There are various home plans for getting rid of insects in your home. You may even have tried a few yourself. Pest control is an essential upkeep for any home. When bugs decide to move in, you typically want to get out. It is important to know which home remedies work, and when you should call an expert.

Termites are a common pest for many homes. There are five types of termites: cone head, wet woods, dry woods, Formosan, and subterranean. Although any of these can be found in your home regardless of where you live, the most common type of termites is the dry wood termite that feeds on wood. Subterranean termites create mounds outside but have been known to come into homes from underneath.

Close up image of termite workers.

How do you know that you have termites? There are a few simple clues. If you find bubbling paint on the wall or cracked paint, this signifies that termites may be eating through the interior of your home’s structure. If you can knock on wood and hear an echo, this may mean that termites are feeding on wood cellulose. You will want to check frequently for termites as they are not seasonal and can invade your home at any time.

If you have termites or suspect that they are living in a piece of furniture, take it outside and expose it to direct sunlight. Do this for 3 to 5 days. You may also wet a cardboard box and place it near the piece of furniture or another wood area. You have to make sure to burn and remove termites immediately when they start colonizing and feeding in the box.

Image guide on exposing termites to sunglight.

There are also essentials that can be used to get rid of or deter termites. Orange oil extract has been found to kill over 65 percent of termites when sprayed in their direction. It contains d-limonene, which is toxic to insects. It is particularly effective in killing subterranean termites. Neem oil is safe, nontoxic, and helps to chase away wood termites. It prevents them from molting and causes them to stop eating and laying eggs. You can also spray wood surfaces with borax simply to deter termites.

While home remedies are encouraged, remember always to contact a trained professional when there is a severe termite infection in your home. If you are looking for quality pest controller in Palm Desert, Bug Guys Pest Control is what you need.

The experts at Bug Guys will make sure that your home is thoroughly rid of termites. For over 20 years, we have been providing quality pest control for homeowners in Indio, the Coachella Valley, and the surrounding area.


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