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Vetiver Grass and Other Natural Ways to Keep Termites Away

Green vetiver leaves

Termites are nasty critters that have a bad habit of attacking the wood that supports your foundation. And foundation damage is a serious issue that cannot be ignored. Therefore, you need to find a way to keep termites out of your basement for good. Thankfully, you should be able to plant vetiver grass - and use other natural treatment methods - to keep termites out of your basement.


Why Basements Attract Termites

A home's basement is a popular destination for termites for several reasons. First of all, unfinished basements often have a lot of water and wood available for termites to consume. Basements are also dark, damp, and quiet, which are conditions that termites love. Termites might even invade a finished basement as long as they can find a place to build their large nest. 


And once termites have made a home in your basement, they are going to spread almost as quickly as ants and cockroaches. From the basement, termites may not only damage your foundation but may spread to other parts of your home. Once there, they can severely damage all of your wood and cause widespread devastation.


Thankfully, you do have many options that you can utilize to get rid of these pests for good. 


What You Can Do to Naturally Stop Termites 

Termites need to be kept out of your home to prevent foundation damage. Thankfully, many types of natural methods are available. For example, diatomaceous earth is an all-natural and non-toxic way of keeping termites out of your home. Studies have shown that spreading a handful of this dirt around your house will repel them from your basement and, by extension, your foundation. 


Interestingly, a study published on Research Gate found that rubber is impossible for termites to chew through. Place hard rubber along the edges of your home or in open areas near your foundation - such as pipe openings - and termites will stay out. Prevention steps like these should be simple enough for just about anybody to do on their own. 


How Planting Vetiver Grass May Help 

According to Terminix, a growing number of scientists and pests specialists believe that vetiver grass is a powerful termite repellent. Vetiver grass is a bunch grass that has thick root systems that spread widely and quickly across your lawn. Interestingly, vetiver grass is also rich in a variety of essential oils that may be repellent to termites. These oils have a potent citrus smell that is known to annoy and drive away most termites. 


Therefore, planting vetiver grass around the base of your home could stop termites from invading your basement and damaging your foundation. Unfortunately, vetiver grass does need reasonably temperate climates (around 70-90 degrees Fahrenheit) to thrive. However, you can still purchase vetiver grass and use it for termite control by following this process:

  • Place the vetiver grass in a small bowl. 

  • Smash the grass with a large stone or grinder. 

  • Mix in a small cup of water in the bowl to create a vetiver grass pulp.

  • Spread this pulp along the edges of your outside foundation. 

  • Add more vetiver grass pulp along the inside wood on your foundation. 

Continue to apply your vetiver grass mixture - while performing other natural control methods - throughout the year to keep termites away from your home.


You can use all-natural termite control techniques like these to manage minor termite invasions. However, if you have a significant termite problem, you might need to get professional help to manage the situation. Please contact Beebe's Pest & Termite Control if you are suffering from a termite infection that you can't manage on your own. 

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