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For the last 30+ years, customers in our stores and visitors to our web site have asked, “What can I do for termites myself?” Many times we have suggested that they get a Pest Control Service Company to do the work for Subterranean (Ground) termites, because of the many different factors, particularly on slabs or basements. In most all cases, a service company would be needed for Drywood Termites
Doing your termite work, in particular, applying chemicals for termites, may not be for everybody.
At our Do It Yourself Termite Control website, we have guidelines for finding a qualified service company that treats termites
Another article on our termite site, Termite Home Inspections, you will find a series of pictures showing damage from termites, powder post beetles and carpenter ants.
Can I use termite chemicals myself?, answers that question for your situation. It will give you recommendations and instructions if needed to treat for termites.
There are two major methods for termite control. You can use liquid termite insecticides (termiticides) for barrier or soil treatment or termite baits. Some people choose both options.
The two articles below are from our termite site, Do It Yourself Termite Control, that go into detail of procedures and methods.
Barrier termite treatments are designed to prevent termites from entering the structure. These treatments will prevent termites inside the structure from getting to the soil to get the moisture needed to survive.
If you choose a liquid termite method, it will give you faster results, and you can apply the finished solution close to the termite infestation. If you have an existing termite infestation, applying a liquid termiticide may mean that drilling is involved. Drilling through concrete or a slab and pumping the volume of finished solution required to set up a termite barrier may be too difficult for a homeowner.
On the other hand, if there is crawl space clearance and you can simply drench around your home, doing your termite work would not be as difficult.
The technology of non repellents such as Taurus SC and Termidor SC is an advancement over other termite insecticides that are only repellent barriers.
With “repellant” termiticides, any of the smallest gap in the treated soil can be detected and exploited by the termites to gain entry in the building. They will find ways around it. The use of a repellent termite chemical is a major short-coming in the more traditional chemicals used for termite control.
Taurus SC and Termidor SC are made up of a nonrepellents , they are undetectable by termites. The termites can’t see, smell, taste or avoid Taurus or Termidor .Taurus SC is more economical than Termidor SC.
Since the currently available chemical barrier pesticides are very short lived, in some cases, no more than 5-8 years, the concept of using a chemical barrier treatment as a sole means of controlling subterranean termites has been challenged by baits designed for termites.
There are various Baiting systems for termites on the market. Instead of injecting chemicals into the soil which will only last a few years, you can now place termite bait directly into the ground around the outside of a structure which the termites will find, feed on and die. The technology of baiting systems for termites are constantly changing and improving. We currently recommend the Trelona ATBS Termite Bait System.
Baiting colonies of termites is simple and can also be used as a monitoring tool to detect termites where they are not yet a problem.
Termite baits elimininate and control in conditions where the structure is untreatable with soil termiticides ( near a body of water for example), or there is a concern about pesticide use, and even in structures where soil treatments have failed.
For more information, please visit: Termite Baiting.
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