Is there any natural way for keeping termites away from books?

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  1. Sandy Frost profile image60
    Sandy Frostposted 9 years ago

    Is there any natural way for keeping termites away from books?

    Is any natural way (or remedy) available for permanently keeping books from termites as they feed on such valuable books and turn them into scraps?

  2. Bedbugabscond profile image95
    Bedbugabscondposted 9 years ago

    You could make your bookshelves a home to neamatodes, which kill termites. However, that is not very practice. Instead take wood chips and cover them with boric acid. Place the wood chips behind the books (where they won't be seen). Get the boric acid sold at the hardware store, not the type that goes in pools. I know the bottle looks scary; however, people have been using boric acid as a natural pesticide for a long time with very few side effects. The boric acid will get on the termites as they climb on the wood chips. They will inject it off of their legs, and it will expand inside their bodies, killing them. It takes a few hours for he entire process to happen, so you are not likely to see dead termites where you placed the wood chips covered in boric acid.

    1. Sandy Frost profile image60
      Sandy Frostposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for your kind response, I appreciate your answer. Usually, this happens with old books which are rarely used but watching them turn into junks and scraps becomes so exhausting too.

  3. Naima Manal profile image68
    Naima Manalposted 9 years ago

    I agree. Boric acid is an effective deterrent to several insects, including termites. It is important to conceal the boric acid to prevent a young child or someone from touching and accidentally ingesting it. Another suggestion is to check for a moisture problem near the books. Termites are attracted to wet wood, and correcting this problem will also prevent mold from forming on your books. Check out this hub regarding homemade termite treatments: … memade-Way

    1. Sandy Frost profile image60
      Sandy Frostposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for stopping by and providing a helpful answer. I only applied some kind of kerosine treatment but it didn't work permanently. Well, I'll follow through your hub and this precious answer.


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