Some Effective Treatment Options for Termite Infestation
May 8, 2017
Termite infestation can cost you a lot if you don’t prevent it or nip it in the bud. There are several effective pest control methods. One of the commonest methods is to invite pest control experts to inspect the infected areas. They can deploy monitoring stations which are placed within soil of infested areas. When the infestation is confirmed, bait stations are used to replace monitoring stations.
Thereafter, worker termites will be attracted by the baits and they will feed the bait to other members of their colonies and they will all be killed. In fact, several generations will be killed. This method is highly effective but it is very slow. The slow pace gives termites enough time to cause more damages. The longer the termites remain alive the more damages they will cause.
Another method is the application of liquid insecticides. It is also advisable to reduce or completely eliminate food sources for termites. A very good food source is a woodpile. Sources of moisture also attract termites.
Leaking roof is another area where termites thrive. So, fixing all leaking parts of your roof is an effective termite control method. This does not only control existing termite infestation, it also prevents future infestations.
Different kinds of termite infestation require different control methods. There is no termite control method that works for all kinds of termite infestations. This is why you need to have as many termite control ideas as possible. It is also advisable to involve your local pest control officer in your termite control quest.
Do-it-yourself termite control method
While there are several do-it-yourself termite control methods, it is often advisable to involve a professional as termites are very destructive and can cost more damage if the control is not well handled.
This is because pest control specialists have the knowledge, expertise, experience and chemicals suitable to completely exterminate termites from an infested home within the shortest possible period of time. Apart from the application of bait stations, other methods could be the application of fumigation tents, foams and sprays. It all depends on the situation and the degree of the infestation and the specie of termites in question.
There are less potent versions of these chemicals and you may not be able to differentiate effective ones from non-effective ones. Applying the less potent ones will only continue to waste your time and it will also give termites enough times to cause more damages. You may eventually have to invite a specialist later but you would have given the termites enough time to cause more damages.
Another challenge with some of these do-it-yourself termite control chemicals is that they are only termite-repellent chemicals. They don’t kill termites completely. So, termites usually find a way to survive the application. Some other chemicals require physical contact to kill any termites. Needless to say it is not possible to spray a chemical that will touch all the termites in an area.
Physical termite barriers
You need to install a physical termite barriers another effective termite control method. This is because subterranean termites, that are the most common type of termites, usually build their colonies within the soil around or beneath a structure. They feed on wood and other cellulose material. So, physical termite barriers will be effective for this type of infestation.
There are two forms of traditional termite barriers. The barrier may be a chemically treated soil or a physical termite barrier. The physical barrier is a layer of protection and it is usually located between the home and the soil. The physical protection is usually made of stainless steel mesh for durability. This makes it impossible
In conclusion, the impact of termite infestation is usually devastating so it is always advisable to contact your local pest control officer. A delay of just one day can cost you much more damages.
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