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Termites in the Country!
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Pappy    Posted 08-26-2001 at 14:23:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What did the country people use to combat termites in the olden days, prior to Chlordane. I am interested in old-fashioned home remedies concerning termites and other pests.


peggy crabtree    Posted 05-03-2007 at 06:22:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i have a problem with termites. i would like to know what are the remedies use before the exterminators. i would also try to avoid the extreme expense of a professional exterminator.


June in SD    Posted 09-07-2002 at 09:08:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A long time ago people used to soak the wood in arsenic. But they found it leached into the ground and we became worried that it killed people. So we got better at making things that killed bugs which I am not sure was a good thing. (Ask the people in Bophal, India). It's just a cycle that keeps big business going. Invent something and keep using it for several years, then prove that it is a bad thing. Makes work for the clean up people, a new product for the big manufacturers. By the way arsenic only kills in big doses. Meanwhile we can keep making holes in the ozone layer.
And a word in defense of the termites, at lease the ones in the woods. Guess who makes new ozone.
You guessed it.
No. I'm not a know it all. I just read a lot. That's how I found this site.


June in SD    Posted 09-07-2002 at 09:07:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A long time ago people used to soak the wood in arsenic. But they found it leached into the ground and we became worried that it killed people. So we got better at making things that killed bugs which I am not sure was a good thing. (Ask the people in Bophal, India). It's just a cycle that keeps big business going. Invent something and keep using it for several years, then prove that it is a bad thing. Makes work for the clean up people, a new product for the big manufacturers. By the way arsenic only kills in big doses. Meanwhile we can keep making holes in the ozone layer.
And a word in defense of the termites, at lease the ones in the woods. Guess who makes new ozone.
You guessed it.
No. I'm not a know it all. I just read a lot. That's how I found this site.


Juene in SD    Posted 09-07-2002 at 10:01:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sorry. Got interrupted and forgot where I was.


TomH    Posted 08-26-2001 at 19:39:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Termites destroyed a lot of buildings in the old days. I wouldn't mess around if you have them. A termite shield (just a metal barrier) will stop them but has to be installed when the building is constructed.

Hey DW, welcome back.


Dreamweaver    Posted 08-27-2001 at 13:47:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Tom, missed ya!


LazyHorse    Posted 08-26-2001 at 19:36:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
My dad & granpa always swore by pouring either used motor oil, or a mix of diesel & gas in the dirt around a foundation to keep all the bugs out. Now by todays standards we know that is probably not ecologically sound advise, especially with the groundwater protection regulations.


Dreamweaver    Posted 08-26-2001 at 15:35:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hope this is helpful -http://www.mastergardeners.org/recommend/termites.html


IDenise    Posted 08-26-2001 at 16:39:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Very interesting reading, We seem to have one critter or another under just about every rock so we found the different methods very very interesting.
TG we used all PT material below the sub floor!!!


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