Termite in my yard

kmiecMay 6, 2007

I have termites eating my grass roots and killing the grass. They are about 50-100 yards from my house (big front yard). I can not afford to get a Prof. out to kill them (3,000-4,000 dollars) is there anything else I can use to kill them before they kill all of my grass?

I have treated my house for them so I am not that worry about it now. Luckly the guy said they haven't made it this far yet.

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I really think that you do not have a termite problem in your grass. Here is how you may be able to tell if it is an insect problem. Mix 2 oz. dishwashing liquid in 2 gallons of water; add the juice of a lemon for a more dramatic effect. Mark out a 2'x1' area of turf to include the good and bad. Pour the mixture VERY SLOWLY over the grass. You want it to go down, not to run off the marked area. After a while bugs will start to come to the surface. Collect them in a jam jar and get them identified. If harmful ones are identified, you can decide on control measures. Indeed, if you can describe the symptoms or post a photograph of them, you might get all your answers right here.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2007 at 7:57PM
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They are the termite from what the exterminator say and the picture I have seen on the web. The exterminator said he has never seen them eating the grass roots before. I can post a picture of them if you can tell me how. We are also seeing them in our vegetable garden now.

Here is a picture of what they I have found on the web.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   May 6, 2007 at 9:52PM
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Umm, termites eat wood NOT grass. If they are in your grass, there is a wood source there. ie - mulch or old tree trunks? They love that unless it's treated specifically for termites. Also, if you see them in the daytime, it's not termites. The light KILLS worker termites. The termites that are in daylight are the winged ones looking for sources of food - wood which has the stuff they eat. A way to see if termites are running up your house is if you see mud paths. That's what they build to stay out of the light. Once up your inside wall, they have mud exhaust tubes coming from the wall outward about 1/4". That's how they breath and get fresh air.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2007 at 2:37PM
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Billl(z7 nc)

Don't know who you talked to, but that seems like an outrageous charge for treating insects. Have you tried terminex or any of the other chains? Also, they sell home kits with lawn spikes for about $60.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2007 at 2:54PM
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lou_midlothian_tx(z8 DFW, Tx)

My sister own termite control business and i can tell you that treatments are expensive! I asked her husband about it and he said that the poison he puts out last for 8 years around the house as long as they don't get disturbed (gardening). It's about 8 inches wide barrier.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2007 at 5:35PM
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Billl(z7 nc)

Bayer termite killer plus is about $20 at lowes. It only lasts a couple of months (not years like the pros.) If you are doing it yourself, get some of the bait station traps to monitor them to make sure they don't get too close to the house.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2007 at 6:46PM
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home depot sells a termite treatment that will last 5 years made i believe by ortho it is expensive but compared to that quote very cheap. i think for like 80 dollars it will cover about 60 feet.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2007 at 1:11AM
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Are you sure these aren't grubs? Grubs eat grass roots.

Here is a link that might be useful: Grubs

    Bookmark   May 8, 2007 at 3:37PM
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The picture shows termites but please note that the body - excluding the head - is fairly straight or unsegmented. Are the creatures in your lawn similarily built or can you see a waistline? If you can, then it is probably not a termite. I have absolutely no reason to question your powers of observation but this difference has fooled spray technicians with many years experience.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2007 at 4:45PM
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Mary Robbins

I know this post is way old, but I just wanted to post this article since there seems to be a lot of ignorance on the subject. There are indeed a type of termites that do not eat wood. They are called agricultural termites and eat dead grass, and we have them in our backyard. If you want to prevent them entirely make sure you have a healthy lawn. If you're in my situation where you don't have time to both repair your sprinkler system and overseed before it gets too hot, you can treat your lawn to prevent any further damage. This article has more specific information:


    Bookmark   February 21, 2015 at 1:30PM
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dchall_san_antonio(8 San Antonio)

That direct link seems to fail at the underscore. You have to copy the entire link and paste it into your browser. Or let's see if this HTML coding works.

Click here

Basically it sounds like the only treatment you need for those termites is to water. They live in the desert where it's dry. Presumably if you water they will go away.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2015 at 9:48AM
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