Depending on the type of termite control products used around your home, these materials either can help control infestations and/or prevent termites from entering areas of your home where pest control experts cannot see them.
Termite treatment zones are most important around common termite entry points, including where your home's foundation meets the soil and around openings where utilities enter your home. In these areas, physical termite barriers can force termites to build mud tubes, a common sign of their presence, in more visible locations.
Types of Mechanical Termite Barriers
Physical barriers, such as stainless steel mesh, help reduce the number of termite entry points below ground. These barriers do not repel or kill termites. They simply help seal off areas of your home where termites are most likely to enter undetected.
Particulate barriers, which can be made of sand, granite or basalt, create a densely packed layer of materials under and around a home. If properly installed with the correct particle size, the pieces are too large for termites to move and leave gaps too small for termites to crawl between to reach the house.
Types of Chemical Treatment Zones
A chemical termite treatment zone can either prevent termites from foraging near the home (repellent termiticide) or control termites and their colony foraging nearby (non-repellent termiticide).
Termite Barriers and Pests
Termite control methods are designed to help reduce the likelihood of a termite infestation in your home. But termites are more than just nuisance pests; termites are very destructive insects.
By some estimates, termite treatment and repairs for termite damage in the U.S. total more than $5 billion annually. Homeowner's insurance typically does not cover termite damage. To protect your home, consider all means of termite prevention and control and schedule routine termite inspections from a trained professional.