Termite barriers can be chemical or non toxic, and some pest control companies offer a combination of both barriers when they treat your home for these wood-devouring pests. A termite infestation can leave a homeowner with thousands of dollars worth of damage to beams, floor joists, walls and other wooden structures. Because termites are so secretive and difficult for the lay person to detect, much of this damage may have occurred before a homeowner becomes aware of their presence.
Most termite infestations begin in the soil outside your house before the insects make their way into your home. Common species build subterranean colonies in the earth surrounding a residence, then gradually invade the house through mud tubes constructed along the foundations and walls of a dwelling. These irregular, elongated tubes are one of the characteristic signs of a termite infestation. Black or white termite droppings, discarded wings and tiny wood pellets scattered along your baseboards should alert you to the need for a professional inspection.
Preventive Termite Barriers
Once you’ve noticed the signs of a termite infestation in your home, the pests may have already begun to consume wooden beams and other structures. If you tap a post or beam and it sounds hollow, or you notice sagging or buckling in walls or ceilings, damage may already be extensive. Some or all of this damage may be prevented by hiring a professional termite and pest larvae control company to install barriers on your property to keep the insects from migrating from their colonies into your dwelling.
Termite barriers may be used as part of a plan to eliminate a termite infestation, often in conjunction with baits or other methods of eradicating these persistent pests. Barriers can also be used to prevent an infestation before it occurs. If your home is constructed primarily of wood, and you live in a moist area that’s prone to infestations, implementing barriers before you see the first signs of damage may make good sense financially.
Because of the extent of the damage they can do and the secretive habits of these species, it pays to consult a professional pest control service if you have any concerns. Most home insurance policies do not cover damage to a structure caused by termites, which means that if your house is invaded, you will most likely be required to pay for repairs out of pocket. Compared to the cost of rebuilding a dwelling that’s been devastated by these pests, the cost of barriers may seem minimal.
Chemical barriers are created by licensed pest control technicians, who inject termiticide into areas of the ground surrounding your house. These substances, which are lethal to termites, prevent the colony members from returning to the colony from your house, or from leaving the colony to enter your home. These chemical treatments are often used to stop an infestation in progress, as well as to keep an invasion from occurring. Using specialized rods, technicians can inject termiticide into areas of your home’s foundation or other structures to eradicate in-dwelling bugs.
Natural Treatments for Termites
In addition to chemical products, natural termite barriers may be installed using sand, stone, steel, foam, mesh or other materials. These non toxic termite barriers can be placed around the house between the soil and the dwelling itself. Although installing these physical termite barriers will not guarantee that your house won’t be invaded, they may make it more difficult for subterranean species to enter your residence. A layer of concrete may even be placed below the house to discourage an infestation.
Sand has been used as a non toxic material for blocking termites because some of the most common subterranean species cannot establish colonies in these dry, shifting granules. Many of these pests prefer damp, moist earth, such as the soil under a woodpile. However, there are some species that actually thrive in sand. For these species, cinder blocks treated with pesticides may be placed in the sand surrounding a house.
If you own a summer home on the beach or you live in a sandy, arid climate, your local pest control service may recommend this approach. Any measures you can take to protect your house against an infestation, including chemical or physical termite barriers, may save you a great deal of stress and money. To determine the most effective way to prevent an invasion, compare quotes from several of the leading services in your area on installing termite barriers around your home.
Many homeowners are reluctant to schedule an inspection because they’re worried about the cost of professional treatment. However, even if an inspector recommends termite barriers, baits and other treatments, the cost of these measures will be relatively low compared to the cost of rebuilding your property. A qualified professional service can recommend effective treatment methods that won’t cost a fortune.