Termites can cause a lot of problems if they infest your home. As the main food source of termites is celluloses that are found in abundance in wood, termites can eat away at the foundation of your home thus causing structural damage. If you want to keep your house safe from the damage that termites can cause it is important that you enlist the help of a termite control professional as they are the ones who can help you the best.
It is important that you make an inspection for termites a regular part of your home maintenance. This can help you nip the infestation in the bud before it can cause any major damage to the house.
Cost of termite and rodent control
If you have a full blown termite infestation the cost of getting rid of it can be very high. However, it is considerably cheaper if you are able to identify the infestation early on.
There are many different kinds of treatments that a pest control company can use in order to control your termite infestation.
Subterranean Treatment for Termites
Application of Termiticide: A pest control professional would choose to apply a termiticide to soil that is present around and under the house. This type of treatment can also be very useful if you want to form a barrier around so as to prevent more termites entering your home. Termiticide is put at all of the potential major entry points of the termites. The expert may also apply termiticide to the surface of the wood that is infected or directly injects the termiticide into the wood.
Bait and Monitoring Stations: Using devices for setting baits and monitoring is one way that can help you identify and control a subterranean termite infection. The monitoring station is first set up in areas where there was suspected activity. The bait station will attract any termite that is on the lookout for a new source of food. The forager termite will inject toxins that are present in the bait and also carry the toxins to the colony. When compared to the treatment with liquids the use of bait can affect a larger colony and spread to larger populations that can even be hundreds of meters away from your home. The effectiveness of this treatment depends on how well the bait is placed.
Often pest control professionals use a combination of liquid termiticide treatment along with setting up of bait stations. The liquid will immediately kill the termites when the location of the colony is known while the bait stations will target any unknown colonies that may be present in the area.
Drywood Termite Treatment
Extensive termite infestations on drywood are usually treated using heat treatment or gas fumigation. If the location of the colony is known and it is localized then the professional may use a termiticide to treat the infestation. The termiticide is directly injected into the wood where the colony is located.
When Do Your Treat Your Home for Termites
Most homeowners notice termite swarms in the spring. This is one of the most visible signs of a termite infestation. That is the reason why most of the termite treatment happens during spring.
However, it is important to remember that a termite infestation should be dealt with as soon as it is discovered. The pest control expert can help guide you as to which treatment method to use and whether the weather can have an adverse on the treatment. For example, if the pest control expert is going to use a liquid termiticide then it is advised to apply this before it begins to rain as the rain can dilute the termiticide making it less effective.