How to get rid of termites
Termites are extremely minute creature which reside in the subterranean level. Termites feed on wood that is usually moist or exposed to the elements. Termite infestations are particularly dangerous since they act silently and hidden away from sight. By the time termite infestations are identified, it may be too late and beyond help. Termites may be found in any and all kinds of houses since they all posses and provide the kind of food that termites feast on- cellulose based plant material. Independent of the construction material or the construction style, termites will always find a way to reach their desired food- cellulose based material. The scientific classification of termites is as a detrivore. They usually feed on dead plants, tress and dead parts of living trees. Termites feed on dead wood, which explains why they are attracted to household furniteure such as shelves, racks, decks and cupboards. Termites must be eliminated and exterminated as and when spotted, here are few helpful suggestions on ridding your house of termites/
- Using cardboard traps
Termites are attracted towards their food- cellulose. This attraction can be turned against them effectively using the cardboard trap. Cardboard contains rich concentrations of cellulose which termites are attracted to, thereby making it a simple and effective trap. To construct the trap several flat strips of cardboard are wet and stacked one on top of the other in an area infested by termites. Attracted by the cellulose content in the cardboards, the termites will make a beeline for the cardboard stack. When the cardboard has become infested with termites, it may be taken out and burned to kill the infesting termites. The process is repeated in multiple sites and multiple times to completely eliminate the termite threat. While burning the cardboard it must be ensured that they are burnt in a safe area and away from children as much as possible. The cardboard must be burned thoroughly, ideally in a silo or a metallic bin, so that no termite survives and returns back to the colony.
- Beneficial nematodes
Beneficial nematodes are small unsegmented worms that are natural parasites ti garden pests such as termites and other invasive insects. The nematodes feed on hosts such as termite larvae, and spider eggs and burrow into them usually causing death within 48 hours. These nematodes use the host’s carcass as a resting place and also as a site for spawning. Nematodes are usually available for purchase from garden supply stores or even online. Nematodes must ideally be used as soon as they are purchased. They must be stored away from direct sunlight, as direct sunlight contains UV rays which affect these nematodes adversely and dehydrate their gelatinous bodies.