Among the many other insects that are a nuisance for us humans, termites are on the top of the list. These insects are highly adapted and widely distributed species in North America. All types of termites feed on wooden materials by consuming cellulose and converting it into energy required for living. Therefore, our wooden objects are always at the risk of being spoiled and made useless by being the food to the devouring termites.

In addition, these social insects have very structured hierarchy and live in colonies in the soil. There are different types of the insects within colony and each type carry out specific duties of functions. The two non-reproductive types of termites are solders and workers. The solders protect the colony from predators and outside attacks, while the workers fulfill all others duties. Many different measures have been taken to get rid of these bugs. The article is aimed at highlighting the most effective termite control methods.

Termites control methods are basically of two types viz. non-repellent and repellent. There are certain conventional methods of the termite eradication where the deep drilling into the affected soil is done in order to remove the termites, and there are certain methods that involve the treatment of the areas adjacent to the termite affected areas (which serve as entry points for the termites).

However, for the proper termite control, the category to which the resident termites belong has to be determined. After which either toxic or non-toxic methods of eradication can be employed. Toxic method involves treating the affected areas with certain chemical compounds or physical stresses. The chemical substances can either be repellents or non-repellents. Of these two, the non- repellent chemicals are the most effective against termites. Non-toxic methods of termite eradication are nothing but the use of organisms like nematodes etc. which feed on the bugs like termites and thus make the affected area termite free. Other physical means of controlling termites is by using fumigants of by subjecting the infected area to high heat so as to completely kill the termites present there.

Thus we see that there are several means of eradicating the termites that have caused much nuisance in your household or your garden. It is just that you need to identify the types of termite that resides in your house or garden and then take appropriate measures for its control as well as eradication.

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