1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

February 21, 2008

:052 Non-toxic Termite Control

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credit: Ohio State University Termite Tube on foundation

Suggested Review – :048, :049

Today & Tomorrow’s 1:5:10:365 Tips for becoming a better steward for our home and planet deals with non-toxic termite control.

1:5:10:052 Tip: Subterranean termites live in the soil and travel through tubes that create pathways to the wood they eat. Traditional pest control involves poisoning the soil under a building to prevent termite colonies from forming. Some of the pesticides used for this purpose have persisted for years. There are a number of safer treatments now available for termite control. Bait stations can be set which confine the poisons so they are carried back to the termite nest, but I prefer the non-toxic approach.  figure6.jpg

credit: virginia cooporative extension subterranean termite damage

Keeping the soil free of cellulose debris can go a long way to preventing termite colonies from forming, Physical barriers can stop them from forming their tubes, and nematodes provide a biological control.

Tomorrow I will talk about non-toxic dry wood termite control.

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Additional Information

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credit: ARBICO beneficial nematodes

“Nematodes are microscopic, non-segmented roundworms that occur naturally in soil throughout the world. Inside the nematode’s gut is the real weapon — symbiotic bacteria that when released inside an insect kill it within 24 to 48 hours.” http://www.arbico-organics.com/organic-pest-control-beneficial-nematodes-info.html

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