People in many parts of the US are noticing telltale signs of bug infestations that have made an early appearance this year. What’s worrying about this trend is that the worst of them are termites, which go undetected until the problem has escalated significantly.
Termites are a homeowner’s worst nightmare come true. The kind of pest that you can do without inviting into your home. They have a reputation that far precedes their name though. It is estimated that one termite colony can chew through almost 2.5 lbs. of wood in a day. And each colony can contain millions of termites.
If you have a full blown infestation in your home, chances are that there are multiple colonies that can even damage your foundation.
Thankfully, with early detection and the right termite treatment, the problem can be countered and a lot of the possible damage can be mitigated.
Exercising termite control
Without sounding clichéd, ‘A stitch in time, saves nine’. Prevent an infestation if you can to avoid the need for termite treatment.
One of the common myths is that a termite can only gain entry into your home if some part of the wooden structure is touching the ground. You couldn’t be more wrong. A species of termite called the subterranean termite can reach a few feet above the ground by building circular tubes and then gain entry into your wooden structure.
The first line of defense and termite treatment begins at home itself. There are a lot of DIY techniques that can be used to keep termites out of your property.
Here are a few of them.
Using Termite Barriers
So how do you prevent the termite from entering your home? Well, by creating a barrier of course.
You can choose a chemical termite barrier that is usually a liquid that can be applied all around the perimeter of the home in the soil. Some types of these chemicals kill the termites that they come into contact with, while others create a deterrent that prevents them from entering your home.
The other option is to use a physical barrier like a steel mesh sheet which is installed under the slab when the house is being constructed. This can keep termites away from the foundation.
However, a DIY termite treatment may not always be foolproof and these pesky critters can very well bypass these to find their way into your home. This is the reason why a termite infestation always warrants a professional termite removal service.
Professional termite treatments
A professional pest control company relies on completely different methods to treat a bees or termite infestation. Depending on the type and the severity of the condition, they usually choose from liquid termiticides, termite baits, borate solution or fumigation.
The results are more reliable and you can be rest assured that the infestation will be cleared completely.
Considering the amount of damage that a single termite colony can inflict on your property, it is recommended that you call a pest control company that specializes in termite treatment, if you suspect an infestation.