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How to Do a DIY Subterranean Termite Treatment

By DoMyOwn staff

Doing a DIY Subterranean Termite Treatment doesn't have to daunting! Follow these steps to do it yourself.

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Hey I'm Chris, the bug guy, from Do My Own Pest  Today we're going to show you how to get rid of termites, specifically how to get rid of subterranean termites.  Termite treatment chemicals are mainly used to treat subterranean termites, which come from underground. And for that reason, we have to dig a trench around the house and place the treatment in the ground. The goal is to put a liquid barrier around your entire home.  DIY or do it yourself treatment products are made to last, from 5 to over 10 years. That's a long time. The best termite products we have these days are what we call non-repellent products. This means that the termites do not realize that the barrier is in the soil. They walk through the product freely, picking it up and bring it down and passing it around to the rest of the colony.  It moves like the plague, killing the queen and the entire colony over a period of time. 
The cost of treatment from a professional company can range on average from $800-1500.  Most of the cost in the labor to perform the treatment, but at Do My Own Pest, if you're willing to do the labor yourself, you can treat your home just as effectively as the professionals for a few hundred dollars or less. Now, that's a lot of money back in your pocket. Now let's go outside and show you how to apply the product and trench at home. 
Step one is dig the trench.  The trench against your house should be 6 inches wide and 6 inches deep. You can use a shovel or a pick ax, and the trench will be directly against the foundation.  So once you've dug the trench, it is four gallons per ten lineal feet against the house. Then mix in the termiticide, make a line in the bucket if you need to for four gallons, and once it's mixed, we're going to evenly distribute it over the trench. We have a ten foot section here.  You're to evenly distribute those four gallons over the ten feet. Then move on to the next section. Once you have finished the rest of the house, this should have dissipated into the soil. 
Now once you finished trenching and filling the trench with the termiticide, and it's had time to dissipate down into to soil, you need to put the backfill back into the trench.  This dirt right now is untreated. This is the dirt that we took out of the trench, and you want to make sure you treat it, that's why we put it back in because we don't want a layer of untreated soil on top of the treated soil. So it termites happen to go near the surface they will miss the termiticide in the trench. This is a lot easier with two people.  You want to mix the termiticide in a one gallon hand pump sprayer and you want to have a shovel or a rack to push the dirt back in the trench.  The person with the sprayers is just going to start wetting the ground, not so much so that it's mud, but enough to start wetting it down. And as you're pushy it back in with the shovel, the other person will wet it down. You're going to work down the line and they will wet it down.  And now your house is completely protected with professional termiticide.
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