5 ways to rid of termites in the garden

by Greg on January 11, 2020

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Termites are one of the most destructive insects that are likely to invade your home and garden, they feed on cellulose, a basic building block of all plants so if your home is made of timber you are playing a fair game for them unless you undertake precautions such as a termite treatment on the Gold Coast.

As most termite infestations start in your garden, that is the first place you need to look and treat for termites.

How to get rid of termites in your garden

One choice is to use a professional termite treatment company on The Gold Coast. If you prefer to do it yourself, you can use these methods:

1. Install a Liquid Termite Barrier

This method will kill all the termites in your garden and prevent a re-infestation.

Apply a liquid termite killer around all wooden structures, trees and stumps as well as all the foundations of your home. Its advantages are:

  • The termites cannot detect it so can’t avoid it and its non repellent
  • It’s spread by contact so when a few termites contact it, they will spread it through their colony
  • These poisons are slow acting so affected termites have the time required to spread it around

How to use

  • Mix a solution according to the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Dig a trench around the area you wish to treat about 150mm wide and 150mm deep (6x6in)
  • Spray the solution into the trench at the rate indicated and allow to sink in before refilling the trench with soil
  • This treatment can last up to ten years

2. Poisoned Bait

Some people are not too happy about spraying large amounts of pesticide sprayed around their home so baits are a good alternative and work in a similar way to the liquid termite barrier

How to use
Consider the size of your garden and the area you wish to treat

  • Make a sketch plan of your garden and locate areas where you have termite activity
  • Place the poison bates in holes about 150mm (6in) deep and about 3m (10ft) apart
  • Replace baits every 12 months

3. Direct Chemical Treatment

This is done by applying chemical foam into areas where termites are detected so they will come into direct contact and spread the poison around the colony for a good termite treatment on The Gold Coast

4. Borax

This is a totally natural product and takes about 4 to 7 days to work on exposed termites

How to use
Can be used as a powder or in solution

  • Apply power to the affected areas around the garden and cracks around your home
  • Spray a borax solution directly onto plants, wooden surfaces or infested soil

5. Beneficial Nematodes

Beneficial nematodes are very small roundworms that like to feed on termites, but are totally harmless to humans.

How to Use
Add the nematodes to moist potting mix and spread it around the garden where termites are likely to be at dusk as they are sensitive to sunlight.

When looking for a good termite treatment on The Gold Coast, consider using a Liquid Termite Barrier, poison bates or a direct chemical contact solution if you prefer a non-chemical approach the use borax powder or solution of live predators such as nematodes to eat them.

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