Of all the pests that you face, none are as damaging as the termites. They may not be an immediate threat to you. But because they feed on glucose, a fibrous organic material present in plants and wood, they could eat your house (literally!). Thus, you have to get rid of them.
According to a report, termites can cause damage worth over one billion dollars every year in the US. One of the reasons for that is by the time homeowners discover infestation, they already wreak a lot of havoc. Thus, the best you can do is, detect them at the earliest because the infestation is no different than cancer. Uncover it late, and the treatment is going to be intensive and painful.
There are also many health risks associated with termites. Termite infestations in different parts of your home may cause asthma attacks and allergic reactions. Thus, there are a few treatments that most pest control services use to destroy them.
Pre-treatment for termite prevention
If you are planning to build a house, you are in luck. During the home’s building phase, you can opt for pre-treatments that are more affordable and effective. Before the house’s physical infrastructure is laid, most of us should opt for pre-treatments.
We recommend pre-treating decks, sheds, cellars, and individual rooms to keep termite infestation at bay. Pretreatments comprise a combination of lumber treatment, termite bait, in-soil barrier, and liquid termiticides. These measures bundled up together carry a massive effect when you institute a house’s building phase. Liquid and wood treatments will vary availability-wise depending on what lies in your property’s vicinity and where you reside.
If there are wildlife sanctuaries, sewage drains, and waterways near your property, you will need pre-treatments. Pre-treatment comprising Disodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate will do the following:
- Penetrate wood and provide lasting protection
- Will protect against all termite species
- Will be effective against wood-invading beetles
Did you know subterranean termites live around your home in the soil? Thus, soil treatments are needed to form a physical barrier between your home and termites in the ground. Around the foundation of your home, pest control teams will dig a trench. They will then treat the soil taken out from the channel with termiticides. Once that is done, they will refill the trench.
Soil treatments implement an extra step. They will construct a physical wall inside the trench’s outer wall before filling it with soil. The barrier wall comprises plastic, mesh, sand, and rock. Then, the treated earth will be filled in later. An added barrier is created between termites and your home. In any case, if the pests still make it through the border, the treated soil will kill them.
Liquid treatments are one of the most common types of treatments effective for getting rid of termite infestation in the interior of your home. It involves the strategic drilling of holes into the wood and foundation. In combination with the spot treatments, the pest control teams inject the termiticide into holes, forcing termites to come out.
A spot treatment immediately exterminates them. The liquid treatment alleviates your home’s habitable area available to termites. This non-repellent termiticide picks the poison up and carries it back to the queen.
A foam treatment is best for places you cannot reach and also kills the carpenter bees. When you need a quick fix, the best way to prevent termite colonies from entering your area is to opt for a foam treatment. Aerosol sprays kill off termites around and in your house without leaving poisonous residues that can hurt your pets and family.
Foam works best as a protection method in damp places for wood or similar materials that termites attack often. Foam sprays spread quickly and cover a large surface area, seeping into crevices and holes.
If there is a pest nest somewhere in your house, the garage in particular, then it is best you get any holes or surfaces mechanically cleaned. Scrape off termites from places you find and then apply the foam on the scraped surface to get the greatest ingress into wooden surfaces. The foam quickly acts and prevents termites from returning for at least 3-4 weeks. This treatment makes the queen’s survival an impossible task, making the structure free of termites in a few days.
Foam treatment protects against palmetto bugs and carpenter bees. Not many of you may know this, but a combination of these two pests is a bane for anyone living in humid subtropical regions.
The bait termite system is an effective way to demolish termite colonies. A pest control professional will position bait stations around your home’s perimeter and monitor them on a set constant. This system ensures that your house stays protected against current and future infestations. It causes the termites to lose their eating ability and kills them. But, we recommend inserting it 2-4 feet away from your house’s foundation.
Do not let the termites eat your timber uprights or wooden supporting beams. Seek the help of a professional and assess the extent of the damage. For conclusive protection, opt for soil treatment besides pre-treating your home at the building stage. We hope you liked our blog, and if there is anything you would like to share, do care to comment below.