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.
Termite infestations can happen at anytime during the year; however, they are easily detectable during the spring time. During the spring season, termites will actual swarm around your windows and leave their discarded wings laying around for you to see. If you notice this happening, it is best to leave the infestation up to a professional pest control, but there are ways to minimize the damage and kill termites while waiting for your local professional to arrive. Below are the only two tricks you need in order to keep the pesky bugs at bay until you are able to seek help.
The oil that is found in the peel of an orange is one of the deadliest and most effective remedies for getting rid of termites, stopping the damage that they cause to your home until a pest control professional can arrive. Orange oil contains an active compound known as D-Limonene, which attacks the exoskeleton of the termite and destroys its membranes. After exposure, the termite will eventually die because of the amount of water and protein this oil dissolves. This remedy won't solve all of your termite problems and will only last a few days, so it is best to call in the professional as soon as possible after you use it.
To use this method to keep these pesky bugs at bay, you need to mix one ounce of orange peel oil with three tablespoons of liquid dish soap and one gallon of water. Mix the ingredients well and pour some of the solution into a spray bottle. After the contents are in the spray bottle, spray down the problem areas in your home and allow it to air dry.
That's right! Simple, every day scraps of cardboard can actually bring the termites out of your walls and give them something else to destroy instead of tearing about the foundation of your home. You can take old boxes and turn them into traps. Termites love to feed on Cellulose, which is a substance in your walls and it is also found in cardboard. Take old boxes that you have and cut out several squares.
After you have cut out in between sixteen to twenty squares, soak them in warm water and place them around the places in your home where you notice the most damage. Leave the squares there for a few days and then you will see that the termites are now infesting the cardboard. You can either leave the cardboard for pest control to destroy, or you can burn it yourself to kill all of the termites. If you choose to burn it yourself, wear heavy and thick clothing--including gloves--so you don't get bit.
A termite problem is definitely something that you should leave up to a professional instead of trying to tackle the entire infestation by yourself. There are, however, nifty tricks that you can use to minimize the amount of damage that is done to your home and its foundation before help is able to get to you. Using one of the tricks listed above, you can save your home's foundation from further damage while waiting for the proper help that you need. Contact a company like E & R Exterminating Company, Inc. for more information.