Termites are never pleasing to the eyes. If you see an infestation though, don’t panic – look for termite treatments.
Termite Treatment is a term you do not want to hear if it is an experience you are bound to need for your house. You only have to be aware of the right methods and your termite treatment plan will succeed.
Termites are wood eaters but they work slowly, so you can be sure that your house will not collapse in a matter of days. A discovery of infestation during inspection can greatly decrease the value of your house so make sure to look for effective termite control.
The destructive nature of the termite makes it a difficult pest to exterminate and a potentially expensive hazard. Fortunately, they can be done away with and you can protect your home from continued infestations.
There are several termite treatments that exterminators use to control these pests:
This kind of treatment requires a cellulose product soaked in a chemical that kills the termites. This requires the applicator to have knowledge and experience on the application of the baits.
Controlling termites using this method takes a few weeks to more than a year.
Soil barriers are among the termite treatments frequently employed to control these destructive pests.
The chemicals used in the barriers mostly repel termites from entering but they are also deadly once in contact. Chemical treatments can last at least 5 years under the soil, depending on the weather conditions.
Trenching involves digging 6-8 inches wide and 10 inches deep of soil next to the outside foundation wall on slab homes. Soil is removed from against the foundation, piers, and beams.
These are then treated with termiticide along with the soil to cover the dug holes. Trenching generally takes longer but gives a better and more consistent barrier.
Rodding is another type of termite treatment barrier commonly used together with trenching. It uses a long rod with a specially designed tip used to penetrate the soil. A combination of the three is also done to ensure efficiency of the treatment.
Using foam to apply termiticide to hard-to-access parts of the home is also used for termite treatments.
This, however, does not work in treating the soil directly. As for the rest of the house, liquid termiticides are applied first followed by the foam.
Proper termite treatment is a multistep process. If your home (or the home you are hoping to close on) has an infestation it is not necessarily a problem that will cause long-term effects.
For existing infestations, you will need to have the home fumigated. Make sure to contract with the professionals for this. A termite control company will be able to perform this application for you. Follow the fumigation with soil treatment, either baits or barriers.
And, make sure to apply deterrent paints to susceptible areas such as chimney bases and dirt-filled patios.
Soil slabs, holes drilled through concrete slabs in your home, prevent termites from entering your house through plumbing entries and other holes into the house. An insecticide is injected to prevent their advances. Continued treatment should prevent new infestations and vigilance is the best prevention.