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Terrill from No . Fort Myers,florida 33917 writes,

What can I use to kill termites in my home?


To answer your question accuratly, we need to know if you are treating for Drywood Termites or Subterranean Termites. If you are uncertain of the type of termites you have, please read the following articles to help determine which type of termite you are treating for.

Subterranean Termites

Subterranean Termites are best treated with a product like Termidor SC. To protect and treat your home for termite infestations, Termidor must be mixed with water and poured in a 6-inch deep trench that is dug around the foundation of the home. Most homeowners that apply Termidor themselves use a 5 gallon bucket. It takes longer, because you can only mix 5 gallons at a time, but it gets the job done. You should apply 4 gallons of Termidor every 10 lineal feet around the foundation of your home. Homeowners can estimate 4 gallons by using a 5 gallon bucket and only filling the bucket most of the way full. You will need to dig a small trench against the foundation of the home about 6 inches deep and 6 inches wide, into which you will pour the finished solution and mix it with the soil. It is also important to treat the backfill, which is the dirt that you took out of the trench laying next to it. If you just put this dirt back untreated, the termites could go through this untreated section and not be affected. You should either push the dirt back in right away to mix with the 4 gallons you put in the trench, or take a one gallon sprayer and soak the backfill dirt down before pushing it back in the trench. This will create a termite-proof barrier around your home that will last up to 10 years. Please read the label carefully when applying Termidor as it will give more detailed instructions and precautions.

How to Perform a Termite Treatment

Drywood Termites

Drywood termites are different from other common termite species because they are able to live in dry, un-decayed wood without any requirement for contact with the soil. For this reason drywood termite control is fairly straightforward. Ground treatments are not needed in the case of drywood termites. Rather, possible drywood termite treatment options include fumigation and spot or wood treatments with Boracare. Boracare is applied to raw untreated wood and Bora-Care will penetrate the wood and termites will die.  BoraCare also leaves a residual behind, protecting against future infestation for the life of the wood.  If the wood to be treated is sealed or stained, as with wooden furniture, you will first need to sand and remove the finish so the treatment will be absorbed. However, once you have treated the wood, you can then reapply the stain, paint, or sealant on top of the Bora Care.

Answer last updated on: 11/05/2014

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