We have noticed some obvious termite damage and recent activity. Not really a surprise, but we must take care of it! The standard methods of treatment for getting rid of termites require the use of powerful chemicals which are dangerous. Boo! That really goes against the principles of this property! Good news, there is an alternative, and wouldn’t you know it… it does more good with less harm.
Boric Acid, a white powder mined from the Mojave Desert in California, is a natural and proven long-term treatment in eliminating roaches,termites, fireants, palmetto bugs,ticks,bedbugs, fleas, boxelder bugs, carpet beetles, centipedes, crickets, earwigs, grasshoppers,millipedes, scorpions, slugs water bugs,and many more. It also has added benefits in treating dry rot and black mold, as a fire retardant, is odorless and nonstaining, and safe for any surface of the house (test for discoloration). Boric Acid has been used in ointments and salves for diaper rash on babies and in a very dilute solution, as an eyewash. It’s that safe! (Learn more about it by following this link, the site includes recipes for various insecticides.)
We need to mix the Boric Acid with propylene glycol (a non-toxic version of anti-freeze) which helps the solution penetrate into the wood and become a part of the wood fibers. Mold/Termite Spray Recipe: one gallon of propylene glycol, 4 pounds of Borax and 3 1/2 pounds of boric acid. (Follow this link for recipe and instructions on how to make, use, and store the solution!) An EPA assessment found boric acid both more economical and more effective than a monthly spray treatment. Due to its unique mode of action, insects do not gain resistance to borates. It is water resistant, heat resistant and remains effective for long periods of time. Take that termites!