Cheap Way to Kill Termites

Learn how to use termite bait to safely kill termites before they can cause damage to your home.

Many people believe that the best way to kill termites is to hire a professional exterminator. While this may be an effective option, it is often not the most cost-effective. Professional termite extermination costs can be high, and fumigation techniques can have a negative affect on your home and loved ones. Outdoor and in-home termite baits are an inexpensive and safe way to kill termites at the source: their nest. With pesticide-laced bait, you can kill an entire colony of termites with little effort.

Outdoor Termite Bait Stakes

Step 1

Drill a hole into the ground every 10 feet around the perimeter of your house using an earth auger. These holes should be about six inches deep and placed within two to three feet of your house's foundation.

Step 2

Insert a termite bait stake into each of the holes following the directions on the package.

Step 3

Install additional stakes into the ground in areas that are known to contain termites or are more likely to house them. Possible sites include moist areas near water spigots, sprinkler heads and mulch beds.

Step 4

Inspect the termite stakes every two to three months by pulling them out of the ground and looking to see if termites are inside and if the bait is being eaten.

Step 5

Install an additional termite bait stake within one foot of any stakes that show evidence of termite activity.

Step 6

Continue to monitor the stakes every three months, even after termite activity has ceased, for at least nine months total. Stakes should be replaced or removed at least every nine months or before termites have eaten all of the bait.

In-Home Termite Bait

Step 1

Lay termite bait stations on flat surfaces throughout your home where they will not be stepped on and cannot be reached by pets or children.

Step 2

Identify termite mud trails or mud tubes that may exist on the floors in your home, in wood paneling and damp areas such as basements. If possible, break off a piece of the mud tube and line up the mouth with the opening of the termite bait station so termites will be more likely to encounter the bait and carry it back to the colony.

Step 3

Monitor bait stations and replace them when the bait begins to run out.

Step 4

Place an additional termite bait station near any station that shows definite termite activity.


To avoid termite infestation, repair any cracks or leaks inside and around your house, and stack firewood away from the house.

Spraying liquid termiticides on the soil in areas where termites have been found can help to reduce the population of termites infesting the area surrounding your home.

Things You'll Need

  • Earth auger

  • Outdoor termite stakes

  • Indoor termite bait stations


Use caution when working with pesticides. Read and follow all directions carefully before using any termite extermination products.

Do not place termite bait stations in or around wells where the pesticides may enter a water source.