Termites are pests, especially when they find a way into your home. Termites, sometimes referred to as “white ants” because of their resemblance to large, white ants, feed mainly on dead plant matter, which includes wood, leaves, soil and even animal feces. Since much of what constitutes a home, walls, furniture, support beams are made of wood, termites can pose a serious structural threat to a building or home.
There are a number of ways to get rid of termites, and a lot of people who make a career out of it. If you want to try to keep the termites away in your account, you can make your own homemade termite repellent spray.
- Buy boric acid containing propylene glycol. Although boric acid often comes in a powder form, propylene glycol becomes the solution in a liquid so it can be used as an aerosol. Make sure the product you buy does not contain sugar. Boric acid is a powder made from borates, which are found naturally in soil, rock and seawater, making this ecological alternative solution to commercial and more toxic insecticides.
- Fill the sprayer with the boric acid solution and spray all the areas you want to repel the termites. The spray is odorless, so do not worry about penetrating odors on your wooden surfaces.
- Use a paint sprayer instead of a normal spray bottle if you have a large area to cover. Depending on the size of the termite infestation and the area you want to repel termites from, you may want a smaller and more accurate or larger and larger spray bottle.
- Use a brush if the area you want to repel termites is small.
- Repeat the spraying process as necessary.
Tips and Warnings
- This termite repellent spray can also be used to repel other pests such as cockroaches and ants.
- Contact a termite technician if your termite problem persists. Termites should generally go to outdoor places and make their way into homes. A termite technician will get rid of the termites at the source.