How to Kill Termites With Borax

Termites are social insects that feed on dead plant material, usually in the form of wood, leaves and soil. Termites can cause serious damage to your home in a short amount of time if left unchecked. Borax is a highly effective natural insecticide that can control termites. It works by interfering with the insect's nervous system, which ultimately kills them. It's inexpensive and considered safer than most commercial insecticides.

Inspect your property and find and treat the termite nests. Signs of termite infestation are swarms of flying termites and the pencil-sized mud tubes they build from soil.

Use borax bait stations to kill the termites. Treat some wood or cardboard with borax and bury it in the ground near known termite infestations. Termites will carry the bait back to the nest where it will be consumed by the rest of the colony. Keep adding more bait as it disappears.

Repeat the borax treatment four weeks later. This will ensure the eggs laid by the termites do not hatch into a new colony.

Treat your home professionally every three to five years. Many companies offer natural treatments and the service comes with a warranty.

Prevent termite infestation from occurring. Inspect your property periodically for termite activity. If you notice any, treat them immediately before an infestation occurs.


Use borax with caution. Wear gloves when handling the substance and do not inhale the powder. Borax does not eliminate termites immediately. It can takes up to a month to spread through the colony and kill all the termites.

Things You'll Need

  • Borax
  • Wood or cardboard
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Based in Statesboro, Ga., Emily Jones has been writing professionally since 2009. Her articles appear on various websites, specializing in the diverse topics of cleaning and insects. Jones is a graduate student studying education at Georgia Southern University.