How to Get Rid of Termites Naturally

Updated on May 18, 2016
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Brandon once suffered from a termite pandemic and tried many methods until some worked. He now shares his experience on eradicating them.

Get rid of Termites yourself!

Getting rid of termites naturally isn't all that hard. Yes, it could be a bit frustrating as locating the termites and killing them is kind of a pain, not going to lie about it. But, if you know what you are doing (and you will after reading this), you can do it all on your own without the need of hiring a professional pest control agent.

It is easy so to say, but one thing is for sure - it's no quick job! Therefore, you're going to need to plan ahead. A few hours may not do the trick, a weekend would be ideal. When using some detection methods you need to plant bait and then wait a few days before you could begin with the termite extermination.

Natural Termite Control - Step by Step

Here's a step-by-step process of what you need to do to get rid of termites naturally. Each step is further explained below.

  1. Detection of the Termite mound - Locate all the termite hideouts. You would want to get rid of them all in one go. Else, they would just spread to the treated areas again.
  2. Protect your furniture - Is your home infested? Or are the termites busy in your yard. Either way you should look into protecting existing furniture.
  3. Create a Cardboard trap - Wet and stack some cardboard sheets in a safe corner to distract the termites from your valuables. Cellulose in cardboard attracts the termites.
  4. Use beneficial Nematodes - Nematodes kill termites by releasing a certain kind of bacteria into their bodies and hence is an effective killing technique.
  5. Sunlight treatment on furniture - Direct sunlight gets rid of certain kinds of termites. They either die or move away. Place infected furniture in the sunlight.
  6. Get rid of wooden mulch - Mulch is a great source of cellulose and is basically termite chow. So try and use coconut husk mulch or another alternative which contains lower cellulose.

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First Off: Spotting the Termites

In order to get rid of termites yourself, you first need to locate their main hideouts and chow spots. But, how do you do this? Finding evidence of termite infestation is not at all an easy task.

  • The first thing that you need to do would be to get yourself a stick or screwdriver, as well as a flash light.
  • Then, you can start by going into your garage and basements, and begin tapping on any wood that you can find.
  • Begin by tapping on support beams, pillars, floor beams, wooden boxes and even furniture -- if you hear a sort of hollow sound, that's a sign of termites.
  • Look around for mud trails as well. Termites usually leave mud trails and fallen wings behind. If you notice any of these problems, then you've got yourself a termite infestation.

Treatment is most effective if you find out all their hiding spots together. Target all of the colonies at once.

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Now lets get rid of the Termites

Now that we've spotted the termites' main hideout(s) in and around your home, the next thing to do would be exterminate them. Let's take a look at how you could do this, naturally and organically.

Termite Colony - With Wings
Termite Colony - With Wings

Set up some Cardboard Traps

Termites love the cellulose that's found in wood, paper, and cardboard. So, if you want to prevent them from getting onto your furniture and other valuables, you should create this delicious distraction for them.

Here's What You Do:

  1. Get some cardboard and paper -- around 4-5 sheets of cardboard should do the trick.
  2. Next, wet them up and stack them above one another.
  3. Now that they're soaked, place them near the spots where you found most of the termites.
  4. After a couple of days, you should notice that when you flip the cardboard over, it'll be loaded with termites. Using gloves, carry it into your backyard, then burn the cardboard along with the termites.

Of course, this method isn't going to get rid of all of them. However, it will still surely get rid of plenty and prevent them from getting to your furniture and closets.

This is something you should do when you have little time on your hand, as it's going to prevent them from moving on to valuables.

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Use Beneficial Nematodes

When it comes to getting rid of termites on your own, it's best to combine as many extermination methods as you can, since you'll want to get rid of each and every one of them (especially the queen).

How to Do It

  • When you use beneficial nematodes, you won't be getting rid of just termites, but you'll also be destroying any other kind of bugs that may be harming your home and garden, especially wood boring insects. All you need to do is spray them into the yard and your basement/garage and other infested rooms.
  • The nematodes kill termites by releasing a particular kind of bacteria into their bodies. So, there's a good chance that the entire colony will be affected. It's easy to apply, and they're not harmful to humans or pets.
  • You can either buy beneficial nematodes online or at your local hardware store. When you spray, make sure to read the instructions on the box as each of them have different coverage areas.

Maybe give Boric Acid a shot

Using boric acid is another great way to get rid of termites on your own. It's a really effective way to get rid of all sorts of bugs, as it won't just get rid of termites, but also roaches and ants.

All you need to do is create a sort of paste using propylene glycol and apply it onto the furniture and wooden surfaces being attacked by the termites. Also, pour a bit into the termite mounds in the ground -- this will ensure that all of them are killed. Make sure to use gloves when creating this mix.

You could also sprinkle boric powder all around the termite mounds and the edges of your home. This would prevent the bugs from entering to a huge extent. But, you'll need to keep a careful eye out, as they may find other entrances.

Try the Termite bait system

How do you kill the termite queen?

Ideally, there would simply be one single effective way to rid of termites. Of course, in that case, the best thing to do would be to kill the queen.

How do you do this? You can use termite bait or any sort of liquid termicide to get rid of the entire colony.

  • Termite bait systems are really easy to install -- all you need to do is place the sticks into the ground and monitor them every few days. The monitoring system consists of a stick with holes and slits, which are placed into the soil for the termites to attack.
  • If you find the termites attacking the stick, add a bit of termite bait to it. They'll then take it back to the colony for the queen and all the others to feed on -- this will get rid of them all from the source itself.
  • Another option would be Spectracide Terminate, First Line Termite Defense System, or any other similar mechanism that you can find at your local store. (One of our readers mentioned that this is highly toxic to birds and fish - so think twice before using it.)
  • Keep in mind you'll also need the bait once you've spotted the termites. Some of the best include Cyper TC, Termidor SC, Premise 75 Termiticide and Phantom Termiticide.

You can also ask your family, friends, or your neighbors if they've used something and what they recommend you purchase at your local store. However, the above-mentioned products are proven to be perfect exterminators.

© 2012 Brandon Lobo

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    • lobobrandon profile imageAUTHOR

      Brandon Lobo 

      11 months ago

      Hi Mary, never had guinea fowl, but chicken love termites. Good luck with those nests.

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      Mary Wickison 

      11 months ago from Brazil

      We live next to scrubland and there are huge termite nests just over the wall. The nests are about 2 feet long and 15" in diameter. We have also knocked down nests and treated them but need to make a bolder effort.

      We have had them in nearly every outbuilding we have here. I love that cardboard idea.

      When we had chickens and guniea fowl, they loved to eat them when I'd knock a nest down.

      Luckily the wood here is hardwood but they do still get through it.

      You've given we a lot of things to try, thanks.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      23 months ago from Texas

      I don't think we have termites, but we have fire ants galore, I think I will try some of your ideas on them.

      Have a Blessed day

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      zafar iqbal 

      2 years ago

      queen produce 1000 eggs per day so its better to kill queen by wetting cardboard,wood with termitor which dont have smell and termites without noticing the chemical eats it and give the cellulose to queen too which ultimately get kills and the whole colony will get destroyed.

    • lobobrandon profile imageAUTHOR

      Brandon Lobo 

      2 years ago

      That's true Audrey, always better to get things done yourself. Thanks for commenting :)

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      Audrey Selig 

      2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Thanks, Brandon, for this hub on getting rid of termites. it sounds like a real project, but it would beat having to pay a contract fee yearly to the company. I don't like the racket where you are obligated to one company and cannot easily switch to another company. You did a great deal of research and ended up with an excellent hub. Blessings, Audrey

    • lobobrandon profile imageAUTHOR

      Brandon Lobo 

      3 years ago

      Haha yeah I just had to put it in when I found it.

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      ologsinquito 

      3 years ago from USA

      The cardboard sounds like a great way to reduce this population. I love the cartoon of Noah.

    • lobobrandon profile imageAUTHOR

      Brandon Lobo 

      4 years ago

      Thanks for the information j, made the necessary changes after looking into the subject some more.

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      4 years ago

      I caution against this statement "The best choice would be Spectracide Terminate, First Line Termite Defense System" The active ingredients in these are highly toxic to fish and birds. The "best" choice would be less toxic termicides. Unfortunately these are hard to find in stores because they've been pushed out by DOW, BASF, etc.

    • lobobrandon profile imageAUTHOR

      Brandon Lobo 

      4 years ago

      Yup, they are. Glad that you liked the many options.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      I like the fact that you provide a variety of solutions so that we can make a choice on what to do. For me, the nematodes sound really cool.

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      Muebles de jardin 

      4 years ago from madrid

      Thank you about this good tip about termites. it really helps to protect my wood garden furniture.

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      KSCHIF 

      4 years ago

      After treating the termites, consider treating your wood with a sealer that repels termites and other insects. I recommend Infinity Wood Sealer by Infinity Sealers (woodsealers.com). The product is backed by a 25 year warranty so you will never need to worry about those pests again!

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      Janis 

      4 years ago from California

      Thanks for the great tips. I hope I won't need to use them, but if I get termites, I'll now know what to do.

    • lobobrandon profile imageAUTHOR

      Brandon Lobo 

      6 years ago

      Hi wetnosedogs, thanks for the comment and hope you never have to face this problem :)

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      wetnosedogs 

      6 years ago from Alabama

      This is a hub to remember. The south seems home for the termites. Thanks for the write up.

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