Does anyone have an eco-friendly way to rid a home of carpenter ants or termites short of replacing all the infected wood?
CC from Northern IN
I don't know about termites but I use diatamaceous earth for ants. It's crushed shells & it works great.
Kill insect with spray for killing the insects - like RAID ect. - them seal the wood with paint or varnish.
dont know about termites but you should do something soon cause the damage is worse than any home repair on you pocket book and carpenter ants and all ants dont crawl over coffee grinds i put out my used ones and it works great
You must get professional help to get rid of termites. Believe me, I know from experience. We tried spraying then sealing the wood but a year later had to replace a whole bathroom wall, costing several thousand dollars. I would never have believed anything could ruin wood like that. It was just like tissue paper. If you catch them in time you can get rid of them before they do too much damage. Good luck.!
Yep. LOTS of used coffee grounds right on the ground where they enter/exit. However, worms and GRUBS LOVE the grounds, so don't be surprised when
you get what looks like Genetically Modified worms and grubs next season, especially if you move rocks
near the coffee ground treated areas. I was SO shocked to see the size of the grubs, which looked like my 9 yr. old grandson's THUMB !!! The biggest of all 38 ? years I've lived here!!! lol : )
mix spoon of borax, spoon glycerine, spoon sugar and place in entrance, they will feed the queen with it, and nest will die!
you can treat wood with boric acid products, but tend to be expensive.
Where do you buy diatamaceous earth ??
Just found a good site on carpenter ants. http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/housingandclothing/DK1015.html
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