Does anyone have any tips on how to get rid of ground termites without using chemicals or pesticides? We have 2 mounds that we need to get rid of before they start infecting my house. We live in a wooded area and do not want to hurt the local wildlife or my pets for that matter. Any proven suggestions would help? Thanks.
By acassel from Pipersville, PA
I think that is what we had coming into our garage. We finally poured bleach along the outside edge by the garage door. It took to applications but we haven't seen one since.
You could try boiling water poured over the mounds. Here in Texas we use this to kill fire ant mounds. quite effective.
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I would highly suggest gettting some chickens and/or ducks. I have a regular size residential back yard that includes approx 20' x 40' vegetable garden. I'm a first time 'chickener' and have 4 small banty chickens and you can hardly find a bug in my garden or yard! They LOVE earwigs, ants etc. Plus, they are so easy to care for. They are very entertaining and everyone that's seen them wants some! They've become my pets. I'd suggest putting a pen and temporary shelter right around your termite mounds and let the birds have a gourmet meal!
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