The Challenge of Termite Baits and Treatments
In the struggle against termites, there are two common conventional approaches to Termite Control. The first is tenting for termites using chemicals. The second is your no Tent approach, also called fumigation. Which one you use depends on whether you have drywood or wet wood termite problems. Tenting for dry wood termites:
Many homeowners mistakenly think that using fumigation or a no Tent approach to get rid of termites is better than tenting for dry wood termites. It might be if you have a small, light infestation, or if you don’t have a long term periodic Termite inspection. No Tent Termite Treatment provides instant relief from termite activity, often within hours. But is it right for your home?
Fumigation is part of the standard termite treatment. It consists of placing a tent around your house or structure to protect it from the infestation. It involves setting up vents with the appropriate opening (usually through a crack in the wall or through the floorboards) and releasing the air through it. The purpose of the air is to kill any surviving termite colonies as they fall from the walls and crawl through the holes created by the vents. The no Tent process kills both adult and nest termite colonies, reducing their numbers in the soil considerably.
The chemical insecticides used in a fumigation approach also kill the pests that live in the walls. However, when this happens, the subterranean termite colonies beneath the wall die because they cannot survive in the absence of the colony’s queen. In extreme cases, the fumigated area can collapse, causing secondary structural damage to your homes. This is why many homeowners turn to pest control companies for termite treatment instead of DIY methods.
If you decide on Termite treatment by itself, there are several options available for you to choose from. There are many products available in the market and each one has its own benefits and drawbacks. Some Termite baits use bait stations that are integrated into the house to ensure the termite infestation is eliminated even when you are away from home. The bait stations contain chemicals that will lure termites into the station and release their eggs. Once these termites are attracted to the bait, they will seek shelter inside the station and begin the breeding cycle once again.
There are other termite treatments that rely on fumigation alone to eliminate termites. These include fumigation-proofing your home, which involves sealing cracks and crevices. You can also achieve termite treatments with the use of an insecticide fogger, which is placed directly beneath the house. When termite fumigation does not work, and the infestation becomes too much for the treatment solution to handle, the fogger will release a highly concentrated insecticide to destroy any remaining termite colonies.
Although most Termite baits and treatments are safe for humans, they have been banned by the European Union due to the danger of these chemicals being absorbed into drinking water. Purchasing termite bait or Termite treatments can be tricky because some retailers sell products that claim to contain active ingredients such as termiticides, but only a few do actually contain these chemicals. Be sure to read the label directions to make sure that the product contains only natural, organic ingredients.
Effective and economical termite treatment can be achieved by using traps and fumigations, and if the treatment is ongoing, regularly check the perimeter of the house for new infestations. The best way to prevent the destruction of wooden structures by subterranean termites is by having a regular termite treatment done, which will keep your house free of this pesky insect and ensure the continued health of your family. For more information, contact a licensed pest control specialist in your area. They will be able to give you expert advice on how best to protect your home from this wood-destroying pest. In addition, if you have a property that has Termite problems, you should not hesitate to contact a professional.