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How To Get Rid of Termites

A termite infestation is one of the biggest fears of most homeowners, and with good reason! Termites are colony pests, which means that they can quickly destroy things if they are not dealt with right away. In today’s post, we’ll take a look at several different approaches that you can use to get rid of termites in your Florida home.

For stubborn or large infestations, be sure to contact the professionals at Palm Coast Pest Control in Jupiter. We offer same-day inspections and free estimates so that you can receive the information and help you need in a timely manner.

1. Stakes

There are stakes that are specifically manufactured to pop out of the ground when termite activity is detected. In this way, you locate an active colony and then take the appropriate steps to eliminate them. The recommended placement is around the edges of your property. Most homeowners find that they need to replace the stakes about twice a year.

2. Insecticides and Foams

These methods are good for spot treatments when you need to fill in a space, crack, or hole in the walls of your home. While the insecticides can come in different forms, including gasses and liquids, you will want to make sure that you follow the appropriate safety measures to ensure that no one is injured or made ill.

3. Eliminate Wood Mulch

While wood mulch is a very popular item in many lawns across Florida, if you are having trouble with termites, then you will definitely want to get rid of it. Termites, of course, are attracted to wood mulch, which means that if you are having infestation problems, then this could be the source of their attraction. If you need to use mulch, then try to place it as far from your home as possible so that the termites don’t make their way to your home.

4. Nematodes

Nematodes are a popular method for getting rid of termites. They are small worms that are frequently referred to as roundworms, but they’re not closely related to true worms. Nematodes are plant parasites, which means that you don’t need to worry that they are the same roundworms that can infect the human body and spread disease.

There are different nematodes that you can use in the garden to help combat pests and break down organic matter. When it comes to termites, nematodes will help kill them by one of two methods:

  • Nematodes attack them and inject deadly bacteria
  • Enter the host, parasitize it, and feed on it

Given the level of damage that nematodes can inflict on your yard and garden, however, it is imperative to select the right species to combat your termite infestation.

5. Remove Stumps

Earlier, we mentioned the importance of moving wood mulch away from your home to remove an attractive food source and decrease the chance of an infestation. With that said, it’s important that you don’t forget to remove tree stumps and any other rotten wood that could also be a huge attractor for termites. By either removing these items altogether, or simply relocating them, you will hopefully drive the termite infestation away as they no longer have a food source near your home.

6. Extreme Heat and Cold

Altering the temperature is another good way to eliminate termites, but this is not something that is always easy to control. Temperatures that are either too cold (-20 degrees Fahrenheit) or too hot (above 120 degrees Fahrenheit) will kill them. The key is to maintain that temperature for at least a half an hour or longer if possible.

One way to maintain extreme cold is to use liquid nitrogen, which can easily kill any termites that it comes into contact with. As for heat, there is no easy way to raise the temperature high enough for a long enough period of time, as the soil provides relief from the sun. If you can safely build a fire, then this is about the only way to use extreme heat to drive termites away.

7. Call the Professionals

While we hope that you’re able to wipe out a termite issue on your own, it’s a good idea to call in the professionals to make sure that your problem has been completely eliminated. At Palm Coast Pest Control, we have the tools, experience, and knowledge to make sure that you receive the most comprehensive pest control possible.

Whether or not you think you have a termite infestation, contact Palm Coast Pest Control in Jupiter to schedule a same-day inspection and free estimate. We are ready to provide the help you need to eliminate termites and other pests from your Florida home and property.