A termite is a small insect that feeds on wood and woody materials. They do not attack live trees but can be very destructive if they find their way into buildings containing woody structures. The termites start feeding on the inside of a woody material until it leaves behind a very thin outer surface. Due to their feeding nature, on may not notice until late that those termites have infested the woody material. They feed making very little noise that is not detectable by a human ear.
Dealing with termite infestation can be achieved using two major ways. One can decide to attack the termite or alternatively, one can choose to protect the woody structure. Whichever way one decides to use, he or she must verify that it is the best way under their circumstance.
Attacking the termite.
The termite has a small soft body, usually one centimeter long. However, it has a strong mouth that is able to eat into the hardest woody material out there. The termite as any other living thing out there has to have conditions necessary to make it survive; moisture, food, shelter and optimum climatic conditions around them. By removing some, if not all of these conditions around your woody structure can be of great help in dealing with termite infestation.
Keeping your woody materials dry is one of the most efficient ways of keeping termites at bay. If the woody materials get wet in any way, termites are bound to arrive there soonest. Now I understand why our bathroom door is the only door that has been infested with termites in the whole house, moisture. The termites enjoy feeding on woody materials that are moist.
Remove tree stumps around your woody structure to eliminate food sources for potential termites around your home. Keeping their food source away from your house will help in keeping the termites at bay, ensuring that no stray termite finds its way into your house.
Termites live in the soils. Their homes are characterized by small hills. The presence of termite hills around your home automatically poses danger to your woody materials. Dig up these hills and remove the queen termite to make the termites leave that place and seek a new home, possibly elsewhere.
Protecting your woody materials.
Protecting your woody materials involves making the wood not to be useful to the termites. You can make it inedible or poisonous to the termites to keep the termites away
You can paint your wood structure with any paint as long as it fully covers your woody material. The termites will be unable to drill through the paint to get to the woody part. I doubt whether they will be intelligent enough to know that beneath that paint lies their food. Painting the woody material well is just another way of keeping the wood dry.
You can also keep the termites at bay by making the wood inedible to the termites. You can spray the woods with the appropriate insecticide to kill and repel termites. You may also want to soak your woody material with a suitable liquid making the woody material literary inedible to the termites. Most people use oil, kerosene and such kind of petroleum products which are known to keep termites at bay.