Can a Do-It-Yourselfer Apply Termicides?

termicidesThe answer to this question is yes!  Armed with some knowledge and access to a reliable source for Do-It-Yourself pest control products, any homeowner can protect their home from termite infestations.

Termicides can be used as an in-ground treatment or in-house treatment.  The in-ground treatment is used most often to eradicate an existing termite problem and prevent future infestations.  In-house treatments in the form of sprays and foams usually supplement the in-ground application.

Applying a Termicide

Here’s how to apply a typical in-ground termicide:

  • First, you need to purchase a termicide from a DIY pest control.  Many people buy these products online from reputable retailers.
  • Termicides are typically mixed with water then poured in a trench around the home.  You need to dig a six-inch deep, six-inch wide, trench close to your home’s foundation.  This is the most labor-intensive part of the process.  However, termites live under the ground, so you have to apply the termicide in the ground for it to be effective.
  • In areas of concrete slabs, you need to drill holes so the termicide can be applied below these surfaces.  These holes are drilled in garage, porch and patio slabs around 12 to 18 inches apart.  Homeowners can rent hammer drills like professional companies use at commercial rental stores to make the job a little easier.
  • Since you probably won’t have a large spraying rig like the professionals that holds 50 to 100 gallons of mixed termicide, you can accomplish the task with a five gallon bucket.  It will take more time, but you’ll get the job done.
  • Carefully read the termicide’s product label for directions on how to mix the solution.  You’ll also need to know how many gallons you need to apply every certain number of feet around your home’s foundation.  With this information, you pour the mixture into the trench mixing it in the soil and down into the drilled slab holes.  Termicides are designed to bond with soil.
  • After you finish applying the termicide, you can then cover the treated trench with the dirt you pulled out.  However, you must treat this dirt before you put it back.  You just can’t shovel it back in or you won’t have a good termite barrier.  One way to treat this dirt before putting back in the trench is to soak it with termicide.
  • By using a proven product and applying it properly, your home can be protected for up to 10 years.

How a Termicide Works

The best termicides are made with undetectable chemical technology and not repellents.  In other words, the termites can’t see, smell or taste the termicide.  Therefore, they can’t avoid it.  They come into contact with the termicide and ingest it.  Infected termites take the termicide back to the nest to infect their nestmates.  This is called the “transfer effect.”

This termicide technology is slow-acting so infected termites can spread it throughout the colony.  Undetectable chemicals differ from baits because not all termites have to come into contact with them to be infected. 

Termites are a serious problem and can devastate your home’s infrastructure.  Therefore, you should never wait to treat your home if you have termite evidence.  If you don’t have termites, you should make sure your home is adequately protected from an infestation. 

Real estate agents have a saying they use:  “There’s only two types of houses – those that have termites and those that will have termites.”  Professional termite control is very expensive.  With a little work and a good do-it-yourself termicide supplier, you can save a good chunk of money protecting your home.

Monica Bird (949 Posts)

Monica’s compassion for her customer's struggles with pest control issues and passion for pest control stems from over 10 years in the industry. With a master’s degree in entomology, she uses her knowledge and experience in chemistry, insects and pests to educate her customers.

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