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How do you make a homemade, pet-friendly termite killer?

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Orange oil, neem oil and borax are pet-friendly and can be used to eliminate termite infestations. Borax is generally used to treat infestations of drywood termites.

Orange oil is applied to the affected areas of the home in a spray form. This oil is typically available at home improvement stores and online. When choosing a spray, opt for a product that has a high concentration of d-limonene and use the product according to the directions on the packaging. Orange oil is best for mild to moderate infestations that do not affect the foundation or integrity of the home. If other areas of the home are not infested, use a diluted orange oil solution to prevent the termites from moving into other areas of the home.

Neem oil is a safe alternative to orange oil that can be used to treat termite infestations. Apply the neem oil with a mop or garden sprayer carefully to ensure the entire colony is exposed to the oil, and check the progress of the termite colony frequently during treatment. Reapply the neem or orange oil as needed.

Borax can be used to eliminate termites by spraying the powder into the cracks and crevices created by the pests. Wear a face mask to prevent breathing the powder. Pour the Borax into an open-ended bottle and apply it to the affected area. Borax is a laundry additive that is about as toxic as baking soda or salt.

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