Pest Termite Control
Termites are terrible little critters. They are at their peskiest when they are eating away at the foundation of homes. Since termites like to eat wood they are a house’s most feared enemy. They are often found underground festering in self made tunnels so they are hard to spot. Often the case is they are not seen until they have done significant damage. Inquiring about pest control is a best bet when trying to get rid of a termite infestation. There are numerous methods employed by pest control companies including backhoes, baits and traps but one of the best control techniques is the use of chemicals.
Control Utilizing a Backhoe
The termite backhoe is a specifically, designed to disrupt, destroy and dismantle the burrowed tunnels made by subterranean termites and thereby prevent termite wall damage or other forms of destruction. This device has been used since the mid 1800s and whiles some changes have been made over the years it remains similar to the original. This mechanical device uses self-propelled spinning blades that when pushed swirl the loose dirt. The backhoe brings the dirt up and then pushes it back into the earth. By destroying the termites’ home and base of operation one is cutting them away from their food source and the insects will be forced to move someplace else. Using a termite backhoe will also physically kill many termites in the process.
Control Utilizing Baits and traps
Using baits and traps are both easy to use and efficient. They take little effort to set up and one can basically forget about them as they need little effort to maintain. Baits are small contraptions that trick the termite into believing there is food within. What is really inside is a poison that kills termites. The purpose of the bait, is not simply for a termite to be duped, is to give the termites a poison that it will bring back to the colony. Since termites take whatever food they find or forage back to their colony, the bait will administer the poison to countless termites once it’s been taken by a single worker termite. Traps are similar in set up and make. Though, instead of spreading poison to a whole colony they simply kill the termite unfortunate to step into the trap. This is why it is important to keep baits near colonies because there is a chance the termite pest might die from the poison before he gets back home.
Control Utilizing Chemicals
People have been using chemicals to get rid of termites for centuries. The use of boric acid, usually mixed with some water, has been used for pest termite control since almost as long as the backhoe. These days, insect killing chemicals are highly complex. Pest termite control companies have been selling patented chemical solutions over the counter and pest termite control companies have their own patented chemical formulas they use to rid homes of termites.
One of the chemical compounds used by pest termite control in controlling these insects is a slow acting killing agent. When termites come into contact with the pest termite control chemical compound it becomes infected with a contagious and deadly killing agent. As it comes into contact with other termites, they in turn become infected. When the first termite makes its way back to the colony then it is only a matter of time before every member becomes infected. Since the chemical is slow acting it destroys an infestation over time, though does so thoroughly. There is also a fast acting agent that kills the insect on contact. This is good for stomping them from doing anymore visual damage but doesn’t rid an entire pest infestation.
Precautions when Having Your Home Treated for Termites
The chemical used by pest termite control in controlling a pest can be hazardous to one’s health. Excessive inhalation of these toxic chemicals can cause serious damage to the body and could result in death. Pest termite control companies will inform their customers when it is not safe to be inside the home when treating for termites.
There is little to be alarmed about when using these chemical compounds. While they are menacing, they are also effective. Chemical treatments from boric acid with some water centuries ago to today’s highly scientific toxin concoctions have been used for so long because they work.
The other forms of pest eradication used by pest termite control companies are rather harmless to one’s health. Though it should be noted due to the training in machinery, pest termite control companies advise people that they should hire a professional to operate a backhoe. Baits and traps can actually be bought at grocery stores, though the ones people can purchase at their local store are usually not as powerful as the ones provided by the professionals.