What types of termite treatments are likely to be recommended?
You suspect the worst. Your termite inspector arrives. After a full inspection around all wood and other areas of your home, you get the bad news. You have termites. So, now what?
While there are termite treatments for do-it-yourselfers, most experts do not recommend this approach. You wonder if it’s just that they want your money. While do-it-yourself remedies are cheaper in the short run, in the long run, they can cost you thousands in structural repairs.
termites, more than any other pest, require expert intervention and fast.
What factors are taken into consideration when deciding on a termite treatment?
Your exterminator considers many factors before recommending the treatment that will safely and efficiently rid you of this pest, including:
· Species of termite
· Location of termite infestation
- Determining the location of the termite infestation helps factors into the type of treatment or treatments that will be the most effective in eradicating these pests.
· The severity of termite infestation
- For larger infestations, you may need more aggressive treatment. Possibly a stronger termiticide or multiple treatment types.
· The extent of structural damage
- If you have significant damage to your home, you may need to address not only the termites but repair of the structural damage. Your exterminator can help you decide if you need to address this issue further.
What types of termite treatments are available?
· Spot treatments
- When caught early enough, if termites have not propagated to extensive areas of the home, spot treatments may be useful in eliminating them. For spot treatments, termite experts drill small holes into the wood and inject a termiticide. Your exterminator has the knowledge and experience to decide if you have merely a local infestation requiring a spot treatment, or if you need more a more extensive program to safely and effectively eliminate termites from your home.
· Termite barrier treatments
- Barrier treatments can effectively treat larger infestations. The goal of this method is twofold. First, you seal the house to keep more termites from entering. Second, you deprive the termites already present from reaching the water in the soil needed to sustain them, thus leaving them to die. termite barrier treatments are often also applied during construction. Usually, this method is not required more frequently than every five years.
· Termite bait
- termite bait is another weapon in your pest control expert’s toolbox. termite bait is usually made of cardboard or other cellulose and contains a slow-acting lethal substance to termites. The termite then returns this poison to the rest of the colony. The main thing to remember about this type of treatment is that the bait must appeal more to the termite than competing substances in its path. Selection of a material that will entice termites requires the knowledge and experience of a professional.
Are follow-up treatments necessary?
Once your home has had a termite infestation, it is essential to note that these pests can return. While most pest control companies do warrant their work, and termite treatments typically last up to five years, getting an annual inspection is a critical step towards ensuring no further problems with termites have returned.
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