This page is a DIY termite treatment guide. Using the products and methods suggested you can get control of any termite species. The termite category pages give additional information on the different species. Follow these guides and use the recommended products and we guarantee 100% control of all termite species.
Termites can be a homeowners worst nightmare as they are among the most destructive pests to a home structure. Termites are tiny, light-colored andhave an enormous appetite for wood. If termites are on your property, expect them to cause a lot of damage. In fact, termites cause so much damage, that they cost the US a whopping 5 billion dollars in damage ANNUALLY.
No one wants to have to deal with a Termite infestation, but unfortunately, if there isnt a proper treatment plan put in place, a termite problem may be hard to avoid. You should not let the thought of termites and termite control scare you away from saving thousands of dollars by tackling the job yourself.
Our DIY Termite Treatment guide will show you the recommended products needed and the techniques you can perform to conduct a professional-quality treatment of your home so you can confidently eliminate termites and save money.
Identifying what termite is infesting your property is crucial because different termite species may require different means of treatment. Misidentification of termites can lead to using the wrong treatment products, costing you time and money.
So what does a termite look like? From afar they look similar to ants but there are subtle differences that you can observe to differentiate between the two:
Termites have three main species to worry about: Subterranean Termites, Drywood Termites, and Dampwood Termites. Within these three groups are divisions of termites separated by role.
After you have properly identified the Termite that is infesting your property, you will need to inspect the home tofind where the termites are located. During the inspection, you will be looking for termite activity and termite damage. Inspect with a flashlight and screwdriver or sharp ended object, to inspect inside the wood.
Where To Inspect
Start inside your home. Look in basements, attics, crawl spaces, and any area that uses wood. Inspect ceiling joists, support beams, wooden window frames, wooden door frames, and any part of your home made of wood. Outdoors look in fences, patios, porches, decks, wooden walkways, and any part of the property made of wood. Look in the base of the structure where soil meets wood. Outside look in window frames, door frames, eaves, soffits, and fascias.
What To Look For
You need to look for Termites or signs of termite activity such as mud tubes, discarded swarmer wings, frass and termite galleries. Mud tubes are small tunnels that grow like roots from the soil up to the structure. Formosan and Subterranean Termites are the species most known for making mud tubes.
Swarmers of all species will discard their wings during the reproductive process.If you see swarmer termites or even their termite wings anywhere, it should be a great cause for concern as it means that the termite population has grown so heavily that swarmers are leaving the nest.
Frass is a combination of feces and sawdust that the termites discard out of the damaged wood. Dampwood and Drywood termite species create frass, and you might find it window sills, and below the damaged wood.
Next, inspect inside the wood. Use a flashlight and a screwdriver to dig inside the wood to look for termite galleries. Termite galleries are small tunnels inside the wood that go with the grain. If you find termite galleries, mud tubes, swarmer wings, and frass you will have discovered termite activity.
Once you have confirmed Termite activity it is time to begin treatment. Remember that you must first read all the product labels and follow their application instructions, and stay safe by wearing personal protective equipment.
Our top recommendation for Termites is to perform a trench treatment with Taurus SC and then monitor Termite activity with the help of Red Eye Termite Stations. Indoors, you can apply Fipro Foaming Aerosol in voids and crevices where you have seen an active infestation as well as treat infested wood with Boracare.
Step 1 - Outdoor Trench Treatment with Taurus SC
Taurus SC is a non-repellent termiticide that does a great job of killing termites. Non-repellent products go undetected by termites as a secret killer that they walk through freely and carry back down to their colonies, wiping out the queen and the entire colony. Taurus SC also can remain effective for a long-time, between 5 to 10 years. By digging a trench around your home, you can create a barrier that will keep Termites from doing damage.
Begin by creating a 6 inch wide and 6 inch deep trench around the base of your home structure. Mix 3.2 ounces of Taurus with 4 gallons of water in 5-gallon bucket. Pour the mixture into the trench and immediately fill it back with dirt until it is turned into mud. Repeat the process for each 10-foot section of your structure until the entire perimeter of your home is covered. This treatment will typically protect a structure for 5 to 7 years.
Step 2 - Red Eye Monitoring Stations & Fipro
Red Eye Monitoring Stations help to monitor infestations to let you know that Termites are still present and active. Place the Red Eye stations 8 to 10 feet apart and 5 feet away from the structure.Monitoring the Red Eye is simple; There is a clear view window on the top of the station with a painted red eye on a wooden dowel. As termites come up through the bottom of the station, they will begin to feed on the wood. The red eye then drops letting you know that there is termite activity.
When you discover termites, you can deal with them right then and there since the station as an injection port that you can use to insert Fipro Foaming Aerosol into the station. Fipro Foaming Aerosol is a non-repellent insecticide labeled to kill termites and has a foaming feature that can penetrate hard to treat areas where Termites can hide. The Fipro foam will travel through the station until it reaches the termite galleries providing a direct kill of termites.
Step 3 - Indoor Treatment with Fipro Foaming Aerosol
For any indoor termites, use the same Fipro Foaming Aerosol.Simply apply the injection tube into cracks and crevices, slits, openings, and small holes in damaged wood. Hold the trigger for 5 to 10 seconds, release the trigger but keep the injection tube inside for another 5 seconds. This will allow the foam to dissipate into the termite galleries.
You can also drill 1/16" holes every 12 inches for 10 feet in sheetrock (or drywall) if termites are present in these areas. Finally close to holes with wall putty and you're finished.
Step 4 - Wood Treatment With Boracare
Largely for Drywood Termites, Boracare is a borate-based termiticide that is used to treat wood that Termites are eating or creating galleries in.
Depending on the type of treatment you want to apply (preventative or remedial) application rates will vary.
To figure out how much Boracare you need, you will need to determine the size of the treatment area. Measure the linear feet of all exterior walls, interior walls, and areas you wish to treat. Most commonly, homes use 2x4, 2x6 or 2x8 studs on their walls.
1 gallon of diluted Boracare will cover 600 lineal feet for 2x4 studs, 400 lineal feet for 2x6 and 308 lineal feet for 2x8. Linear feet is simply the length of the measurement (6 linear feet = 6 total feet).
Using a 5 gallon bucket, mix 1 part Boracare with 1 part water. It is recommended that you use hot water to mix with Boracare. Boracare is very thick and viscous solution and needs to be mixed well and broken down.
Boracare can be painted onto the wood, sprayed on or foamed into wall voids. Choose the treatment method that best suits your preference. For more effective results, apply two coats of Boracare to each piece of infested wood.You can treat exposed wood behind sheetrock or up in the attic.
Boracare will penetrate the wood and kill the termites as they feed. Also, if you have access to underneath your house you can spray all the exposed wood there as well.
After treatment has successfully removed the Termite threat, you will want to make sure they don't return. A Taurus SC treatment can protect your house from future infestations for 5 to 7 years. The Bora-Care to all unfinished and wooden parts of your home can keep it protected for up to 12 years.
You can also continue to use Red Eye Monitoring Stations to monitor termite activity around your property before they reach your foundation. If the stations show termite activity treat them with Fipro. Use the application instructions on this guide to set up your Red Eye Monitoring Stations.
Other things you can do to prevent termites, include reducing moisture in your property. Fix leaky faucets, pipes, air conditioning units, or plumbing inside and outside your structure. Fix or repair weather stripping around windows and doors. Fix rain gutters that are not draining properly. Make sure your lawn is elevated and water does not collect in any area of the lawn. Fix roofs to prevent leaks and possible moisture inside the home.
Trim vegetation or ground cover away from the foundation. Do not allow mulch or soil to cover the foundation of your property. Pick up and discard wood debris (sticks, branches, logs, firewood) in your lawn. Remove tree stumps from the yard. Limit wood to soil contact by placing cinder blocks under wooden structures like outdoor furniture or tool sheds. And finally, fix ir replace your fences if they have taken too much moisture and are rotten.
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