Residential Termite Control
Residential termite control can help homeowners avoid expensive damage to their homes. In areas with dense human populations termites are often responsible for major damage to private residences and other structures. They do have an important role to play in the ecosystem, as they break down dead wood and provide food to certain predators. However, their presence in our homes is anything but welcome. Residential termite control service ensures that present infestations cease and that future ones are prevented through various strategies employed by highly trained technicians.
Termite Control through Prevention
Termite control is characterized as a reactive industry dedicated to responding to threats posed by this pest in homes and other structures. And it is true that the cost of this service in many cases does go to elimination efforts in and around the home. But although there are some great chemical and non chemical options available for treatment of termites, the most effective type of termite control is simple prevention. It sounds overly simplified but it is true nonetheless: the best way to defeat termites is to prevent them from fighting you at all.
Prevention is important in the initial construction phases of home and commercial construction. Reading a termite report will inform you of a variety of preventative methods. Mesh barriers that form a physical barrier to prevent termites from getting in through the foundation and gaining access to the house are very effective at reducing the threat. Chemical barriers in conjunction with physical barriers sometimes work best, although certain chemicals have been banned for use over concerns about product safety. Digging a trench around a new home and filling it back in with granite granules or pebbles provides a physical distance outside the foundation where subterranean termites have to leave the soil if they wish to get in.
Buyers interested in purchasing a home or those who are getting ready to build a home of their own need to understand the importance of residential termite control. For new houses, builders and homeowners can look into the different possibilities they have for different methods and techniques of termite proofing the home before it is even finished. And for existing homes, there are pretreatment and treatment options that can really prevent further damage in cases where infestation is present.
Naturally Termite Resistant Woods
Naturally termite resistant woods are those types of wood that are already able to withstand the attacks of these pests without being chemically treated. Chemically treated wood is also very resistant. New construction especially in areas where termites are prevalent should include the use of such lumber for the framing of the home. Termite resistance at every stage from the home perimeter to the footings and foundation to the wood itself can substantially cut down on termites’ ability to get in and cause damage in our homes.
Floor joists, foundations, and any wood siding should all avoid direct contact with the soil. This preventive measure just eliminates one more way this opportunistic pest has of getting in and causing damage. It is great to count on the services of a company offering non toxic chemical barriers and other treatment options. But it is even better to simply build in such a way that such additional measures are unnecessary.
Pest Control and Termite Inspection
Anyone buying a home should insist on making pest control part of the inspection process. Pest inspection checks over the whole house and makes sure it is free of infestation and also looks for past damage as well as signs of future threats. Residential termite control is an all encompassing approach using the best available techniques to prevent damage and save money.