Termite Treatment - Do it myself
I live in a suburb about 15 miles Southeast of Dallas, and have Subterranean Termites. Our house is concrete slab and brick. The house is 17 years old and we have lived in it since 2001. That year in April, we found termites and the home inspector came back since we had him out for the home purchase, and treated by drilling holes in the local area and filling with liquid. The termites were only found along a bathroom wall (near the bathtub drain and sink drain). The evidence and the termites disappeared. In 2002, we had the same type situation appear in our other bathroom, and had someone come out and do another local treatment. This time, no drilling was done and the company sprayed liquid on all infected areas. We had good access as we removed a panel that exposed the area under the bathtub. Again, signs and termites disappeared. We've gone for the past 3 years with no problems and i check for them every year at this time.
This year they are reappearing, and eating away at my laundry room wall - right there where the washing machine drain comes up thru the floor. They are going from low to midway up the wall, eating as they go. They make some pretty creative mudtubes that extend out from the wall. pretty cool. Only bad thing is it's my house and not my shed (my shed - the place where we stack firewood and let it rot - never gets termites. go figure). We are in process of adopting and have no money left to spend on anything right now.
I can pay for some chemicals or baits. I must deal with this myself as I cannot afford an exterminator. What are my options? On one website, I read that baits are only for assurance after the home has had a perimeter treatment (drilling and filling every ten feet or so). I don't have a drill that will accomplish this. Can i do something else for a local treatment? The termites are only in the laundry room.
Thanks for any help,