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Getting Rid of Book Eating Termites?

April 25, 2015

How do I get rid of termites eating books?


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April 26, 20150 found this helpful

If you have found termites eating your books, you probably already have a much bigger problem than just termites in your books. There is no easy way for you to remove termites from your home yourself. The best, most complete method is to have an exterminator treat your entire home for termites.

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April 26, 20150 found this helpful

Termites are best left to the professional pest control companies.
However for a book or two, you can simply remove the book(s) from the area and take them outside in the sun. Open the books until you find the termites and either vacuum them up or if these are not antique/ valuable books, spray with any household ant control spray product i.e. Raid (follow the label directions ) and kill them.

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There are basically two main types of termites 1-Drywood termites which live in dry wood (clever name, eh?)-or wood/paper products and leave, salt sized grains, of wood colored pellets. 2- Subterranean termites that live in the ground (that name thing again) and get into your house through small mud tubes they create.

So if you see dirt in the books or mud tubes leading to the books; then its Subterraneans and the physical removal (books) will break their contact with the colony and help to stop their book-ish activity even before you spray. When the Termite Inspector gets there you will have an Idea of what you have and they can do the "heavy lifting" in eradicating the infestations in the rest of your house. Good Luck.

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