To help you decide whether to tackle a termite problem yourself ask yourself do you have a wide knowledge of building construction? If the answer is no, you will undoubtedly have huge problems in identifying the most likely entry points for the termites. Can you safely handle the specialist equipment required? By this I mean tools such a masonry drills, soil treatment rods etc. Again if the answer is no or not sure do not attempt this! Remember, this is not a job involving using a little spray bottle at intervals around the
house - a termite treatment will normally involve the use of quite a few hundreds of gallons of a termiticide being injected into foundation walls, under slabs and into the ground along the foundation.
After made your choice of termite treatment company it is essential to have the most effective type of treatment applied. You will usually have a choice with regard to the extent of the treatment.
Termite colonies will usually comprise of many hundreds of thousands of tiny pests, all hunting for food in a vast array different directions. With this in mind having a termite treatment carried out only in limited locations might be a false economy because there is a strong possibility that the termites will simply find another entry point into your house. Also that most termite treatment companies will not offer any warranty for this type of treatment.
As an alternative to this some companies will have a treatment known as a perimeter treatment whereby they will treat with a non-repellent termiticide solution around the whole foundation wall of the dwelling and at the same time apply localised treatment of any infested locations or high risk areas within the property. It is important that if you decide on go for such a termite treatment that you ensure that the company will supply you with a service agreement which guarantee that any future termite infestation will be exterminated at no additional cost.
However, if you do have a termite problem having the whole property treated is undoubtedly the best option. So what are the best termite treatments?
Termite treatments are split into two distinct categories, baits and liquids. Liquid termiticides which are injected into the soil have been used for a very long time. These are used to create barrier which halts the termites from invading the dwelling and the termites already in the property cannot return to the nest and will eventually die off too. However, these solutions cannot actually kill the termites they only repel them. More modern chemicals will kill the termites as they try to wriggle through the treated soil. For this reason this type of chemical treatment tends to have a greater success rate first time round.
The second option is baiting. Here a solution lethal to termites is buried underground in a cylindrical plastic trap along with a food source such as paper or cardboard to which the poison has been applied.The termites then devour the food and return to the nest to feed the others. The result is that the nest of termites is slowly eradicated. Baiting can be used in isolation in some cases or in conjunction with a liquid treatment depending on the nature of the infestation.
As a rule of thumb, provided the termite treatment is executed in a thorough manner and following manufacturers instructions your home should be protected from further termite invasion for a full 5 years. However this can vary and depends on factors such as environmental conditions and the numbers of termites. Any problems with termites within the first year or so is in most instances nothing to do with the failure of the actual chemical treatment but more to do with the termites discovering any small gap which has been missed during treatment.
The use of any type of chemicals immediately brings to mind the question are they harmful to humans or animals? All of the chemicals used in termite treatments are tested exhaustively. It is therefore safe to say that none of the termiticides used give any significant cause for concern for the health of either party or indeed the environment. For anyone with real concerns about their use, baiting is probably the best option.
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