How To Eliminate Termites

Termites are a common household and garden pest that eat away at wood, which means that they can be a fairly destructive force if an infestation takes hold. While they don't carry diseases and won't harm you or your pets, they can cause a great deal of structural damage to your deck, floors, walls, and any other wood based parts of your yard and home. Thankfully, there are a number of pest control treatment options that you can take to control and eliminate a termite population within your home or garden.

Cardboard Traps

The easiest way to cut down on your termite population is to set up multiple cardboard traps. You can make these traps yourself: they're simply several layers of cardboard laid over each other, set out in an area with a high termite population. Leave them out for a couple of hours. Termites will begin to feed on the cardboard: once you're satisfied that the cardboard is filled with pests, you can simply pick it up and take it away to be burnt. While this won't kill all the termites in your home and garden, having several traps out at once can severely curtail their population.

Boric Acid

Boric acid is a common pest killing chemical that can be purchased at most hardware stores. You can use boric acid in combination with cardboard traps and other methods to eliminate large amounts of termites at once. You can spray the acid over wooden installations that are at risk or already infested with termites to kill them quickly. You can also purchase boric acid traps, which contain bait to attract termites, and leave them around your home and your garden. However, keep in mind that boric acid is a poison, and care should be taken with small children and pets.


Most garden supply stores will sell nematodes, which are small parasites that feed on a large amount of garden pests, including termites. They feed on termites and breed, which means that once applied, they can often quickly spread throughout an entire infestation, eliminating it completely. All you have to do is spread nematodes by hand around the infested area in your garden or home: they'll do the rest. Depending on the size and scope of your termite problem, you may want to apply several coatings of nematodes and still make use of the above two methods to fully eliminate the entire termite colony.