How Do You Get Rid Of Termites In The Bedroom?

You can eliminate termites from the bedroom using natural termiticides, beneficial nematodes, and essential oils such as orange and neem oil. Spraying boric acid on the floor, setting up baits, and calling in a professional pest controller are other efficient methods. 

What Are The Different Types Of Termites?

There are two major types of termites primarily found in the US. They include;

Subterranean Termites

Subterranean Termites

These are termites that live on foundational wood and compost piles in your bedroom. They travel around by creating mud tubes or highways, and they can generally do more damage than any other type of termite. These creatures are found countrywide with a narrow shape and about an eighth inch long. 

Their status determines their color; hence they lack a specific one. For instance, workers have a pale cream color while soldiers are similar, with their heads brown. Primary reproducers are either black or brown, whereas supplementary reproducers are creamy white. Subterranean termites have enormous colonies, which could range from 100,00 termites to over a million. 

Drywood Termites

Drywood Termites

Unlike the subterranean termites that require contact with soil for survival, dry wood termites live and depend on wood. They are usually found in warm places and are primarily white. There is also a group of winged dry wood termites, which are yellow-tan to light brown. These termites have small colonies which hold up to 2,500 members. 

What Methods Can You Use To Remove Termites From Your Bedroom?

Before deciding on the method to use, you have to identify the type of termite you are dealing with. The following ways are effective;

By Applying Natural Termiticides

Unlike termiticide barriers, natural termite-killing chemicals can be used inside your bedroom. You apply it upon spotting a termite which helps to dispatch them immediately. You can use a spray bottle to apply the chemicals directly into the cracks, crevices, and voids. It produces an odorless foam that expands and evaporates, leaving a poisonous residue that kills the subterranean termites as soon as they get into contact. The best thing about this method is that the chemical can last for a month and sometimes even longer. 

Using Spot Treatment

 If the infected part is a painted or polished piece of wood, you drill the holes and fill them for treatment. At first, you drill about 10-inches holes into the wood where you hit their nest. You then fill up the gap with termiticide. To finish the spot treatment method, you add a wood patch to close up the crevices. In most cases, the procedure is applicable when dealing with dry wood termites.

Using Termite Baits

 Termite baits are placed around your home’s perimeter. It acts by attracting termites to the traps containing poison. Most of these baits contain slow-acting toxins, which interrupt their natural growth causing their slow death. Due to the delayed functioning of the bait, infected termites end up carrying it back with them and transmits it to the rest of the colony.

By Using Termite Killing Barriers

 Some states have professional-level termite killing products available for purchase. You are required to apply these conventional termite killers on the exterior perimeter of your home to create a barrier. In this way, termites cannot detect the treatment making it impossible for them to avoid it. When they eat even a tiny bit of the termiticide material, they die since it spreads like a virus. The method is best used when dealing with subterranean termites.

Using Beneficial Nematodes

These are segmented microscopic roundworms. They are natural parasites that feed on many garden pests, including termites. Nematodes act by burrowing into their hosts and releasing some symbiotic gut bacteria, which poisons the termites’ blood causing their death after a few days. Beneficial nematodes are available in stores and also online. When using them, you apply a mixture of the nematodes in a pot of soil, and cold water, then apply it to the infected area of your bedroom.

Using Essential Oils

Neem and orange oils are the most commonly used oils to kill termites. They act by inhibiting their skin shedding ability and laying eggs. To achieve this, you are required to mix two cups of water with few drops of dish soap and ten drops of your preferred oil. Shake up the mixture and spray it on the infected area. 

When uncertain of the termite type that has infested your room, you can go for a method that is likely to kill both types, for instance, spraying some boric acid to the infected part. It acts by dehydrating the termite, which cuts down their nervous system leading to their death. Alternatively, you can also go for the diatomaceous earth method, which kills them by penetrating their exoskeleton. It is made of fossilized aquatic organisms made from silica. When termites walk over the diatomaceous earth powder sprinkled on the ground, it is enough to cost them their life.

How Do You Identify A Termite Infestation In Your Bedroom?

It is challenging to spot termites skittering down your wooden areas. To determine if there is a possible termite infestation in your home, you will be required to check the attic and all cracks and crevices. Some of the most common signs of  termites infestation include;

Presence Of Hollow Wood

 You know there are dry wood termites in your wooden surfaces when you tap on them and hear a soft and hollow thud. To be specific, you can use a screwdriver to drill into the wood. In case of an infestation, the screwdriver will gain its way quickly, indicating the termites’ presence.

Mud Passageways

Subterranean termites create passageways made of mud to connect to wooden surfaces. These mud tubes are mostly made of soil and wood with the width of a pencil. When you come across such a passage tube, it is evidence of a possible termite infestation.

Headbanging

 If you hear some strange clicking sound from inside your walls, it is usually a result of the soldier termites detecting a possible threat. Banging their heads against the walls is their mode of signalling the colony. Sometimes they give out the signal by shaking their bodies which produces sound.

Paint Peeling Off

When termites attack and damage drywall, they allow moisture to enter between paint and the surface, making it peel off. There may be other reasons behind your drywall paint peeling. However, when it happens in tandem and is associated with different signs, it might indicate an infestation.

Visible Live Termites

 It is essential to find out the difference between termites and flying ants to know what you are dealing with. Termites have even rear wings, a thick abdomen, and straight antennae. On the other side, flying ants have uneven wings, are thinner, and have bent antennae. When you see termites lingering around your room, there is likely an infestation.

How Do You Prevent Termite Infestation In Your Bedroom?

There are different ways you can use to make your bedroom less appealing to termites. They include; 

Sealing Off Leaks

Subterranean termites highly depend on moisture for their survival. Keeping your room dry is one way to keep them away. 

Filling Crevices And Cracks

 Seal and caulk all unnecessary openings in your room where water pipes meet. You should also ensure to seal off the bedroom door and windows, which act as possible entry points of the termites.

Keeping The Pipes And Gutters Clean

 Termites like hiding in warm, dark, and moist places and pipes and gutters perfectly fit them. Clean the gutters and pipes regularly to prevent them from settling in.

Carry Out The Regular Inspection

It is said that prevention is better than cure. With regular checks from professional pest controllers, it is possible to avoid any form of termite infestation.

How To Differentiate Active From Non-Active Termites’ Infestation?

Active termite infestationNon-active termites infestation
Presence of mud tubes around the infested area, such as floor joists and pillarsMud tubes are usually empty and no longer transport the termites to your room.
There are swarms of termites around your home or inside the houseThere are only a few termites found outside your home
Seeing the actual termites in the roomThere are no on sight termites
There are swarms of termites around your home or inside the houseThere are only a few termites found outside your home
Presence of frass and feces spots on wooden areasNo feces or  frass found in your room

Conclusion

To get rid of termites, you can either do it yourself or have a professional insect terminator do the job for you. Before terminating them, you are required to identify the type of termites you are dealing with to decide on the best method to apply. Some methods, such as using the boric acid spray, can get kill both types. Another way is by using diatomaceous earth and cardboard traps.  You can also go for methods that target specific termite types, whether drywood or subterranean.

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