Every year, termites account for one to two billion dollars worth of damage. Subterranean termites are to blame for the majority of the mess, feeding on wood byproducts found in many home construction materials. If you suspect that your home is infested with termites, there are some techniques available to help you address the problem on your own. In this article, we will outline the steps necessary for DIY termite control with fuel and oil.
Step 1 – Using a shovel, dig a series of trenches around the perimeter of your property. You’ll want to dig closely to the foundation and around the entire building where applicable. These areas have been found as the main entry point for most breeds of termites. Your trenches should be at least 3 to 6 inches in depth.
Step 2 – Do not dispose of the dirt, but rather lay it next to the trench. Once the application is completed, the dirt will be returned to trench.
Step 3 – Using a pick, make a series of holes in the bottom of the trench. Once again, this should be as close to the foundation as possible. Holes should also be angled toward the foundation as a way to break through to the termite tunnels. If your holes do not make it into a tunnel, discard it, creating another hole a few feet away.
Step 4 – If you don’t have one already, purchase a water can and fill it with fuel, oil or orange peel oil, commonly called orange oil.
Step 5 – Grab a funnel and position it into one of the pick holes. With your water can, slowly four the fuel down the funnel. Use a small amount and move along to the next hole in your trench.
Step 6 – Once you have completed pouring oil or fuel into each hole, go back around to the first hole and check on it’s status. If the soil has absorbed the fuel add some additional fluid to it. Continue this process with the other holes.
Step 7 – Give the fuel a good 24 hours to sink into the soil. Once this period of time has passed, apply an additional application of fuel to each hole.
Step 8 – Next, grab your shovel and push the dirt back into the trench. Make sure when doing so that the dirt is compact and compressed. This can be accomplished by using the back side of the shovel. Termites always return to their home base for moisture, and when denied access they will ultimately die. Termites that happen to be in the tunnel system will be killed off by the fuel application.
Give this process a week to take effect. If you don’t notice any difference, you may want to consider hiring on a professional exterminator for termite control. He or she will be able to inspect your property and provide you with service you need to protect your home and avoid infestations down the road.