How To Get Rid Of Termites And Prevent Them From Returning

Termites may look like harmless insects, but in reality, these tiny bugs can cause quite a bit of damage to your home and be a huge headache for you. These bugs feast off of the soft wood around your home, eating their way through it, which can cause damage to the wood so severe it can make the structure unsafe.

You can tell if you have termites by tapping on wood around your home. If it sounds hollow, termites could be eating the wood from the inside. You may also see mud tunnels that they may use to get to the wood. See below for tips on termite extermination so you can get rid of termites and prevent them from coming back. 

Spray Borax

Spray the areas where you see termites with Borax or another borate spray. You can sprinkle Borax in its powder form around the area, or you can create a spray by mixing 1 Tbsp. Borax with 1 cup warm water. Shake the spray bottle, then spray the area where you have seen termites. It's a good idea to spray the wood around your home with this mixture, then paint the wood to prevent the termites from returning.

Look for a borate spray at your local hardware store.

Make Repairs

Help keep these pests away by making repairs around your home. Termites love soft wood, so if you have a leak from a gutter or elsewhere that is making the wood around your home soft, it can be a great meal for termites. Make the necessary repairs to keep the wood from getting soft. For areas such as a deck, be sure to treat the deck with the borate spray, then paint or stain it to help protect it.

Call The Exterminator

Termites can be a tricky insect to get rid of. If you have a large infestation, it can be difficult to keep up with the termites and stay on top of the situation. A large infestation can cause quite a bit of damage to your home, so it's important to get rid of it as quickly as possible. In this case, it's time to call in a professional for help. A professional exterminator can find the colony, use the proper spray to kill the bugs, and help find a solution to keep these bugs away for good.

Call a professional exterminator today for help eliminating termites.