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Does Vinegar Kill Termites? [Which one Works Effectively?]

Whenever we see a termite infestation in our homes, the first thing that comes to our mind is some natural ways to get rid of it, in which vinegar is probably the first.

Many people say that vinegar doesn’t work on termites and also there are many people who have seen positive results of vinegar on termites.

Now the question is, does vinegar really kill termites?

So the fact is that vinegar works 100% on termites. You just have to keep in mind that you use the right type of vinegar in the right way.

Now you must be thinking that What kind of vinegar kills termites? And how to use it to get efficient results.

So stay with me In this article, I will tell you which type of vinegar you should use for termites and how to use it effectively. But before that, I would like to tell you what type of termite infestation vinegar works on.

What types of termite infestations does vinegar work on?

You must be thinking that to what extent vinegar works on termite infestation?

We have to understand that vinegar is a type of “on contact” termite killer that can get rid of only visible termites.

In this case, you will have to keep spraying it till you see termites in that infested place.

I will tell you one trick in this article that will help you to kill even hidden termites with vinegar but it should not be a very high-level infestation.

Vinegar works on all types of furniture infestations. Also, if termites are on your bed, mattresses, or even on bedsheets or clothes, then it works on them as well.

Vinegar does not work on walls or ceilings infestations because then the number of termites is very high. And their colony is also hidden inside the walls or the ground where we cannot see them.

What Kind of Vinegar Kill Termites?

White vinegar is considered the best for killing termites. But this does not mean that all types of white vinegar will work against termites.

Acetic acid is found in white vinegar, which kills termites. Generally consumable white vinegar contains only 4% or 5% acetic acid, which is not effective on termites.

If you want to kill termites, use vinegar containing 15% to 20% acetic acid. This kind of vinegar is non-consumable and is intended for cleaning purposes only.

People mostly use consumable vinegar on termites, so they don’t see results. Consumable vinegar only works for termite infestation on clothing, mattresses, curtains, or bedsheets. If you want to remove termites from furniture, you have to use white vinegar containing 15% to 20% acetic acid.

How to Make Homemade Termite Killer with Vinegar?

Here I will tell you step by step how you can make a termite killer vinegar solution to kill termites effectively.

Step 1: First of all you have to take half a cup of white vinegar. Vinegar with 15%-20% acetic acid works best.

Step 2: Now you have to take 2 lemons (4 tablespoons) of lemon juice and mix it well with white vinegar.

Step 3: Now you have to take a good spray bottle that will help to spray the solution on the termites properly.

You have learned to make vinegar solutions to kill termites, now I will tell you how to apply this solution effectively against termites.

How to Use Vinegar to Kill Termites Effectively?

Vinegar solution works very effectively if you use it properly on termites. Normally people think that they can only kill visible termites with vinegar, but if you’ll use it with my trick, you can kill even hidden termites too.

Now I will tell you one vinegar solution strategy that works even on hidden termites effectively.

Step 1: Firstly, you have to spot the infested area and just make a circle over there with a marker.

Step 2: Now you have to use a cardboard bait. In this, you have to damp a small piece of cardboard in water and keep it near the infested area for about 48 hours. Make sure you do not let it dry and keep moistening it with water spray.

Step 3: After 48 hours you will see that termites getting on that cardboard bait. As soon as you feel that no more termites are coming out of the infested area, immediately burn that cardboard somewhere far from your house. Now you have to spray vinegar on that infested area 3-4 times a day, it will kill the remaining termites and not let them come again.

This method not only works on visible termites but is also effective in killing hidden termites. It helps you to get rid of termites from your furniture, bed, doors, mattresses, bedsheets, clothing, closets, and curtains. This method can also prove to be effective for termites on walls or ceilings if the infestation is not spread much.


If you want to get rid of termites, then you should know that normal consumable vinegar does not work effectively on termites. Because it contains only 4%-5% acetic acid.

A non-consumable white vinegar containing 15%-20% acetic acid can effectively kill termites.

The strategy of using the cardboard bait and vinegar solution described in this article can kill even hidden termites very well, and that too in just 48 hours.

You can use vinegar solution on your furniture, bed, doors, mattresses, bedsheets, clothing, curtains, or wherever you see termites.

Make sure you do not apply this vinegar solution to plants or soil. Because vinegar contains acetic acid which can harm the plants.

Namrata Shah

Hey, This is Namrata Shah and I am a professional blogger. I am a professional blogger since 4 years and have keen interest to research about different bugs like windows, software bugs, exceptions handling, programming bugs, and so on.