Termites can do a great deal of damage to the structural integrity of a home or building. Knowing how to kill termites is very useful knowledge, especially if they are caught early on before much damage is done. It is a good idea to have a home or building inspected for termites every so often, because preventing termite infestation is much preferable than trying to get rid of them. However, if they are discovered, it is good to know how to kill termites.


When a home is built, the contractor will typically apply Borate on top of the paint as a coating that will protect the home from termites. Borate can also be used on older homes, but should be done by a professional. The Borate is applied to any exposed wood, especially in high risk areas such as shafts providing ventilation and basements.

Termite Baits

Baits will kill entire termite colonies and are designed especially for termites. Termites eat the bait and also take it back to the colony with them which poisons the rest of the colony. Termite baits should be placed by a termite professional because these are highly poisonous. The termite professional will place stakes around the home or building. The first set of stakes will be a test set made of only wood. These wood stakes are used to bait the termites to see if they will go to the stakes. If they do, then the termite professional will replace these wood stakes with the pesticide stakes. These stakes will have the poison on them that the termites will take back to their colonies.

Note*** Do no let pets or children around these pesticide stakes. They are harmful to both pets and children.

Liquid Termite Treatment

Liquid termite pesticide treatment works immediately to kill termites. It is applied around the edges and perimeter of the home or building. It creates a barrier that the termites cannot cross and kills existing termites. This liquid is also sprayed into cracks and crevices and anywhere else termites can exist. This treatment can protect a home or building for several years. Ideally, this treatment should be done before noticing any signs of termite infestation.

After eliminating the termites from the home or building, the goal is to prevent any from returning. Termites like moisture and wood, so it is important to regularly clean gutters and ensure all the drains are cleared and draining properly. Check for leaking faucets, both inside and outside and if you have a cistern, check for leaks around the seams. Check the house or building for signs of cracking because termites will enter through foundation cracks.

Clear up and throw away and wood debris, cardboard, boxes, or branches around the home or building. Move any wood piles away from the home or building. Cut back branches so they do not touch the roof or the house or building. Termites living in any of these can and will migrate to the house or building. If you have a fireplace or a barbeque pit, use wood that termites do not like such as cedar or redwood and do not keep it up against the house.

It is good to know how to kill termites, but it is even better to not get them at all.

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