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  • How do I kill termites in my kitchen?

    Created by Teresa on

    I would like to try out your nine steps for termite control in my house. Are these techniques designed for an outdoor location or would it be safe to use in my home? Should it be effective for termites in Puerto Rico (tropical and humid environment)? I appreciate your advice.

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    E. Vinje
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    Hello Teresa –

    I feel comfortable recommending all of the steps listed below for use in your house, but keep in mind Bora-Care must be applied to untreated wood surfaces. It will not work on painted or stained wood. Also, botanical insecticides — derived from plants which have insecticidal properties — should be your last line of defense for dealing with pests indoors. These natural pesticides have shorter half-lives and less toxicity than commercial chemical sprays, but they’re still strong and should only be used after other least-toxic options have been tried. I you need to use a botanical spray indoors, I suggest applying Don’t Bug Me to cracks and crevices which will minimize exposure to you, your children and your pets.

    Homeowners can get rid of termites naturally by following these NINE simple techniques:

    1.) Eliminate wood contact with the ground. Ideally, wood should be at least 8 inches above the soil. Pull soil or mulch back from the foundation and support steps or posts on a concrete base.

    2.) Prevent moisture from accumulating near the foundation. Termites are attracted to moisture and are more likely to enter a structure if the soil next to the foundation is consistently moist. Install, fix or relocate downspouts, drains and gutters. Repair leaky faucets.

    3.) Never store firewood, lumber or other wood debris against the foundation. When stacked against the foundation they offer a hidden path of entry into the structure.

    4.) Use decorative wood chips and mulch sparingly, especially if you have other conditions conducive to termite problems.

    5.) Apply Bora-Care directly to untreated wood surfaces. Formulated with a concern for the environment, Bora-Care is a borate based insecticide and fungicide that is used for the interior and exterior control of wood-boring insects. Its patented formula penetrates deep into the wood providing long lasting protection.

    6.) Dust Boric Acid lightly into cracks, crevices, wall voids and other insect hiding places. This fine powder clings to the legs, antennae and bodies of insects and acts as a stomach poison when consumed during grooming.

    7.) Spray Orange Guard, made from citrus peel extract, to kill on contact. Approved for organic use, Orange Guard is a broad spectrum insect killer that’s safe to use indoors and out. Repeat applications may be necessary.

    8.) Apply food-grade Diatomaceous Earth for long-lasting protection. Made up of tiny fossilized aquatic organisms, that look like broken glass under the microscope, DE kills by scoring an insect’s outer layer as it crawls over the fine powder. Contains NO toxic poisons!

    9.) Least-toxic botanical insecticides should be used as a last resort. Derived from plants which have insecticidal properties, these natural pesticides have fewer harmful side effects than synthetic chemicals and break down more quickly in the environment.

    Go get `em!

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