Termites can cause significant damage to homes, often from the inside out. Because termites can live deep within the ground or hidden inside wooden structures like walls and support timbers, it can be difficult to detect their nests and provide effective treatment. Qualified pest control experts are trained in termite identification, behavior, warning signs and treatment to help control active infestations and prevent future infestations.
A licensed termite exterminator is trained to recognize signs of termite activity and different termite species. Species identification is important to ensure the most effective treatment techniques and materials are used for termite control.
When inspecting your home and providing treatment recommendations, your pest control expert will consider the construction of your house and the location of the termite infestation(s). In many cases, your termite exterminator will recommend a multi-pronged approach to control. For example, he or she might use a liquid termiticide to kill subterranean termites immediately on contact, plus bait devices with slow-acting termiticide that termites will carry back with them to the colony - effectively killing the foragers and the rest of the colony. This combination approach can ensure the greatest control of the colony.
When you hire a pest control expert, you should choose someone who is knowledgeable about termites and their habits, as well as the methods and products used to exterminate termites. A qualified termite expert is highly skilled in the techniques required to apply insecticides. Often, termite treatment materials need to be applied in inaccessible areas, including within your walls and under the foundation of your home. Your expert will have special equipment and materials, such as foam applications, that can work in these situations.
Termite Control Methods
Termite extermination methods vary based on the species of termite, size and location of the infestation(s), and your home's construction type. The most common subterranean termite treatments include soil treatment, direct wood treatment and monitoring and bait devices. The most common drywood termite treatments include direct wood treatment and gas fumigation; with heat treatment, extreme cold and electronic methods being used more infrequently. Each of these treatment methods is complex and should be performed by someone who has mastered the techniques and understands each method's limitations.
In addition to treating an infestation, a termite inspector should provide detailed suggestions for making your home less susceptible to future termite infestations. He or she should specifically identify problem areas in and around your home that may be conducive to termites, including areas with excess moisture and wood-to-ground contact.