How to Get Rid of Carpet Termites

There is really no such thing as carpet termites, but there is such a thing as termites infesting carpeting. Usually, termites like to burrow from the soil to a home’s foundation. These are called subterranean termites, and they are the most common type of termite said a termite control company. Another common termite is the Dampwood termite.

Whatever the type, sometimes they find other sources of food inside the home. Unfortunately, sometimes the source is carpeting. This can be due to the fact that some carpeting is made of cellulose materials that attract the pests and encourage them to start nibbling. You will notice they have invaded your carpets by the holes that they leave behind.

There are two basic ways to get rid of termites once they start attacking your carpets. You can call a professional pest control company to visit your home, assess the situation and devise a treatment.

This is perhaps the most effective, but most expensive way to handle the situation. For some homeowners, they are not comfortable with the types of chemicals used to exterminate termites.

There are orange oil products that many pest control companies use to take care of termites with no harm to one’s home or person. However, if you are in need of getting the termites under control before calling on a pest control company here are some things to do to get the situation under control.

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Delsea bed bugs New Jersey based company said visit your local home improvement center and buy a substance called sodium borate.  A name-brand product is “Borax.” This is also an effective cleanser and in most instances, it is safe to use. It is derived from lakes and is about as dangerous as salt or baking soda. Get enough to cover all the affected carpets so that you can see a thin layer all over the carpet once you sprinkle it onto the surface.

You will want to wait up to five days before vacuuming it off the carpets. That is a long time, but let the Borax do its work. It will effectively kill the termites. If you are unable to get an appointment with your local pest control company, this is a more affordable and non-toxic option.

It might take patience, but it will be worth it. Once, the five days have elapsed, vacuum the entire surface. Empty your vacuum cup or bag into a garbage bag and dispose of it outdoors. Repeat the process of vacuuming to ensure all the termites have been removed from the area.

Placing the bag or contents of the vacuum cup outside minimizes the chance of reinfesting the carpets with any termites that might have escaped the Borax.

While you are waiting out the five days, try to stay off the carpets. However, if you, your children or pets happen to walk over them it is not a problem. The substance is safe and as long as you take care to avoid the carpets, the termites will still be eliminated using this non-toxic method.

Patricia McLean

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