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Got Termites? I Can Help

Termites are nasty critters that work their way into your home and destroy it from the inside out. My name is Linda, and I am a pest control specialist. I have seen many homes and other buildings absolutely destroyed by termites. A termite infestation can cause a great deal of time and money to fix, and I'd like to tell you how to avoid having termites in the first place. I'll also discuss the clues that you have termites in your home and what to do if you already have an infestation. You can fix a termite problem, but you should act as quickly as possible. Let me be your guide.

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Have Termites? Know How to Get Rid of Them

by Letitia Hunt

While termites can be a huge problem for a homeowner, dealing with them at the first sign of infestation can prevent those problems from occurring. Termites are known for eating wood, but the way that they actually consume wood is much different than how you may think they do it. Termites don't use acid for breaking down the wood. Instead, they utilize a special bacteria that breaks down wood cellulose. After the bacteria has done its job, all the wood that was exposed to the acid decomposes, and this allows termites to eat the wood. This is a process that can cause a lot of damage and require an expensive repair. Get rid of the termites using one of these three methods to prevent termite damage from happening.

Diatomaceous Earth

Are you concerned about whether the method used to get rid of the termites will be environmentally safe? If so, you will want to use diatomaceous earth, which is a sedimentary rock that is rich with silica. It works by attacking the termite's exoskeleton, which is a layer that keeps in moisture. Once the outer layer of the exoskeleton is gone, the diatomaceous earth will absorb the moisture from the termites. The termites end up dying due to water loss rather than poisoning.

Boric Acid

An alternative method is to use boric acid to exterminate the termites. This is an extermination method that has been known to be effective for quite some time, but it is a poison that is not environmentally safe. That said, boric acid is still one of the safer pesticides out there, and that is why you are able to purchase it at a local home-improvement store.

Boric acid works in a similar way as diatomaceous earth by attacking the termite's lipid exoskeleton and causing the termite to dehydrate. You spread the acid along the path that termites travel, and the boric acid will stick to the exoskeletons of the termites. The hope is that the termites also take the acid back to their nest, where it will affect other termites as well.

Professional Exterminators

If you are not up to the task of taking care of the termites on your own, always know that there are professional exterminators such as Eagle Pest Eliminators that can do the job for you. They have experience working with pesticides and knowing how termites behave. It's possible that their understanding will help them easily track down those termites and be quick and effective at exterminating them for good. 

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