Choosing the Most Effective Termite Treatment Solution
Having pests in your home especially termites is not pleasing. Termites feed on wood and can cause structural damage which is very expensive to repair. Fortunately, there is a wide range of treatment solutions available for homeowners. Some of these control options are natural while others have chemical compounds.
Signs You are Experiencing Termites Infestation
Finding a pile of wings in your home is always a sign of termite infestation. Normally, this is common in the spring when termites are starting new colonies. Other signs include:
- Frass (tiny brown droppings)
- Mounds of sawdust on floorboards and baseboards
- Mud tubes
- Hollow or damaged wood
- Walls that look sunken or rippled
Top 4 Termite Treatment Methods
When the soil is treated, termites can’t access moisture which they need for survival.
A trench is dug around the foundation, the soil is treated and then the trench is refilled. This treatment prevents future infestations since the pesticide can last ten years. Besides that, it kills any termites in your home as they go back to the soil to nest.
The most interesting aspect of using wood treatment method is faster results. This is because the chemical can pass from one termite to another. You can apply termiticide near the affected areas, inject sprays and foams or use borate wood treatments. However, if the termites have already infested, applying the solution means drilling the affected wood to reach the pests.
It is advisable to use non-repellent termiticides like Termidor SC and Taurus SC. With the repellent insecticides, termites can detect any gap in the treated soil and exploit it to gain access in the structure. On the other hand, a non-repellent termiticide is not only economical but also hard for termites to detect, see, taste or smell it.
You can also place bait on the ground in your yard or within the area where termite signs were spotted. The insects will find them, feed on them and then die. Termite baits can be cardboard, paper or termite food mixed with a slow-acting lethal.
Baits are commonly used in structures where soil treatment has failed or in areas where the use of pesticide is a concern (for instance near a water body).
This treatment method involves covering your home in a nylon tent for 48 hours and then injecting sulfuryl fluoride gas. Fans are also used to circulate the gas. By sealing the property, the pests are unable to escape which means complete eradication.
However, termite tenting is only effective for drywood termite.
There is no better method to get rid of pests than prevention. Regular cleaning is one of the many ways to prevent termite infestation. Don’t leave household items, toys, wood in your yard unmoved for long.
Also, clean any standing water especially in dark corners and empty containers in your home. Hydration supports termite survival.
Take Message Home
It is important to understand that every home is different. That is why you should hire Pest Guys when you have a termite problem. They apply a science-based approach to identify the problem before proceeding with termite treatment. You can always count on them for pest inspection, treatment, report, and follow-up services at reasonable costs.