Do-it-yourself projects and plans for anyone who can swing a hammer.
We've had (drywood) termite problems on and off for years. Since there's no way I'm going to have the house tented and permeated with Vikane gas,* I would periodically get the bug guys to do the microwave treatment. It cost $2,000 initially, then about $500 per year for future treatment when needed.(I believe orange oil is also used these days for people leery of insecticides.)
A few years ago, I decided to try Greenbug spray, which is (said to be) made of cedar and natural ingredients. I've been spraying this stuff on the wood where I see termite frass (pellets) and to my amazement, there are no more pellets. I say "amazing" because this is topical treatment and it doesn't seem it would get into the wood where termites live. (All of our termites are in ceilings.)
The stuff smells great, like cedar oil, and I am just now buying a 2nd gallon (about $60). I pour it into squeeze/pump bottles (like Windex bottles) and spray until it drips a little (it's water-soluble). Haven't had the bug guys out for many years.
Greenbug is one of the few products in the world not sold by Amazon.
*First, Vikane is made by Dow — red alert. And, if it can penetrate into the wood and kill termites, I am suspicious of residual effect.
Lloyd Kahn is a sustainable living visionary and publisher of Shelter Publications. He is the author of natural building books, including Tiny Homes, Tiny Homes on the Move, Shelter II and Builders of the Pacific Coast. (all available in the Mother Earth News Store). He lives and builds in Northern California. Follow Lloyd on his blog, Twitter, and Facebook, and read all of his Mother Earth News posts here.
All MOTHER EARTH NEWS community bloggers have agreed to follow our Blogging Guidelines, and they are responsible for the accuracy of their posts. To learn more about the author of this post, click on their byline link at the top of the page.