Wood and the plants’ roots are the most favourite foods for termites. Unlike ants, termites don’t have to go foraging in the homes and outside. They find their favourite cellulose-based diet directly from the wood and the soil.
If you are a homeowner and come across some structures that indicate you may have a termite infestation, quickly contact your local professional pest control experts. Sometimes, identifying termites infestation in a garden setting is not possible until there is an entire infestation. But there are ways you can deal with the pesky termites. Not that you can exterminate them in case of an infestation but doing something is better than not doing anything at all.
Here are some ways you can use to get rid of termites in plants.
1. Use beneficial Nematodes
If you have heard of them already, you know what they do. Nematodes are microscopic roundworms and can kill pests amazingly fast. They quickly get into the host’s body and release their gut poison that makes these termites and other insects bleed to death. Using beneficial nematodes is one of the most effective natural methods for getting rid of your garden termites.
2. Keep The Moisture To The Minimum
Moisture is the ideal condition for termites to live, feed, and breed. Termites can carry on with their lives pretty easily when there is moisture around. Our gardens are usually full of moisture and moisture-causing objects. Sometimes there is stagnant water which not only houses termites but also brings in mosquitoes. If your house’s wood structures are in contact with the soil, make sure that wood is treated with chemicals to stop the termites in their tracks.
3. Use Boric Acid
Boric acid is widely available in powder form. Some stores even have the already-prepared solution of boric acid that can come in handy to treat pests such as termites. If you are worried about termites’ infestation in the plants, make a boric acid solution and put it inside a sprayer. Take proper precautions while preparing the solution. Once the solution is ready, start spraying it directly on the areas infested with termites.
4. Use Bait Stations
If the plants in your garden are at risk from the termites, you can also use this very effective method for getting rid of them. Bait stations work well with termites’ infestation if used effectively. You can set up the baits under the soil near your plants. The bait station should be baited with some non-toxic food item to attract the termites, and there should also be poison in it to kill them. You don’t have to worry about all this composition because most store-bought bait stations come with all the instructions and necessary accessories.
5. Use Professional Help
If everything fails, you can simply call the nearest pest control team. They have all the experience, skills, expertise, and instruments that you don’t have. Obviously, you don’t have to deal with pests. It’s not your job. So, why not let the best pest control experts come and give you a visit.
Sometimes when we use DIY methods for treating pests, we forget about how far we have come along. The more time we take to figure out the best approach to deal with the pest, the more infestation occurs. Eventually, we end up with a heavy infestation and then call the professional pest controllers. If you think you can do it on your own right from the start, only then go for it.