Termite Control is a growing industry in the United States. With over 20 million homes up for sale or resale, this industry is exploding. We’ll find out about the three main termite control techniques are baiting, liquid pesticides, and fumigation.
Baiting: Baiting is one of the most effective termite control techniques and involves applying insecticide to an area with signs of termite activity. Baits are placed beneath the ground and are easy to apply. It takes a few weeks before a termite control company can begin to see any signs of termites, and onsite inspection will reveal nothing. Baiting is only recommended for soil or mulch applications. Other types of termite control baits such as fumigants, insecticidal soaps, and sprays can also be used.
Liquid pesticides: While commonly used for termite treatment, liquids are also used in the home for prevention and control. These liquids are sprayed under the house, lawn, and around the foundation in addition to the ground. If you have a wood decking, foundation, or siding, it would be wise to apply these liquids to these areas.
Subterranean termites: This is extremely difficult to treat pests. Subterranean termites are found underground, and they do not feed on wood. It is estimated that over 30% of houses built today have some subterranean termite infestation. Subterranean termites like wood.
A baiting system will include a system of monitors that will locate these pesky pests. Once located, the technician will then apply one of the three types of liquid termite treatments. If you have wooden decking, the professionals will first use a liquid treatment to kill the termites and prevent them from coming back. If you have siding or a foundation, the professionals will use a bait that will be lethal to the termites.
Baits are usually put out in bait stations throughout the property. These baits are designed to be slow-acting. The bait station will contain a colony of termites that will consume the bait over time. When the termites consume the bait, they fall prey to the slow-acting insecticide. The insecticide will kill the colony of termites and prevent them from coming back. This method has been proven to be very effective and will eliminate most of the termite population in your home.
An infested home that requires Termite Control should be treated in the following manner. First, if there is wood involved with the infestation, any woodworking that might be damaged should be removed. This includes any stairs, interior wood beams, or other wood elements present in the home. Second, if the wood is not damaged, an immediate treatment solution should be applied to prevent further damage. The treatment solution can be done in one of two ways.
If the termites have damaged the wood, it will need to be scraped off the exterior foundation wall, and the Termite Control Company can then take care of the problem underground. The outside wood should be treated using insecticide, and then any decayed or rotting wood should be pulled from the crawl spaces. If there is any living material such as rotted wood in the crawl space, it will need to be removed. The Termite Control Professional will then use heavy-duty equipment to scrape off the termite colony. Finally, once all the infested areas have been treated, the area will be sprayed with a Termite Control Solution to kill any remaining termites and prevent new ones from reproducing.