Termites can be damaging to your home. They eat wood, which can cause major problems to structural beams and framework in your home. If you begin to notice the signs of a termite infestation in your home, you will want to work quickly to remove the pests to prevent major damage. Calling in a termite exterminator can be pricey. If money is tight, you can attempt to remove the pests yourself. Here are a few ways to eliminate termites from your home yourself.

Orange Oil

Orange oil can help you remove small amounts of termites and prevent them from coming back after an infestation. However, this type of treatment does not work well if you have a full-blown infestation. If you have noticed the beginnings of termites inhabiting your home, spraying orange oil directly on their termite mounds and the wood they are infesting can help to kill any termites present. The smell also deters them from wanting to inhabit the area. You can buy orange-oil termite sprays at home improvement or hardware stores, or make your own by mixing eight ounces of water with about 15 to 20 drops of a pure orange essential oil. Do not use an oil that is not pure, as it is diluted and won't be as effective.

Boric Acid

Boric acid has been shown to kill many different pests, including ants, cockroaches, and termites. The pests eat the boric acid, and it essentially poisons them. Sprinkling boric acid in your soil and around a termite nest can help you wipe out these pests. Termites will carry food back to the nest, so they will carry this product back to the nest, helping to wipe out the nest. Sprinkle more boric acid near the nest every few days to ensure the entire nest is wiped out. However, boric acid can be harmful to pets and small children. As such, this treatment should only be used if you don't have kids or pets or in areas where they can't enter.

Cardboard Traps

Termites love the cellulose fiber found in cardboard. As such, they will leave the nest and stop eating your wood in favor of cardboard. You can use this to your advantage. Dampen a piece of cardboard and then bend it a bit so it has a tent shape that termites can crawl under. Then leave the cardboard near their nest and shut out the lights. After a few hours, return and throw the cardboard piece covered in termites in a bucket of water to drown the termites. Repeat this process over and over until the termites are wiped out.

Removing termites yourself can be tricky. In many cases, you have to determine where the termites are residing within your woodwork and target them, or they will continue to multiply. If you have attempted home remedies but are still seeing signs the termites are around, it is time to call in a termite exterminator. They can figure out where the termite nests are and how they are entering your home. Targeting these two areas will help to kill the colony already residing in your home, while preventing new termites from entering.