Professional termite removal often involves a multi-pronged approach. Rather than using only one type of termite treatment, a pest control service will use several removal methods to ensure a complete eradication of these wood devouring pests. After the termite removal is complete, a reliable team will return to inspect your property for signs of reinfestation.
Many homeowners try do-it-yourself termite removal products in an effort to save money. Although these products may be effective at spot removal in specific areas, like a tree trunk or woodpile, eradicating a large colony or removing termites after they’ve invaded your home requires professional methods. Licensed professionals have access to equipment, insecticides and baits that allow them to achieve the most effective termite removal. Contact a professional service for an inspection as soon as you see potential signs of termite infestation.
Termite Removal Methods
A wood consuming termite infestation can threaten the structure of your home and any other wood containing items in your house. Termites can devour books, paper, cardboard and even damage insulation. As soon as you notice signs of an infestation, like swarming termites in the spring, tiny piles of sawdust-like pellets along your floors or hollowed areas in the grain of wooden boards or beams, contact a pest control professional to schedule a full inspection of your house.
The removal of wood devouring insects may begin underground in the damp soil around your home. Subterranean species generally start their infestation by establishing a colony outside the house in the moist earth under a woodpile or a dripping faucet. As the infestation progresses, the insects build a network of mud tubes to access the interior of your home. To avoid exposing themselves to light, the pests travel through these tubes from the colony to your house.
Professional technicians can accomplish the removal of underground termites by injecting liquid termiticides into the ground using specialized wands or rods. These chemical barriers keep termite workers from making their way back to the colony from the house. Because they can’t return to the colony, these termites eventually die. Localized spot treatments may be performed in specific areas around the perimeter of your home to attack areas where termites gather.
Baits are often used as a complement to liquid treatments to ensure complete termite removal. Termite baits consist of small structures made of cardboard, wood, paper or another material that wood devouring pests will consume. The baits are treated with a chemical that’s toxic to termite species. After workers consume the bait, they carry the toxic chemical back to the colony, where other colony members consume it. Baits must be inspected and monitored by your pest control team to make sure they’re effective at the gradual removal of these insects.
Fumigants may be used to remove some species from your home. Drywood species, which live deeply buried inside the wooden fixtures of a building, may never leave the house. A fumigant is an insecticide that’s applied in the form of a fog to eliminate pests that have set up habitation in areas of the home that are inaccessible by other removal methods. Fumigation can be an extensive process, requiring that you and your family and pets leave the house for several days until the chemical has dissipated.
Questions About Termite Removal
Most homeowners and their families have questions about the termite removal process. An infestation can result in costly repairs, which aren’t covered by most homeowners insurance policies. You will probably want to know how effective most treatment methods are, how long they are guaranteed to last and whether follow up service will be required. Many liquid termiticides are guaranteed for up to five years after the first application, and reliable companies will return to make repeat inspections to ensure that treatments were effective.
If you have questions about whether the treatments used to kill pests can have harmful effects on you and your loved ones, ask your pest control professional to describe the products being used and their potential side effects on humans and animals. Many companies offer non toxic methods for eradicating colonies, but liquid termiticides and baits are still the most widely used methods. Ask your provider how long the treatment will take and how soon you and your pets will be able to occupy the property after the insecticides have been applied.
From questions about the cost of termite removal to queries about the signs of reinfestation, you’ll have many points to address with your provider. A reliable company will answer all your questions and give you detailed instructions about what to do before, during and after the extermination process. Look for a trustworthy, licensed provider that offers extensive education about pest control as well as safe, long lasting extermination services at reasonable prices.