I'm having an issue with termites at the back of my house where there isn't any dirt/soil for at least 10-12 feet in every direction.


After watching this video, the content creator claims its very unlikely to get terminate damage in areas that are surrounded by a lot of concrete, and gives very little advice on how methods to actually treat these areas.

Well lucky me, the activity I'm seeing is in an area that is surround by at least 10-15 feet of concrete in all directions. As a matter of fact the only area we have soil or grass is on the right side of the house and the front of the house. So how do you apply treatment to a situation like this? What is the solution to that?

Please, I know someone is going to comment to call a professional. Anyone can call a professional, im here for DIY tips.

  • How about a pic or two of your property? You can crop it to not give away too many hints of where you live if you're concerned about that. And no, we usually don't say "call a pro" until it seems like the only safe option, or, possibly if special licensing is necessary to use chemicals. I haven't a clue if that's necessary for fighting termites. Oh, and there are a few spam answers that just say "call a pro", but they get cleaned up pretty quickly.
    – FreeMan
    Apr 22 at 17:14
  • The serious type poisons will require a license to purchase in many locations. May 22 at 18:51

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I am not a pest control expert, but I've dealt with termites before.

I recommend bait stations around the perimeter of your house (10ft apart recommended). If you have a concrete pad, that is part of your perimeter. Bait traps kill colonies.

Additionally, you want to use either a spray or powder to treat the spot where you think you have penetration. Sprays and powders generally only kill what touches them, but this should buy some time until hopefully they find their way to the bait traps.


A professional termite treatment in an area of the house surrounded by concrete includes drilling through the concrete until the drill bit reaches soil, then injecting termiticide. The hole is then plugged up.

I've seen termite damage right in the middle of a condo built on a slab where the nearest exposed soil was over 20 feet away. Rumor had it that the builder included busted-up trees when they backfilled the foundation, and the dead wood supported vast subterranean termite colonies. Any cracks in the slab allowed termites to reach lumber in the living space.

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