Termites are one of the quietest, smallest pest around but yet, create the most damage in term of cost and safety. In particular, the subterranean termite is the most aggressive termite that quite literally eat up our house. They gobble on wood that impairs the structural integrity of our property which results to expensive damages. Termites have insatiable hunger and are incessantly active all year-round, so any time is the best time to control and defend your house against them. Here are some termite control tips that you can follow to safeguard your house against these wood- munching insects.
The best way to defend your house from termites is by conducting regular termite inspection. Early detection is very important in ensuring that the termite activities is treated in the fastest possible way. Start by understanding what type of termite is infesting your house. There are many species of termite. In this blog we will cover two of the most common termite, the aggressive Subterranean termite and the Slow Drywood termite.
While you can try to get rid of termite by yourself, it is still advisable that your hire a professional pest control company. Pest control professionals can provide a better evaluation of what you need for your termite problem, understand the signs of termite better and safely administer the proper treatment plan to address your need.
This treatment involves applying a termiticide to the soil where subterranean termites need to passed from. The termiticide is placed in dugouts around the house’s foundation. The treated area around the house serves as a barrier to block or ward off termites who might want to get in your property. This is normally done during the initial stage of building your house. For those that are living in an apartment, this method has already been done before the building is built.
This treatment is designed to prevent any termite colonies from coming in through your house. It involves drilling holes in your concrete slab and injecting liquid termiticide solution in them. This will act as a barrier around the perimeter of the house. Tree stumps or any grass patch will also be treated. Subterranean termite love to start a colony near these areas as the roots has enough moisture for them to strive in.
This treatment method involves placing termite bait system around the house perimeter. The idea is that subterranean termites to get attracted to the baits before coming into the house. This in-ground system can also act as a monitoring system and to detect termites in the surrounding areas of your home which poses a potential threat. It will prevent your home from termite infestation is spotted early.
The above ground treatment is an effective termite treatment method for eradicating the termite infestation. It enables the termite to start feeding the colony with the baits. These baits are not an instant kill treatment, and this allow the termite to bring back the baits to the colony, thus ensuring that the whole colony including the queen will be affected. Depending on how big the colony is, this treatment can take up to 3 months. The baits are normally placed at where the termites damages as this is where the most termite activities are.
Unfortunately, there is no proven methods to eradicate drywood termite apart from fumigation. Two things to take note here. What items are being infested with drywood termite. Is it a fixture?
Example of a fixture include:
Example of a non fixure include
For non- fixture items, fumigation is the best and most effective way to get rid of the termite. You would need to send the items away to a fumigation services for at least 24 hours.
For fixtures items , misting is the most effective way to control the termite.The tricky part for this treatment is that drywood termite is already infesting in the wood. If possible, drilling holes in the wood and soaking it with termicide also help in controlling the infestation. Understand drywood termite better with this link.
Aside from the aforementioned termite control measures, hereunder are additional ways to help keep your house free of termites.
Avoid wooden furniture. Wood is the principal food of termites. Hence, if you have minimal wood in your house, termites are less likely to be attracted.
Maintain you house. Always maintain your house by fixing pipe and drainage leaks, repairing damages roofs, and fixing cracks in the walls and ceilings. Wet wood structures and damp furniture can attract termites.
De clutter unnecessary wood, cardboards and paper. These materials are potential food for subterranean termites. Storing them would attract termites to your house.
Get a regular termite check-up. Termites never sleep. Contact Innovative Pest Management to conduct regular control services for termites in your home. Be it prevention or treatment, call us at 6100 5266 or email us at email@example.com