A long lasting termites treatment may help you avoid the expensive damage that these wood destroying insects can cause. Throughout the US, termites cost homeowners thousands of dollars in structural repairs to their homes each year. Knowing the signs of a termite infestation and taking measures, like using bait stations, to prevent colonization can help you avoid the need for chemical treatment. However, if you note the signs of insect activity in or around your house, it’s important to schedule an inspection with a licensed professional and discuss termites treatment.
There are many different species of termites, and these species have preferences in their choice of habitat. Subterranean and dampwood species prefer moist environments with proximity to a source of wood. The damp soil under a woodpile or the interior of a decaying tree trunk are inviting habitats for these insects. Once termites establish a colony, often underground, they begin foraging in the area for wood containing materials. These sources may include trees, untreated lumber, fences or other wooden structures or the structural fixtures of a building.
Although these pests are active all year round, the warm, damp months of spring are the high point of their activity. In the spring, reproductive members of the colony swarm in an effort to find mates and start new colonies. At this time of year, you may see swarms of winged termites around your home. Swarming termites or discarded wings are strong indications that your property has been colonized. Mud tubes running up an exterior wall or along the foundation of your house are also clear signs that these pests are foraging in your house.
You can discourage an infestation and avoid termites treatment by keeping your property well drained and free from standing moisture. Repair any broken gutters or leaky faucets that may be leaving puddles around the house. Remove any tree stumps or rotting wood from your hard, and store lumber or firewood at a distance from the house, preferably in an insect-proof shed. Inspect the foundations of your house for mud tubes, the tunnels that these insects use to travel back and forth from their colony into a residence.
Types of Treatment
If a professional inspector confirms that you have a termite infestation, the inspector or a pest control team will recommend one or more types of termites treatment. Professional pest control services generally use more than one treatment to ensure long lasting eradication of these insects. Liquid chemical treatment is often combined with a baiting system to repel or kill the subterranean species. Fumigants may be used to eliminate drywood species, which may spend their entire lives buried in the wooden structures of a house.
Liquid chemicals called termiticides are injected into the soil around the residence to eliminate the pests as they make their way back and forth between the house and the colony. Baiting systems are then installed in areas where the insects search for food. These baits are fabricated with cardboard, paper, wood or another material that’s attractive to foraging pests. The baits contain toxins that can destroy the pests. Foraging insects ingest the toxins, then take them back to the colony to share the substances with other members.
Drywood species do not need damp soil to establish a colony inside your home, although they may colonize woodpiles, stumps or other outdoor fixtures. These species are especially secretive and difficult to detect, burying themselves inside the beams, posts or panels of a house. Fumigant termites treatment may be used to reach these reclusive pests deep in the structures where they hide. A fumigant is a whole-structure approach to treatment, attacking bugs that are hidden in recessed or unreachable areas of a house.
Preventive termites treatment may keep your home from being infested by wood destroying species. Preventive measures may include installing a barrier of metal or liquid pesticide around the house to block entry into the residence. In areas of the country where infestations are common, homeowners may choose to have barriers installed as a means of avoiding pest damage and eliminating the need for more extensive treatment.
Non toxic termites treatment methods are available for homeowners who want to avoid the use of chemicals. These treatments may also be applied on properties where chemicals cannot be used because of the presence of a well or another structure that may be contaminated. Non toxic termites treatment includes metal or sand barriers, heat or cold application, liquid nitrogen or electrocution.
Although commercial termiticides are available to homeowners, professional termites treatment is the most effective way to eradicate wood destroying species over the long term. If you live in an area that’s prone to infestation, consider having your home inspected at least once a year. The costs of prevention and inspection are minimal compared to the cost of structural repairs.