Subterranean termites live in the soil and build nests there. The subterranean termite treatment process usually involves treating both the inside of your home or structure and the surrounding soil.

The active mature colonies are usually inside a wall, hidden from sight. Unless you see swarmers or alates flying around outside, you need to perform an inspection to determine if you have an active infestation. You will usually find active subterranean termites if you see mud tubes on your foundation walls or swarming in your yard or house in late summer or early fall.

Subterranean termite control is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. There are several different subterranean termites in the United States, and some are easier to kill than others. A good subterranean termite treatment will get rid of all the pests in your home or business, leaving nothing behind to come back and haunt you later.

Chemical Treatments for Subterranean Termites

Chemical treatments for subterranean termites usually combine pesticides and an insect growth regulator. The insect growth regulator prevents termite colonies from reproducing and growing. The treatment you choose depends on the active ingredient in the insecticide that is most effective against termites. Some termiticides contain two or more active ingredients that have been proven effective in controlling subterranean termites.

If you have a home that has been affected by termites, you may want to consider using a chemical barrier treatment instead of bait stations or dusting. Chemical barrier treatments work by sinking past the soil surface and spreading out over the surrounding area to create a chemical barrier for new colonies around your home.

If there is any termite activity within this area, they will die once they come into contact with it. This type of treatment is meant to be applied around the entire perimeter of your home, so make sure you check thoroughly before using it to make sure there are no places where it could drip down into your walls or foundation.

Chemical treatments are a very effective way to kill termites, but they’re not a cure-all. Because of the high cost of these treatments, it’s essential to be sure that you’re dealing with subterranean termites before you begin. Retaining a professional who can identify the type of termite infestation is your best bet for successfully eradicating an infestation.  

Wood Treatment for Subterranean Termite Colony


 Photo: Destroyed wood infested with subterranean termites

Direct wood treatment can be a very effective termite treatment if the infestation is limited to a section of wood or a small area. However, there are many areas where the termites are not limited to one or two structures but instead spread out over large distances. In these cases, other methods are needed.

Direct wood treatment does not work for dry wood termites unless the product can be applied under pressure, which is difficult because of the spaces between pieces of wood. It’s also possible to drill holes into the wood, but this will not reach most of the galleries and crevices where dry wood termites are located.

Treating an entire building with direct wood treatment products is not only expensive but may also be challenging to accomplish effectively. If you were able to treat every piece of wood in a home, it would take thousands of gallons of product, which would have to be delivered by truck and then distributed throughout the home.

Direct wood treatment works best when the infestation is limited to one area or part of a structure and when the population of termites is small. In addition, there are many other types of products available that can penetrate and kill termites that live in deeply-buried crawl spaces.

Alternative Ways to Get Rid of Subterranean Termites

 Apply Borax Powder

Borax powder is one of the most effective and standard methods used for controlling this type of termite. You can make your borax bait by mixing equal amounts of sugar and borax. Place this mixture around cracks and openings where the insects enter your house or directly into their nest.  

Ensure that you have removed any other food sources from around your house since the termites will be attracted to the bait. The powder should be placed in small piles where you see activity or on a piece of cardboard about one inch from where you see activity.

Spray Orange Oil

Spraying orange oil is one way to keep your home free of these destructive pests. Orange oil is derived from the peels of oranges, and it is highly toxic to termites. When you spray it directly on an individual termite or the colony itself, they will die within a few days. If you want to kill off entire colonies, spray the oil directly onto areas where you know they hibernate or reside. Orange oil will also deter them from trying to come into certain areas again in the future, saving you more time and money in the long run.

Use a termite bait system

If you think you have a subterranean termite problem, use a termite bait system. This is also the best way to get rid of subterranean termites as it will kill them when they consume the poison in the bait. These systems are placed inside your home and around your home’s foundation perimeter. You can bait them with various products, including those made from boric acid or diatomaceous earth. Follow the label’s instructions precisely so that you don’t do more harm than good. 

Talk to a pest control expert

When you have subterranean termites, it’s important to immediately take care of the problem. Waiting too long can make the task much more complex and costly. The best way to approach this problem is to talk to a professional pest control expert about getting rid of termites in your home.

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