Termite Inspections – Termite Treatment and Control
If you are a home or business in a damp and humid climate, you know that the threat of termite infestation is constant. If you have termites on your premises, you may not notice them immediately or mistake them for ants. They are sometimes called white ants because they look similar, but you can distinguish termites from ants in several ways. For one thing, they are pale in color. Additionally, termite bodies do not have the distinctive slender connection of the two sections of the body. While you don’t want ants or termites in your home, you should view their presence with greater alarm because they eat wood and can cause a great deal of damage to the structure of your business or home. In this article, we will share some tips that will help alert you to the presence of termites. We will also provide some information to help you address and/or prevent termite infestation. Read on to learn more.
Three Things You Can Do To Prevent/Address Termite Infestation
Prevention is the best cure because it is very difficult to eradicate termites once they’ve gotten a foothold. Here are some steps you can take to keep termites from invading your home:
1. Keep your home in good condition generally. Ensure all wooden surfaces are well sealed with paint, varnish, or termite-repellent chemical treatment.
2. Be sure to inspect the premises regularly. Look especially for water leaks because termites are attracted to wet wood. Inspect the interior and exterior of your home for plumbing leaks, roof leaks and gaps around windows and in siding. Be sure to repair any gaps or leaks right away.
3. It’s a good idea to sprinkle the boric acid powder around areas where dampness has occurred. This will kill any termites that may be present and also repel any that may be considering moving into areas of damp wood. You must take action immediately if you notice evidence of termites in your building. If you find a termite colony, sprinkle it liberally with boric acid to do away with it.
Options In Effective Termite Treatment
Even though boric acid is not an especially environmentally harmful poison, it can be dangerous to domestic pets and to children, so you want to avoid having to strew it around. You can take steps to prevent having to use even this mild poison in and around your home. Many people have found an effective step is setting up traps for termites away from the building you wish to protect. This type of system consists of “decoy” structures made of wood laced with a termite poison. Termites feed on the wood and carry it back to the nest. In this way, both the termites that are present and those that are emerging are poisoned.
Termite barriers are also a very popular and effective form of termite control. The dampness causes termite problems to be monumental. Installing a termite barrier is an economical way to prevent termites from entering your premises. Additionally, it provides a vehicle for delivering poison to termite nests. A termite barrier system works on the same concept as a moat surrounding a castle. First, a trench is dug around the home’s exterior and flooded with a termite poison mixture. Next, the trench is filled with soil, and another poison treatment is applied. This creates a treated perimeter that surrounds your structure. When worker termites encounter this barrier, they will be dosed with poison as they move through the treated soil. When the worker returns to the nest, it will carry the poison mixture with it. This mixture will kill that worker within two or three days. The mixture the worker has brought back to the nest will kill other colony members within two or three days of ingesting it. Remember that termites exist and travel in the thousands, so you can expect thousands of doses of poison mixture to be carried back to the termite nest. This is an effective way to eliminate a termite colony from the inside.
Eliminating Termites In Your Building
If you already have a termite infestation in your wooden building, getting rid of them must be your top priority. Once they are in place, luring them away with bait traps or attempting to establish a barrier is useless. You must call in a professional pest control service to help you. A good service will be able to evaluate your situation accurately and arrive at a termite control solution that is both ecologically friendly and effective. When your termite problem has been eradicated, our Pest Control professional will work with you to set up a schedule of regular inspections and treatments to prevent further infestation.
A Pre-Purchase Termite Inspection Is A Wise Investment
If you own a home or business, protecting it against termites should be a top priority. Likewise, if you are thinking of purchasing a wooden structure, you should take steps to know its termite infestation status before you ever sign on the dotted line. The best in professional pest control services often offer a valuable pre-purchase pest inspection. By having the building you are considering buying inspected before you make a decision, you exercise very wise judgment. If you find that the structure in question has termite damage, this information can be very useful. You can either decide not to purchase the structure or bargain for a lower price. This will leave you with some money in hand to be able to address the problem.
Termite Inspection And Control Requires Serious Commitment
You must understand that termites are ubiquitous. They are everywhere, and they are persistent. Just killing off one generation of them will not do you any good. They will come back again and again. The only way you can protect your wooden structure against its ravages is to completely eradicate the current population and set up effective barriers against future invasions. At our Pest Control Company, we have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to help you do both. We will provide complete and accurate information about your current situation and offer you the latest and most effective solutions. Well, give you clear and honest information and draw up a firm, understandable contract with you. We will adhere to that contract meticulously to help keep your structure termite free!