take to help protect your home.