A reliable termite exterminator will not make unrealistic promises about eliminating termites from your property. Eliminating termite colonies can require time, persistence and the expert application of effective termiticides, chemicals that kill these wood devouring pests. A licensed termite exterminator can use a combination of liquid treatments, termite baits and pest control barriers to remove these insects from your house and the surrounding grounds. However, these reclusive pests are difficult to eradicate.
At the first signs of a termite infestation, contact a professional termite exterminator for an inspection of your property. Signs of infestation include piles of tiny wood pellets that resemble sawdust on your floors, erratically shaped mud tubes running along your external walls, black or white insect droppings and discarded wings. If you see obvious signs that your wooden structures have been affected, such as sagging ceilings or buckling support posts, the insects may have already done considerable damage.
Finding a Qualified Exterminator
Many companies advertise themselves as pest control experts, but finding a qualified termite exterminator may take a little time. Look for a licensed exterminator with a considerable amount of experience in eradicating termite colonies in your area. A reliable exterminator is licensed by the state agency that regulates your local pest control companies. An exterminator may belong to national pest control associations or organizations that uphold high standards in the industry.
When you compare estimates from several pest control companies, you’ll have a better idea of the going rate for eliminating termite infestations. Although there are many affordable termiticides that are marketed to consumers, these sprays, fogs or baits are rarely effective at eliminating a large scale infestation. Commercially available products are most effective at small, localized, outdoor infestations.
If you see evidence of wood destruction around a woodpile or on a fence post, applying a commercial product may stop the problem before it becomes a full blown infestation. Once termites have invaded your home, only the services of a professional termite exterminator will effectively remove the insects. An exterminator has been trained to identify the areas of your residential structure that are likely to be affected by an infestation. Professional pest control teams have access to large volumes of liquid termiticide, which can be injected into foundations.
When you compare quotes from different companies, inquire about a company’s policies about repeating treatments if the infestation recurs. Most professional strength liquid termiticides remain effective in the soil surrounding your property for up to 5 years. Although an honest exterminator won’t guarantee that any single product can eliminate these pests permanently, a dependable professional has a plan in place for reducing the likelihood of a re-infestation of your home.
Termite Extermination Treatments
An experienced termite exterminator takes a multi faceted approach to eliminating an infestation. Subterranean species usually begin their invasion of a property by building colonies in the moist soil outside a house. The colony members then build mud tubes which extend from the underground colony to the foundations and exterior walls of your home. In order to survive, colony members must be able to travel back and forth between your dwelling and the underground colony.
Worker termites travel from the colony to your house, where they devour the wood in beams, floors, and walls. These workers carry nourishment back to the colony, where they feed the growing larvae, which will eventually increase the insect population and perpetuate the infestation. A termite exterminator can interrupt this process by injecting liquid termiticide into the soil, where it acts as a chemical barrier to protect your dwelling. Specialized rods and poles are used to inject termiticide into areas of your foundation where the insects are likely to hide.
In conjunction with liquid treatments, a termite exterminator may use baits. Baits are composed of paper, cardboard or wood, which has been treated with chemicals that are lethal to the insects. After the insects consume these chemicals, they carry them back to the colony and transfer the poison to other members. Eventually, the combination of baits and barriers may effectively eradicate a colony and prevent thousands of dollars worth of damage to a residence.
As a preventive measure, some extermination companies will install chemical or metal barriers in the soil surrounding the foundation of a residence. These barriers may reduce the risk of an infestation in regions where these pests are highly active. Because standard homeowners insurance policies do not cover damages from pests, many homeowners feel that preventive treatment is worth the additional cost if the risk of infestation is high.
A termite exterminator specializes in killing wood devouring pests that can literally destroy a house. Qualified, licensed professionals have extensive knowledge of the different species, how they behave and where they are likely to invade. A competent, experienced team may prevent damages that could result in the partial or total loss of a residence.