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How to Naturally Protect Your Home from Termites When Remodeling

Keep Termites Away from the Wood in Your Home with These Tips

As any contractor will tell you, termites can be a major headache when you’re building a house from scratch or renovating an existing home. Wood is like catnip to termites, and you can bet that all those wood chips and dust are going to attract lots of wood-hungry critters and insects. At this point, many homeowners might reach for something toxic under their kitchen sink or at the local hardware store, but you don’t have to resort to toxic chemicals when you’re trying to keep termites at bay. There are many all-natural solutions to your termite problem.

Borate – A Natural Mineral

If you’re struggling to contain your termite problem during a home improvement project and you’re not exactly enthusiastic about spraying your home with a bunch of toxic chemicals, you can try using borate, a type of mineral that’s found naturally in the earth and in many plants and animals. But borate is also a natural termite and roach killer. You might be familiar with borate if one of your parents or grandparents used to sprinkle some of it in the washing machine. Typically, borate is used in a wide variety of products, including textile fiberglass, detergents and soaps, agricultural compounds, and, unsurprisingly, pest control products.

Using Boric Acid-Based Products

The pest control industry has been getting an earful from concerned homeowners like you that are worried about filling their homes with toxic chemicals. That’s why many pest control companies are switching to boric acid-based products that are free of toxic chemicals. These products usually come in a powder form.

Putting the Powder in the Right Spots

To get started, sprinkle some of the powder around the area where you’re working and other high-traffic areas for termites. This might include underneath major appliances, around crevices and narrow openings, and anywhere else you might have spotted a termite.

How Much Should You Use?

Most people make the mistake of pouring huge globs of powder on the floor, but the termites aren’t going to crawl on top of a large mound of mysterious white powder. Instead lightly coat the floor or the wall with a thin layer of powder. In order for the treatment to work, the termites will need to walk through the powder. Any wood they try to eat will be contaminated and they will die shortly afterward. So, it’s best to make the powder look invisible. Cut a small opening in the top of the container and pour the powder out slowly without letting too much collect on the floor.

Boric acid-based products are by far your best bet when it comes to killing termites naturally. You shouldn’t have to deal with a pest infestation when you’re trying to get some things done around the house.

If you’re looking for a reliable remodeling company that knows how to keep termites at bay, contact the professionals at CRC Builders!