How to Get Rid of Termites
We all know how disconcerting that it can be to discover a pest problem in your home or on your property, and Termite Infestation is no different. What makes Termites particularly frustrating is how difficult they are to get rid of. Termites naturally thrive in the dark and damp places that humans rarely go, so if you spot signs of an infestation on your property, the termites are likely well-embedded and your own DIY efforts will almost certainly be in vain.
Termites respond strongly to the same Pest Extermination Chemicals that are effective for roaches and fleas, but because of their elusive nature, as well as their diet, they are much more difficult to use effectively. Fleas thrive on pets and, to a lesser extent, around humans, so it is possible to treat pets so that Fleas are eliminated effectively. Roaches feed on organic matter in your home, so pesticide-treated baits, combined with regular household cleaning, can get rid of roaches.
Termites, on the other hand, feed on wood, pulp, and cellulose, all of which are present in abundance, and it takes a concerted, professional effort to get the job done right the first time.
When you call one of our specialists, the first thing that he or she will do is evaluate your home for signs of infestation, and confirm that your home is the site of a Termite Infestation. Other creatures, such as ants and carpenter bees, can also damage homes in a manner which closely mimics that of Termites.
Your Termite Removal Specialist has a variety of tools at his or her disposal to investigate the extent of your Termite Infestation and the damage that it has caused to your property. Using special cameras, audio devices, heat sensors, and probes, along with standard tools such as drills and hammers, it is possible to provide a vivid account of your Termite Problem, giving our specialists an idea of exactly what needs to be done to Exterminate Termites Quickly and Effectively.
Termite Extermination Options
After the Termite Threat has been evaluated and confirmed, the three most common methods to remove and protect your property from termites are Termaticides, Repellents, and Termite Baits.
Termaticides are special pesticides which are used at the source of the Termite Infestation in order to kill the mound and eliminate Termite Nests. By flooding the nest with these chemicals, it is possible to literally kill hundreds of thousands or even millions of Termites all at once.
Termite Repellents are chemicals and treatments used primarily to keep termites contained once other methods have been used to tackle the larger infestation. After the nest has been eradicated, Termite Repellents can keep the Termites from establishing a new colony.
Termite Baits lure termites with an easy meal, poisoning, but not immediately killing, the drones, which return the bait to the nest where the pesticide is distributed all throughout the nest, killing off the threat.
How is termite treatment carried out?
There are several ways to carry out termite treatment. Any of these methods may be used by termite control specialists. Some of these methods include heat treatment, bait treatment, boric treatment, insecticide treatment and fumigation. The type of treatment that should be used is determined by a few factors. First, the species of termite that is infesting the home must be determined in order to facilitate effective treatment. For example, bait treatment will not work on drywood termites as they do not move around into other parts of the building. Then it also has to be determined whether the owner has any animals that may be harmed by certain treatment methods. A more detailed description of the treatment methods can be found below.
Fumigation refers to the filling up of an area with poisnonous insecticides that suffocate or kill the pests within it. It is the most effective treatment method available. However, fumigation is a hazardous operation, because the fumes are poisonous to most life forms, including humans. Once a fumigation operation has started, the occupants of the home may be required to leave the home for a period of time, usually around six hours. Proper ventilation of the area after fumigation is a very important part of the process. Before fumigation starts, the affected area is covered, usually with a tent, so as to inform others that it is not safe to enter the area and also to create a sealed environment, essential for the fumigant to work against the termites.
Another way of treating termites is through insecticide. First, holes are drilled into the diseased wood. Then, toxic insecticide is injected into the diseased wood. After injection, the holes must be sealed with caulk to prevent termites from moving to other parts of the wood. In 1 to 6 months, the whole colony will die. However, the problem with this method is that the insecticide is poisonous, and leave residue on carpets, walls and panels for many years.
The application of this treatment is relatively simple. Baits, that appear as edible pellets to termites, are placed around the house. These pellets contain substances harmful to termites. The worker termites, that consume these baits and share it amongst their nestmates (including the queen), causing a decline in colony population. If effective enough, the entire colony may be eradicated. But that's quite difficult if you're talking about a colony with millions of termites.
Quite a basic treatment. It can be argued that this treatment is a preventative measure, but studies have shown it causes current population to decline as well. In boric treatment, boric acid, dissolved in water is painted onto affected areas.
This treatment is quite simple. For this treatment, small microwave beams are fired onto the affected area for 2-3 minutes, killing all termites within 1-3 days. This treatment is only effective for smaller numbers of termites. These rays are shot by microwave-like guns.
Wherever the location, termites can be killed instantly by electricity. In this method, electric ray guns are fired at the affected area, killing termites instantly. This method can be applied to termite nests to destroy the colonies.