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If you have termites in your home, you are seriously in great trouble. Believe me, there are very few insect types who are more dangerous than the termite. Termites are quite dangerous as if they can alone ruin and destroy a house’s very foundation and appeal in less than a few years.
As to escape the termite problem, you need to identify the infestation and use extermination techniques like cardboard traps, helpful nematodes, heat and cold.
Look for signs of an infestation:
You might not be able to find the direct evidence of termite infestation; however that doesn’t mean you have to stay unaware of it. Sagging floors, holes in woodwork and hollow parts of your foundation are all serious warning signs of termites.
Determine the type of termites you have:
There are two common types of termites that might infiltrate your home: subterranean and dry wood. The earlier one is found in both the soil around your home and the wood of your home, while the latter flourish solely in wood.
They are found in warm, coastal regions – mostly in California, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and Georgia. Subterranean termites can be found anywhere in the states.
Getting rid of termites yourself:
Take some flat strips of cardboard, wet them, and stack them on one another in an area where termites are likely to be. Since termites feed on cellulose (cardboard), this makes for an exceptional spot trap. When the cardboard is infested with termites, take it out in a safe area and burn it.
If your home is not what is termite infested, but it’s a piece of furniture or an item you can remove it from your home, expose it to sunlight. Termites flourish in darkness. The heat and light from the sun kills them. Thus, place your furniture outside for as long as possible – if possible for 2-3 days.
Freeze the termites:
If you live in a rainy area which makes it impossible for you to expose your furniture to sunlight, you can consider freezing your furniture to kill the termites. Place your wooden furniture into a large freezer for 2-3 days. Although this can be tricky for large pieces of furniture, if you’re able the freezer method should guarantee the death of the termites.
In case, you got an idea that the infestation is simply too big, you should most likely call a professional extermination service.