Discovering you have a colony of termites living under your house can cause you a lot of stress and worry. Hiring a professional exterminator to come and fumigate your home takes time and money. In addition, bait and liquid toxins that are placed around you home in an attempt to kill the destructive little creatures can be harmful to pets, children and plants in your yard. If you want to get rid of your termite infestation, but are not willing to pump your home and yard full of chemicals, there are a variety of other natural methods you can employ.
Termites have aversions to certain plants such as peppermint and garlic. If you have planted these in your yard and the pesky little creatures still have not left, it is time to bring in the big guns. Luckily for you, termites have natural predators. In addition, these predators are creatures that you probably will not mind having run around your garden. The only thing you have to figure out is how to attract the termite eating critters to your yard and garden. Although there are many books on helping people extract a termite colony the natural way, there are some basic techniques you can use.
First you have to know what the natural predators of the termites are. Generally, ladybugs, a variety of spiders, centipedes and creepy crawly praying mantises enjoy snacking on little termite larva. In order to get these insects into your yard to scare away the termites, you can grow flowers and plants that they like. You should try to choose plants that do not die off every year, so you do not find yourself constantly gardening and planting to keep the termite colony at bay. Some plants that attract termite predators are sunflowers, vegetables, herbs and catnip.
It is important to remember that you cannot mix the strategy of termite repelling plants and predator attracting plants. Many plants that deter termites such as mint and garlic deter their natural predators as well. If you want to use both of the techniques, you should plant your garlic and mint in another area of the yard than you do your catnip and sunflowers. This will give you a chance to see which technique better kills off the termites. These natural gardening techniques work much better for preventing termite infestations than they do at exterminating them. Termite colonies are extremely large and it would be pretty difficult for a few spiders and ladybugs to take out every single one including the queen.