Termite Treatment Options for Your Home
If you suspect a termite infestation in your home, contact your pest control expert to confirm if termites are present and if so, which species is attacking your home, before determining how to get rid of the termites.
Subterranean termites build their nests in the soil underground and prefer different conditions than drywood termites, which build their nests in the wood they infest. These unique behavioral differences must be addressed with targeted control measures to match.
How to Get Rid of Subterranean Termites
Termiticide Application – Pest control specialists often treat subterranean termite infestations by applying termiticides to the soil around and under a house. This treatment provides a barrier of protection around the home and addresses potential termite entry points. In some cases, experts also apply termiticides to the surface of infested wood or inject it directly into the wood.
Monitoring and Bait Stations – Monitoring and bait devices are another method for identifying and controlling subterranean termite infestations. First, monitoring stations are set up near areas with confirmed or potential activity.
If activity is confirmed, your pest control expert will replace the monitoring stations with bait devices that will attract termites seeking new food sources. These forager termites will ingest toxins within the
devices and then carry these toxins back with them to the colony, where they will share the lethal bait with their nestmates.
Unlike directed liquid treatments, bait treatments can control a much larger population than those who come into direct contact with the termiticide. Since colonies may be hundreds of feet from your house and up to 18
inches below ground, bait devices can have a broader reach to control termites in and around your home. However, this assumption of effectiveness depends on the proper placement of the bait devices – if not set
appropriately, the termite colony may not come into contact with the bait. Once removed, these bait devices do not provide protection against future infestations.
Frequently, termiticides and bait devices are used in combination. Liquid spray and granular termiticides immediately kill termites that are in and around your home, while bait devices can provide more slow-acting
support in controlling the termites that are deep within the nest.
How to Get Rid of Drywood Termites
Pest control experts typically treat extensive drywood termite infestations through gas fumigation or heat treatment. For targeted infestations, they can treat colonies with a termiticide injected directly into the wood
that houses the colony.
When to Treat for Termites
Most termite treatments take place in the spring, since this is the time when most homeowners notice termite swarms – the most visible sign of a termite infestation.
However, termite treatments should be performed whenever signs of an infestation are discovered. Your pest control expert can advise if weather conditions would adversely affect the effectiveness of the recommended treatment method. For example, liquid soil treatments for subterranean termites should not be applied immediately prior to rainfall, as rain can reduce the concentration of the termiticide applied.
Termite Insurance, Bonds, and Gurantees
The most effective way to help protect your home is to use prevention and treatment methods guaranteed by a contract with a reputable pest control company.
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Chemicals and Pesticides for Termite Control
With the development of integrated pest management practices, the application of termite control chemicals (baits or termite pesticides called termiticides) is now more targeted, more effective and at a lower volume.
Together, academic experts, researchers and the pest management industry have made great strides in understanding the biology and behavior of termites and using this knowledge to develop the control methods and products used today. Through integrated pest management, professionals learn to use a variety of targeted control methods, which helps minimize the amount of chemicals required for effective prevention and treatment.
As technology and research progress, new termiticides have been developed. These chemicals are less broad-based and more directly target termites' unique biology and behavior. Since these termiticides are effective at lower volumes and concentrations than previous versions, they have less of an impact on the environment than their predecessors.
One key example of evolving termiticide technology is the development of non-repellent termiticide. Through a transfer effect, a non-repellent termiticide controls both the termites that come into direct contact with it and nestmates who indirectly come into contact with it through feeding and grooming. Previously, a repellent termiticide controlled only the termites that directly touched it.
Effective termite control can require the use of pesticides in combination with non-chemical methods. Your pest control professional can recommend the most targeted treatment approach that uses the least amount of materials necessary to help provide effective control. Before treatment, make sure to ask your pest control expert how these materials can impact your family, pets and the environment.