Home Termite Control
Home termite control can seem like an impossible feat to accomplish to the average home owner. Termites are grotesquely unappealing and we humans have a natural aversion to dealing with the pesky insects. But they must be handled for they are dangerous creatures to be left to their own devices. Beyond their creepy appearance, termites are stealthy. Most termites live underground in tunnels they carve out themselves called colonies. These colonies can house up to hundreds of thousands of termites depending on their size. From the underground tunnels they rise to the surface to eat away at the wood foundation of homes. The fact that this is their mode of operation makes them incredibly hard to spot. It is often the case that people don’t know that there home has been infested by termites until they have done significant damage.
There are numerous methods employed in home termite control including extensive machinery and chemical killing agents. But these forms of home termite control should be utilized when termites have already infested the home and need to be put under control immediately. But the question is how does one make sure termites never show up? Ask any pest control company what they believe is the best way to termite proof one’s home and they will say the wisest thing one can do is to take preventative measures. These are things a homeowner can do to make sure their place of residence doesn’t attract a termite infestation. When thinking about preventative methods one should consider the two reasons why a termite would come into one’s home; one reason is food which is wood and the second reason is water to wash down all that wood. Termites access wood foundations from the ground up, so making sure that no part of the house made of wood is touching dirt will be the biggest defense against an infestation. Many homeowners choose to install a termite barrier for their home termite control which is a large barrier usually made from metal that is installed in basements and the bottom of houses. Other preventative measures one can take for their home termite control is if one stores chopped lumber, they should make it a point to not keep it in small narrow places. Lawns should be cleared of any stumps or rotting logs as termites will fester in them. On doors and windows, screens are a good way of keeping insects out. Termites are a thirsty critter as well as a hungry one. Fix any leaky pipes one might have, and clean any place or part of the house that collects or pools water should also be cleaned. By doing these simple task around the house, one going well beyond the necessary control methods for their home.
Over the Counter Home Termite Control
If one has taken on all the preventative control methods for their home termite control and still feel like they need an extra level of security or they have found termites in their home and need to get rid of them immediately, then a quick trip to a store can turn anyone into an amateur home control exterminator. The most commonly available home termite control products sold over the counter are termite control bait traps and chemical killing agents.
Baits are small traps that have bits of termite food that is covered in a slow acting killing agent. One places them near where the termites are entering the house from, if one doesn’t know where they are coming in then placing them in tight spaces is best. It enters the bait and takes the food, by doing so they come into contact with the deadly infectious chemical. They then take the food back to their underground colonies and the chemical spreads to the entire population of termites and taints their food storage. In time, successful baits can kill off entire colonies. Using baits is good long term control method but won’t be able to do much against full on infestation already wreaking havoc. For those cases one will want to buy a chemical killing agent.
One can purchase chemical killing agents from retail stores, but it should be noted, that they may not be as effective as those used by professional pest control companies for safety reasons. These chemicals should be used to stop termites from doing any additional damage to one’s home. Professional pest control companies call these “problem areas” or “active areas”. Chemical fast acting killing agents will not eradicate a colony and relying solely on it will cause termites to come back. Home termite control is best executed with a mix of both the fast acting killing agent and the bait traps are used when faced with an infestation. Rid the house of problem areas as to stop the termites from causing additional damage and then set up bait traps to make sure not a single termite comes back.