Termite Treatment

Termite Killer: Best 5 Proven Termite Killers and Using Methods

We all are well aware of this termite problem and tired of its destruction. Therefore, choosing a termite killer becomes very important. Although there are many treatment methods and products to eliminate termites, we have 5 proven ones that will definitely help you not only to exterminate termites but prevent them as well, so you never get to see termites in your house.

Fortunately, these termite killer products can kill other pests as well. Therefore, you will not only get rid of termites but other pests as well such as ants and bugs. There are few methods you must follow to use any termite killer and get 100% results. Remember, if you use termite killer not according to the method or as per mentioned label on the product you might not get 100% effective results.

Termite Killer and Using Methods

All termite killer products have their own methods. Some products are made for outdoor use and some are made for indoor use. We will cover all the best options, so you should know exactly which method and product to use for your specific type of infestation.

Termites are the hardest pest to get rid of because they came back even after extermination. Therefore, we always suggest, after extermination, plan preventions as well. Or use methods that not only eliminate termites but prevent them as well.

5 Proven Termite Killer Methods:

  1. Bait Stations:

The bait station is one of the very useful methods not only to kill termites but control them coming back into the house or any structure as well. The bait works as a barrier to stop termites and other insects from entering the building. These are the plastic cylinders that contain termite killers. Baits are installed below the ground around the structure of any building.  Do you know?  There is a bait station installed around the White house as well.

Termite Bait Stations

Different pest control companies around the world offer bait station services to prevent and kill termites. They also give you guarantees as well. When termite control companies install bait stations, they check their performance, replace them, and refill it with termite killer chemicals if needed. Overall, a bait station is a good termite treatment as it not only kills termites but prevents them as well. Moreover, it is a safe and proven method around the world. Bait stations normally cost around 5$ a linear foot.

  1. Wood Treatment:

Wood treatment can prevent dry wood termites and carpenter ants which are very destructive to the wooden structure of a house. There are different ways to do the wood treatment. Commonly wood companies use borax powder while making wooden structures before paint so they can be safe from termites attacks. Another way to do the wood treatment is to make a little hole in the wood and fill it with liquid termiticide that kills termites and prevents termites as well. The cost of wood treatment depends on the damaged wood and termiticide that is used during the treatment.

  1. Soil Treatment:

Sol treatment can exterminate subterranean termites and some other pests as well. In that procedure, you have to dig a trench around the structure of your house and fill it with termiticide and insecticide. It prevents and kills termites and other soil insects and species of ants. Soil treatment costs depend on the type of termiticide that is used in soil treatment and the size of the structure.

  1. Tenting:

Tenting is a procedure to eliminate termites instantly and it is especially for those structures that have a severe infestation. In the tenting procedure, the company covers the structure with a tent and fumigates the area with termite-killing gas. Companies use Sulfuryl fluoride to exterminate termites in tenting procedures. It is a little expensive procedure but a very effective treatment for termites.

Termite Tenting

For tenting, you must have a professional to do the work for you. In that procedure, homeowners have to leave the house with some essentials that can be affected by fumigation gas such as plants, food items, and pets. The procedure takes normally 3 days to terminate the termite completely from the structure. The cost of tenting depends on the size of the structure and infestation. Normally tenting for termites cost $2000. We recommend termite tenting fumigation when you have a severe infestation in your structure. Although tenting can vanish termites completely from the structure, it does not prevent termites. Thus, plan prevention as well after the tenting treatment.

  1. Specific Spot Treatment:

Specific spot treatment is cheap as it is for the specific infested place. In that procedure, termite killer foam or spray is used and it can be treated by anyone. There are DIY solutions also available to do this kind of treatment. For the specific spot treatment, you can make your own termiticide using household products such as tide soap and detergents. Do you know, sunlight is a natural termite killer? People used to get rid of termites with the help of sunlight as termites hate direct sunlight on them. There are some other natural termite killer recipes such as orange oil spray. Mix orange oil in water and spray it on the infected area and keep doing it until you get rid of termites. Remember, any DIY solution can not be better than any professional treatment. Therefore, if you have a severe infestation, contact a professional.

 Top 5 Termite Killer Products:

When the general public is stuck with a termite infestation, they often ask what the best termite killer is. We have discussed the termite extermination procedure now let’s discuss the 5 proven and best termite killers that are used in these procedures.

Bonide Termite and Carpenter Ant Killer:

Bonide is one of the best termites and carpenter ant killers available in the market. It does not only kill subterranean termites and carpenter ants, it kills carpenter bees, crickets, fleas, fire ants, house flies, mosquitoes, wasps, bugs, and many other pests as well. Bonide is for soil and wood treatment. After the treatment, the chemical keeps working for at least 5 years. It kills termites and other insects whenever they come in contact with it. Remember, always read the manufacturer instructions given on the usage label and use the product according to that.

Bonide Termite and Carpenter Ant Killer

To use Bonide, dig a trench around the structure of your house and fill it with Bonide termiticide. Mix Bonide in water according to the guideline and then apply it for the treatment. Bonide termiticide 32 oz price is around $40. Bonide is a company that has been providing different termiticides, insecticides, and pesticides since 1926.

The main ingredient of Bonide termite killer is Permethrin that has the capability to kill different kinds of pests.

Permethrin:

  • Formula: C21H20Cl2O3
  • Boiling point: 200 °C
  • Melting point: 34 °C
  • Density: 19 g/cm³
  • Brand names that contain permethrin: Bonide, Nix, Rid.

Bayer Advanced Carpenter Ant and Termite Killer Plus:

Bayer termite killer is a very effective solution against termites especially for carpenter ants and different species of termites. The Bayer carpenter ant and termite killer concentrate can be used after mixing in water. You can use it around your home, fence posts, woodpiles, garages and kill pests,

Also, Bayer advanced termite and carpenter bee killer plus foam can protect your homes from termites, ants as well as bees. Bayer termite killing products contain Imidacloprid, which is a very effective chemical against pests. It is also used in different plant protection products as well because it can kill different types of insects that affect plants and lawns.

Bayer Advanced Carpenter Ant and Termite Killer Plus

Bayer advanced carpenter ant and termite killer plus reviews, many certified pest control companies use Bayer products and it is also for sale to the general public. In their review, the Bayer products work really well because they can kill different types of insects.

Also, in our Bayer termite killer review, we have found a good efficiency rate as compared to different products.

Imidacloprid:

  • Formula: C9H10ClN5O2
  • Molar mass: 661 g/mol
  • Solubility in water: 51 g/L (20 °C)
  • The brand that uses Imidacloprid: Temprid SC,  FUSE Insecticide, Premise Granules, Bayer termiticide.

Borate Wood Treatment For Drywood Termites And Carpenter Ants:

Borate is a very useful element to treat wood against termites and carpenter ants. The Borate wood is naturally made up of minerals that protect the wood from fungus, termites, and other wooden destructive compounds. Borax powder or sodium borate contains boric acid, which affects the termite’s digestive system and as result, termites die. Boric acid is also an ingredient of our household detergents. Therefore, in DIY solutions washing powder works really well against termites’ specialty in wood treatment.

Borate is used in different wooden interior stuff to keep them safe from different kinds of destruction. Also, other than boric acid you can use Termidor foam in wood treatment to kill termites and prevent the wood from pests like carpenter ants.

Boric Acid:

  • Formula: H3BO3
  • Molar mass: 61.83 g/mol
  • Melting point: 170.9 °C
  • Density: 1.44 g/cm³
  • Shape and Color: white, powdery substance with colorless crystals

Ortho Termite Killer:

For treating and protecting wood from termites and other wood-destroying insects around your home’s perimeter or hardwood surfaces, use Ortho. It is one of the best termite killer sprays, you can use ortho at home perimeters, woodpiles, wood surfaces, fences, and tree stumps. To use ortho, first shake the ortho bottle well then pour 3.2 fl oz in a spray jar then set your spray at 1 TBS setting, connect water pipe into the sprayer, and start spraying. The price of ortho insecticide is around $20. Also, to apply ortho you can buy an adjustable Ortho Dial N Spray Hose End Sprayer for $12 which is very helpful to apply ortho and other sprays as well.

Ortho Termite Killer

Bifenthrin is an active ingredient of ortho termite and carpenter ant killer that is very useful against termites, bugs, and ants. Many brands have bifenthrin active ingredients in their products for pest treatment. Furthermore, ortho is the best termite killer in India and very popular as well. Moreover, Spectracide termite and carpenter ant killer is also a very known and very effective brand just like ortho to kill termites and other pests. Also, Spectracide is the best termite killer in the Philippines as well.

Bifenthrin:

  • Formula: C23H22ClF3O2
  • Melting point: 69 °C
  • Molar mass: 422.87 g·mol−1
  • Brands that use bifenthrin: Talstar, Ortho, Bifen XTS, Zipak, Biforce etc.

Sentricon:

Sentricon is one of the most popular bait stations to prevent and exterminate termites from any structure. Many companies offer Sentricon bait stations service in their region. Also, some companies offer guarantees as well after installing bait stations.

Once you install a Sentricon bait station it will remain active for a long time but it will require some maintenance and refilling if needed. One more thing, it is not an instant termite killer but yes it can kill termites as it affects the molting process of termites. Furthermore, if we talk about termites prevention then Sentricon bait stations are the best among many other prevention systems.

The cost of a Sentricon bait station depends on the size of the structure.  It can be between $2000 to $4000.

The active ingredient of Sentricon is hexaflumuron. That affects the molting process of termites and as result termites die eventually. Many bait station systems around the world use hexaflumuron in their bait station brand to eliminate and prevent termites.

Hexaflumuron:

  • Formula: C16H8Cl2F6N2O3
  • Molar mass: 461.14 g/mol
  • Molecular Weight: 461.1 g/mol
  • Brand names that use hexaflumuron: SHATTER termite bait, Sentricon bait stations, Hex-Pro Termite Baiting System

DIY Termite Killer

To make your own termites killer spray, you need to have a detergent which is a very common household product and available in almost all homes. Now take a spray bottle, fill it with water and mix detergent in it and your termite killer spray is ready. Now spray it on specific spots where you suspect termites.

Detergents contain boric acid which is very effective against termites and carpenter ants. It affects the digestive system of termites. Therefore, after the spray termites and carpenter ants leave the spot or die. Also, you can use orange oil and salt as well to make your own organic termite killer.

List of Termite Killer Home Remedy:

  • Salt
  • Orange oil
  • Detergents
  • Sunlight
  • Cayenne and Black Pepper

People Also Asks:

  1. Can I treat my home for termites myself?

Yes, you can treat your home on your own. Although a professional can do better work, still you can do the treatment for termites if the infestation is not severe. Otherwise, if the infestation is severe then you must go for professional treatment. Also, there are termite killers available in the market for a specific spot treatment that you can use to kill termites. Moreover, you can make your own termites killer while using household products such as tide soap and detergents.

  1. What kills termites instantly?

If the infestation is severe then tenting is a good procedure to kill termites instantly as compared to soil and wood treatment or bait stations. The tenting treatment uses Sulfuryl fluoride as a fumigation gas that kills termite instantly. Also, it has the capability to go to different places in the structure because of its gas foam. If we talk about soil and wood treatment then Termidor is an instant killer that is used in soil treatment and borax powder is also an instant killer that is used in wood treatment.

  1. How do you kill termites yourself?

To kill termites yourself you must have a termite killer, remember if you have a severe infestation then go for professional treatment because severe infestation takes a lot of professional kills to get rid of termites. Otherwise, you can buy termite killer from the market and use it as per its label. Also, you can make your own termite killer and use it for specific spot treatment and kill termites.

  1. What is the most effective way to treat termites?

It depends on the type of infestation, there are a lot of procedures that companies adopt to kill termites such as tenting fumigation, soil treatment, wood treatment, and baiting stations. Now it depends on what kind of infestation you have. If you have a severe infestation then tenting can kill termites instantly approximately in 3 days but it does not prevent termites. If you want to have long-term precautions as well then bait stations are a good idea. Because it kills termites and prevents termites as well but it is a little slow.

  1. Should I treat termites myself?

If the infection of termites in your structure is severe then you must not treat termites on your own. Termites can cause a lot of damage to your house. If you are gonna do the treatment on your own it will take time and there is no guarantee that your work will give you the desired result. Therefore, contact a professional service to do the work for you if there is a severe infestation in your house. If the infestation is not severe then you can do the treatment on your own. Especially for a specific spot treatment, you can use termite spray or DIY solutions on your own.

  1. Can Salt Kill Termites?

Salt can kill termites as termites avoid salty water. To make a salt termite killer, take a jar, fill it with warm water and mix salt in it then apply it to a specific place where you are expecting termites. Remember, even though salt can kill termites, it is not a professional and guaranteed solution. Therefore, you must try other professional and DIY solutions as well to get 100% results.

  1. Does bleach kill termites?

There are different kinds of bleaches in the market, not all bleaches can kill termites. If the bleach contains any termite killer ingredient in it that can kill termites such as Clorox bleach. The main ingredient in Clorox bleach is sodium hypochlorite that can kill termites.

  1. What attracts termites to a home?

A house with no proper ventilation is an invitation for termites. Therefore, always maintain proper ventilation. Also, do not leave leakage pipe unrepaired for a long time because it spreads moisture in the house which is good for termites. Do you know, termites hate sunlight, therefore, if the sunlight directly comes into your house it can prevent termites.

  1. What is the best termite killer?

It depends on what procedure you are adopting to terminate termites. For soil treatment, Termidor SC is a good termite killer. For wood treatment, the borax powder is very effective. If you are installing a bait station then Sentricon is a very popular and effective termite killer.

  1. How much does it cost to spray for termites?

Spray for termites cost depends on the size of the infestation and the product that is used while spraying for termites. There are different sprays for termite killers such as Taurus SC, Bifen XTS, Spectracide, and Termidor Foam; they are available in the market at different prices. For the normal size of the infestation, the treatment cost can be between $500 to $1000.

Conclusion:

These were the top termite killers that are used in different termite treatment procedures. Remember, to have a 100% result always use termite killer according to its label. All the termite killers have their own way to kill termites because they all contain different active ingredients. Therefore, always expect results on the type of termite killer. Some termite killers kill termites fast but they remain active a few times. Some termite killers might be slow but they can remain active for several years. Thus, choose a termite killer according to your need and the procedure that you are adopting to kill termites. Go ahead and choose your termite termination procedure and product and get rid of termites forever.

Megan K Carroll

Dr. Megan K Carroll is a doctoral candidate. Researcher and expert in Pests and Pest Control, as well as their effects on our surroundings. The audience of this blog will receive insight and knowledge from Megan K Carroll. This blog greatly appreciates your support.

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