Termite Control Innovations
When termite control is something you’re concerned about, it’s a relief to know that extermination professionals are constantly coming up with new and inventive ways to treat the problem. While some of the most innovative measures can be quite expensive, it’s worth the cost when your termite problem is taken care of.
Innovative Means of Pest Control
Treating for termites has come a long way since exterminators mixed boric acid with water and hoped it would solve the problem. New science and insight into termite behavior has provided several innovative ways to deal with any termite infestation.
It’s actually possible to pre-treat your home to keep termites away before it is even built. High-resin woods are naturally resistant to these pests, and there are chemical treatments available as well. While this wood will cost you more, it most likely won’t cost as much as getting rid of an infestation later and repairing any damage that’s already been done.
If you don’t choose to pre-treat or live in a home that wasn’t pre-treated, there are still innovative options open for you. Slow-acting baits have been designed to eliminate or sterilize entire colonies of insect, and quick-acting sprays can now kill termites on contact. Even fumigation methods have improved so that the poisonous gas has a better chance of destroying the entire population of pests in your house.
There also exist methods of using microwaves to heat and kill insects in your walls. Exterminators use high-tech detectors to determine movement and heat in your walls, which tells them where the termites are. Then, they target microwaves over those areas. The termites’ body temperatures rise above what they can stand and they die.
This method has some definite positive and negative aspects. On the plus side, it is highly effective in killing termites exposed to the microwaves. It also requires little clean up, as the dead termites stay inside the walls. On the negative side, this kind of treatment can be very time consuming and expensive. Also, it’s easy to miss areas of the walls where termites are living. Even if most of the pests in your home die, a few left living can cause the infestation to continue.
In the end, microwave treatment is probably only worthwhile when other methods have failed to extinguish your termites. If something cheaper and easier to apply, like baiting, fumigation, or a barrier method, will effectively eliminate your problem, there’s no reason to invest the significantly larger amounts of money that using microwaves will require.
Termite Control Innovations and Exterminators
When an exterminator comes out to give you a quote on treating your pest problem, make sure to ask him or her about any new methods of control that might be available. This is particularly a good idea if you have had multiple insect infestations in a relatively short amount of time and would like to get rid of the problem once and for all. If there’s one particular treatment that you’re interested, make sure that the exterminator can handle it before he comes to your house.
If you’d like to try one of these new methods of termite control on your home, talk to your exterminator about it today. While he may not have every method available, he should be able to refer you to someone who does. If you truly believe that a particular termite control innovation is what is needed to get rid of your pest problem, it’s worthwhile to find a professional who offers that method.