Do you have Termites in the Garden?

Turning Termite
Photo by Neil Kelley
It is particularly troublesome to have termites in the garden for anyone who owns trees, or anyone who is trying to build wooden structures such as sheds or grow vegetables.

The first thing to do is to make sure that your home is protected, as this is your number one priority. Once this has been protected you can now focus on protecting the other parts of your garden.

Some trees have natural resistance to termites, however as trees become older, they tend to become weaker and more vulnerable to termite attacks. A termite baiting station should be placed next to any significant trees that you wish to protect.

Protecting your sheds and vegetables from termites

If you’re growing vegetables then you might want to consider one of the more organic approaches to termite elimination. Orange oil can be used near your vegetables as it is far less toxic. The downside is that you are going to have to use it far more frequently than you would a termiticide solution. If you don’t mind so much about toxicity then you should consider using Malathion as it is very effective against termites.

Finally, if you have any wooden structures in your garden, then it is imperative that you protect these by placing them upon sealed concrete surfaces. This will make any termites very visible if they decide to attack. Once you’ve done this, also lay down a chemical termite barrier around the perimeter or install a termite baiting station.