Ridding Your Home of Insects

Eliminating Residential Termite Infestations with Non-Toxic Treatment Options

by Ted Miller

If your home has termites, a pest control specialist needs to eliminate them. To do so, a certified pest control technician must inspect your property and home. 

Pest inspection has three primary purposes:

  1. Determination of the termite species present
  2. Location and identification of the termite nest(s)
  3. Formation of a non-toxic termite treatment plan

Different termite species respond differently to treatment options. Determining your property's species will lead to a much more effective treatment plan.

Once a non-toxic treatment plan is created and agreed upon by all parties, the termite problem is eliminated by a licensed pest control technician. 

If your home has a problem with termites and you do not want to treat them with toxic chemicals because you have pets or children living in your home, you will be pleased to learn you have many non-toxic options.

The most popular non-toxic termite treatments include:

Borax (sodium borate)

Borax, or sodium borate, is a white powdered substance that is deadly to termites but non-toxic for people and domesticated pets.

The borax is sprayed on your property, and when termites ingest it, they die. 

Desiccating Dust

Desiccating dust, such as diatomaceous earth, also kills termites and is non-toxic for humans.

Desiccating dust is applied the same way as borax, but when termites come into contact with it, the diatomaceous earth dehydrates the termites and kills them. 

It's important to note that diatomaceous earth is highly toxic if a cat or dog ingests it. Desiccating dust should never be used on a property with pets or in any area where they could accidentally come into contact with it.

Extreme Heat and Cold

Both extreme heat and extreme cold are enough to kill termites.

Tenting your house and simply heating it to an excessively hot temperature or cooling it down to a freezing temperature is a surprisingly effective, non-toxic way to eliminate a residential termite infestation.

Using extreme heat or cold is an ideal method of termite control for homes with people who live with severe allergies or sensitivities to chemicals.


Nematodes are microscopic worms that can infect and kill off termites quickly. 

To eradicate termites with nematodes, a pest control technician injects them into termite-infested areas where they are left to infect the insects.

Nematodes can eliminate a termite nest in just a few days and are non-toxic for pets and humans. Nematodes are one of the best options for use in environmentally-sensitive areas or where chemically-sensitive people live.