Does Natural Termite Control Work?

Basic Information

Because termite infestations oftentimes go unnoticed until they are widespread and have caused considerable damage, it is advised that homeowners employ the services of a professional pest control company to address infestations. However, there are natural termite control methods that exist but have limited effect.

Control Methods

In order to prevent termites from entering your home, there are numerous ways to secure your property by employing natural methods. Certain woods have proven to be naturally resistant to termites. These include redwood, bald cypress and black walnut. However, most resistant woods are can still be consumed by termites. Biological control is becoming more popular as these methods do not involve any manmade chemicals. One technique is to apply beneficial nematodes to termite nests. These microscopic, threadlike animals have been used as pest control for years: they are added to water and then poured into the openings of the nests. As the water washes onto the termites they become infected with nematodes.

Challenges of Control

The use of nematodes and less palatable woods are not a effective solution to a termite infestation. Due to their sheer numbers and determination, termite infestations will not be sufficiently controlled by these tools. As the wood ages it becomes more palatable and moisture damage can further expedite the process. The nematodes will kill termites, but it often is difficult to get enough of the treatment to the entire colony.

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