Termite control

Asked November 15, 2018, 7:37 PM EST

There is a woodpile that is about 5' from my parents' house (too close, I now know) and it is full of termites. I would like to kill them as safely for the environment as possible and then haul the wood away. I'd also like to keep them in the woodpile and not have them travel to the house (which does not seem to have happened yet). Do you have any information that can help me figure this out?

Clackamas County Oregon

3 Responses

Thank you for your question. The first step to controlling the infestation is to determine what you have. Could you please examine the following article and let us know which of the three inhabit the woodpile? http://owic.oregonstate.edu/sites/default/files/pubs/termites.pdf Thanks!

Thank you. The insects in our very old woodpile are definitely dampwood termites. I would like to eliminate them without the use of strong pesticides. Would boric acid and/or diatomaceous earth work?

And then how can I best dispose of this pile of bad wood with hopefully no living termites in it?

I'm concerned about disturbing the insects and causing them to find a new home closer to our home.

Thank you again. (I was going to let you know your article link didn't work and then realized it was my browser).

Since most homeowners who encounter dampwood termite infestations have them in their homes, that is what most of the research and resulting literature is about. Since you have the ability to remove the woodpile, you have the easier task. Can you not get the pile and its inhabitants far away enough from the home to start a bonfire? Once you remove and destroy the habitat, you will no longer have the insect colony. Applying chemicals—even relatively benign ones—may not destroy the enitre population. Here is an Extension article addressing their control: http://ipm.ucanr.edu/QT/termitescard.html Hope this is helpful. Good luck!