Termite treatment isn’t a lot of fun. It’s expensive and it involves chemicals and strangers in your home. Luckily, non toxic sprays are an option, and there are some great termite treatment experts who can assist you. If you need termite treatment, be sure you choose a good company to work with, as that’s the key to the process.
There are many different methods of termite treatment, and you’ll want to consider which option is best for you. You’ll want to consider the baiting system versus soil or sand barriers. Fumigants and heat are also an option. Other methods include trenching, rodding and foam. Given all the options, you’ll want to carefully consider which one is best for you and your bank account.
Choosing a Professional
If you believe that you have termites in your home, the first thing you want to do is confirm that they are actually termites. Some people mistake carpenter ants for termites. So, if you see a small ant-like bug with wings your home, look closely at it. If it has a pill shaped body, it’s most likely a termite.
That being said, you still want to have a professional confirm whether or not you need termite treatment. It may be that you have old tubes where there were once termites, but they’re no longer active. Most likely, if you have signs of termite damage, there’s an infestation, but there’s a chance that you don’t.
If you do have termites, the first and most important thing is that you don’t panic. Termites are a hassle, as is the preventive treatment process, but they’re not going to kill you. Also, your house will not collapse overnight. Termites take a very long time to chew through wood, and the damage is quite slow.
So, take your time when you’re looking for professional to help you with termite treatment. If anyone tries to rush you, choose a different company. Get a number of quotes, compare the cost of service among companies. There are plenty of professionals out there who can help you with treatment, and you should be picky.
Types of Treatment
One of the first decisions you need to make is whether to use soil barrier or baiting. Barriers establish treatment zones between the underground termites and the wood of your home. This is the more conventional termite treatment method. The chemical treatment will kill the termites and last for at least five years.
A baiting system is slightly more labor intensive, and it requires continual monitoring. Baits may require multiple trips for installation an observation. The process may take a few weeks or more than a year! Some baiting systems don’t require insecticides, but others do.
There are multiple treatment methods for soil barriers. The sub-slab method involves drilling holes and injecting pesticide. It’s often used if the termites are coming up through kitchen or bathroom walls. Another option is trenching, which involves digging trenches around the outside of the home.
Trenching involves removing all soil from around the foundation of your home, so that every little termite gets blocked out. Well, except for the ones that are already inside! Trenching is often used with rodding. Rodding involves putting a long pesticide rod into the ground to create a barrier.
Another termite treatment option is called foam. Foam is used for more difficult areas like chimney bases. It doesn’t work in the soil or on its own, but if your termite infestation is difficult to access, it may be a good secondary method. Another option is, as you might expect, to combine a number of the above methods.
There are also alternative methods. For example: heat. Heat is approved for drywood termites, but not subterranean ones. Fumigants are also used for these kind of termites. A drywood termite doesn’t actually need to contact to soil, and can attack wood on its own. The fumigant goes under a sealed tarp.
Fumigation is recommended for major infestations, but people can’t be there while a place is being fumigated. The structure will need to aerate for some time before it’s safe. It will effectively eliminate the infestation, but it’s not a pleasant method!
Of course, no termite treatment is really pleasant. You might consider some alternative methods, like sand barriers. Sand can actually be used instead of chemicals to block termites from entering. It is a difficult process, though, and requires much expertise. You might also consider asking for less-toxic chemicals to treat your infestation.