Do you have concerns about termite damage? If this is the case, you are not alone. The annual cost of fixing the damage that termites do to buildings is estimated to be over a billion dollars. This fact sheet is meant to help you, the consumer, recognize the signs of termite infestation and take the necessary steps to safeguard your home from these destructive pests.
How to Get Rid of Termites
So there are all the telltale signs: mud tubes, swarmers inside the house, and possibly infested wood fixtures that have been eaten away.
Maybe you had a professional look at it, and the verdict is in. Termites are to blame. It would help if you now decided how to eliminate them: liquid or bait termiticides, heat treatment, or fumigation.
The traditional termite control method is a liquid pesticide. This entails applying the product beneath and around the structure. A liquid creates a long-lasting chemical barrier around the house by repelling them or using a non repellent-but-lethal chemical.
Bait is less intrusive. Using small amounts of termite-friendly materials, the slow-acting insecticide is ingested by the termite, which then transports it back to the termite colonies, spreading the poison.
If you prefer to avoid harsh chemical treatments in your home, pest control experts recommend heat treatments. Heat treatment is the process of using heaters to heat all of the wood in a given structure.
If the infestation is severe, you may require the big gun of termite treatment: fumigation. A large, airtight tent covers the house in this treatment method. A precise amount of gas fumigant is injected and allowed to work. It seeps deeply into every room of the house.
Termite Control Methods Used By Professionals
There are do-it-yourself products available, but they are nowhere near as effective as the tools and treatments available to professionals. Professional termite control companies employ a variety of methods, including:
- Indirect: Because they use a “transfer kill” method, these products are very effective for hard-to-reach termite nests. In other words, termites that come into contact with one of these products do not die immediately but instead, bring it back to their colony and spread it around, killing all of the termites.
- Direct: Whole-house fumigation is sometimes the best way to rid a home of termites. Other, more localized treatments, on the other hand, kill termites immediately. These products are typically injected into the wood where termites hide. Once in contact with the termites, they dissipate, allowing the termites to leave the house.
- Environmentally friendly: If you’re concerned about the environment, today’s termite experts have several excellent options for you. Borates, which use boron to prevent infestation, and botanicals, which are often made of orange oil and kill termites on contact, are two examples of this.
Say Goodbye to Termites Now!
There are usually more where there is one, whether you see swarms or a few dropped wings. Don’t put off dealing with your termite problems. Contact The Pest Bros to get rid of termites and keep them out. We can also provide you with preventative treatments and regular monitoring to ensure that your home is protected from future infestations.