For the Home: 5 Interesting Termite Prevention Tips

There is a lot to be said for conventional wisdom in dealing with infestations, but sometimes termite control can take some unusual forms.

Orange Oil

Orange essential oil is one of the citrus essential oils, distilled from orange peel, and not soluble in water. It is very pungent and not meant for either internal or direct external use, so be extremely cautious. Orange oil owes its effectiveness to the active ingredient D-Limonene that proved to eradicate a great variety of insects, dissolving their exoskeleton and destroying their cell membranes, thus leading to insects’ death. Drill small holes into the infested wooden item and inject the oil into the hollow spaces (i.e. where the bugs are feeding). It’ll yield results within 3 days or 3 weeks, depending on how severe the infestation is.


To get rid of termites in wood microwaves can be used. Portable devices are available. The efficacy of this method is ninety percent, depending onhow long the treatment lasts and how accurate the estimates were regarding positioning of the termites and so on.  One to two feet of wooden board requires ten to thirty minutes of treatment time. And it isn’t necessary to drill holes.


If possible, remove the affected item from your home and expose it to sunlight. The light and heat from the sun is sure to kill the termites because they like darkness. On a sunny day, take the item outside and leave it there for two to three days (or as long as possible).

Using a Cardboard Trap

Using cardboard traps is considered one of the most natural and non-toxic ways of eliminating-termites naturally. Cardboard traps are effective because they contain a certain compound known as cellulose that attracts female termites. Cardboard gives off a woody smell by means of this cellulose. It is this aroma that can prove irresistible to termites. Lightly spraying the cardboard with a small amount of water serves to make the smell more powerful. Place the dampened piece of cardboard near the target area. The termites will then group themselves on top of it, after which it can be collected and disposed of by burning.

Using Borates

When inquiring about how to kill termites naturally, a common solution many are familiar with is the use of borax powder. Using sodium borate, also called borax, is a way of removing termites in a natural way. Subterranean termites can be killed by using a solution of sodium borate or by applying sodium borate powder to the targeted area. An advantage of using borates, as with most natural-ways of eliminating termite pests, is that it is non-toxic to both humans and pets. One method of administering a borate solution is to spray or paint it onto wood surfaces of newly constructed buildings. This painting method can prevent future infestations of termites from occurring. When treating a colony in an existing structure, it can be difficult to determine whether the borate powder is successfully infiltrating the entire colony. It can be more effective to spray the colony with a liquid solution for the best coverage. It may be necessary to repeat applications of the borate treatments to ensure that the entire colony is exterminated. It isalso especially effective to use borate treatments in conjunction with other natural treatments.

Biological Parasites

Some homeowners who are determined to avoid chemical treatment are experimenting with biological control, using parasitic organisms called nematodes. These tiny, worm-like creatures invade termites through natural body openings, then release bacteria that kill their hosts within two or three days. The bad news is that studies by entomologists indicate that, although nematodes do kill termites when both are confined in a quart jar, they have little control potential in an area as large as that surrounding a house. Still, anecdotal evidence of nematode effectiveness persists, and some exterminators even provide the same guarantee with nematodes as they do with chemicals, giving you a second chance if the biological approach doesn't work.

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Disclosure: This is a collaborative post, not all thoughts and opinions expressed on this post are mine. However, this article is intended to be a general resource idea for people who are interested in preventing termites in their homes.


Rae Abigael J. Caacbay is a young creative who went through a quarter life crisis by the end of 2016. Though she's still lost, she keeps on moving forward anyway as a ballerina, visual artist, lifestyle blogger, and a BS Interior Design graduate based in the Philippines.

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