One method of termite control that is acceptable is chemical pretreatment. Using pretreatment is best left to professionals who know how to properly apply the pesticide. Pest Control professionals can also guarantee the efficacy of the treatment, whereas contractors can only make general statements. Below are some insecticides that are generally accepted in pretreating.
Spectracide Terminate: These are injected into the soil around the perimeter of the home in areas that are prone to moisture. While these methods are effective, they are not very effective against subterranean termites, which can live in colonies of thousands of individuals. If termites do find a way into the house, they will simply return to the soil and die. In these cases, it is impossible to determine when termites first began causing damage.
Pest control companies offer multiple treatments to combat the problem. They specialize in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to provide the best protection for homeowners and businesses. Understanding the termites’ behavior and how to effectively combat them is the first step to protecting your property. Learn about their diet and habits to find effective treatments. If you suspect your home is infested, be on the lookout for tiny mud tunnels that may indicate a termite problem.
Termites need wood and soil for food and moisture. They often construct shelter tubes that span foundation walls. Cracks and voids are perfect places for these tubes to grow. Occasionally, they may also establish colonies without soil contact. However, they usually begin from an established colony in the soil. Termites typically enter a building through structural wood that adjoins soil. Slab houses may also have cracks and utility and sewer pipe openings.
Liquid termiticide is another common method of termite control. This is a method of application that involves injecting a liquid into the woodwork. The foam, which is a nonrepellent termiticide, kills termites through the spread of poison. Another method is baiting termites by placing small pieces of wood or paper around the perimeter. Once termites encounter this treatment, they carry the poison back to their colony.
Bait traps are another effective method of termite control. Baits use an active ingredient called hexaflumuron, which destroys the reproductive and maturation cycle of pests. The effectiveness of baits depends on the type of bait used and how often the baits are replaced. Baits require ongoing monitoring, which requires the homeowner to change them every year. Spectracide termite treatment is widely available and can be purchased at the stores.
Bait stations are easy to apply and child and pet-resistant. The active ingredient in the bait stations disrupts the molting process, which occurs only in insects and closely related organisms. Termites will find the baits during foraging and then take them back to the colony. As the bait spreads, the termites will die, and the area surrounding them will gradually be free of active termites. Termite bait stations require a periodic inspection by a termite specialist. Replacement of bait is an essential part of effective termite control.
Fumigation is another type of termite control. Fumigation uses a tent to cover a home while a precise amount of gas fumigant is pumped into the tent. The gas contains an odorless active ingredient that kills termites and an odorous component that warns humans. Unlike traditional methods, the gas does not linger on the structure. It takes 24 hours for the treatment to take effect.
Fipronil is an active ingredient in many flea medicines. It is not harmful to pets but is poisonous to humans. Some termiticides contain a special solution that can kill the entire colony in one application. This solution is effective in killing termites, centipedes, and wasps. Once applied, it will last for over 10 years and is completely pet-safe. It is important to remember that the termicide is intended for outdoor use.
If you are not confident in your ability to do the treatment yourself, seek a professional. You can obtain information on the subject from your state’s pesticide regulatory agency. Moreover, a licensed and insured termite control company will give you peace of mind that your home is free of termite infestations. Termite control can be expensive, so make sure you hire an experienced termite control company. You should also check their license and training requirements.