I knew that living in the country would come with a lot of changes, but I didn't realize how many pests I would have to deal with each day. Even the winter came with its own pest problems. My blog is all about the problematic pests that country living presents. You will find out what you can do to keep your home pest-free and how to eliminate the pests that have already moved into your home. Hopefully, my personal experiences can help you find the solutions to pest problems that you have and take back your home from the insects and rodents causing you troubles.
Termites are a common pest that are often found on or in wooden items that are located in dark, damp places. They burrow in moist wood and eat the cellulose that it is made of, causing damage. If you have noticed a swarm of small, winged insects on the wooden steps that lead to your home's front porch, eliminate them with the following steps. Removing termites will prevent them from damaging the steps further or spreading and posing a threat to your home's exterior
Apply Citrus Oil
Citrus oil contains D-Limonene, a natural compound that is found in citrus fruit. It kills termites on contact by suffocating them. Citrus oil emits a pleasant scent and will not pose a threat to humans or animals, making it a suitable option to choose for termite removal. Fill a spray bottle with citrus oil. Spray a liberal amount across the surface of each step. Wait a few minutes for the oil to penetrate. Rub the oil across the steps with a sponge. Rinse the oil away with a water hose when finished.
Dry The Steps
Dry the surface of each step to kill any termites that are hidden between cracks in the wood. If the steps do not receive direct sunlight, set up a heat lamp a few feet from the steps and aim it directly towards them. The combination of the heat and light will destroy termites that are present.
Once the steps are dry, inspect them for damage. If there are small holes in the wood, they will retain water whenever it rains and cause portions of the wood to remain moist for extended amounts of time. Insert a tube of wood putty in a caulk gun and press the tool's trigger to release the product into each crevice in the wood. Wait several hours for the filler to dry.
Apply Boric Acid
Safeguard against future pests by sprinkling boric acid on and around the steps. If any termites walk through the boric acid, their exoskeletons will become damaged and they will ultimately die after several days. If boric acid is consumed, it will damage the termites digestive systems, resulting in death. Boric acid is an inexpensive product that can safely be used on your property throughout the year to prevent future pest infestations.
Use all of these methods to eliminate termites and keep your property protected. These methods will also help prevent other types of insects from becoming a nuisance. Contact a company, such as Freedom Pest Solutions, for more information.