If you’re reading this, you likely have a termite problem. If you don’t have one, or if you’d like to not have one again, know that there are a number of ways you can help prevent termite infestations.
How to remove termites
As the most common termites in the USA are subterranean, you can often eliminate potential infestation by removing tree stumps from your property. This really should be done prior to construction, but better late that never.
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Form boards and grade stakes, if not removes, can also encourage termites to move in. The woodwork of the house shouldn’t have any contact with soil or mulch, and wooden sidings and ornamentation should be at least six inches off of the ground.
Other tips to avoid termites
Proper ventilation is also a plus: this helps keep things dry, and discouraging termites from taking up residence. Landscaping plants and irrigation should be kept several feet away from the base of the structure, and wooden fences should be built from pressurized wood, and should not connect to the structure you wish to protect.
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That said, termiticide barriers are generally the most favored method to kill termite swarms. Repellent Termiticides–the most common type–don’t actually work by killing termites.
They work by forcing them away from your home. Placed around possible entry points, and around the structure as a whole, repellent termiticide, while capable to kill termite swarms, also emits a chemical odor that the insects can detect, which they recognize as dangerous.
All Repellent Termiticides are made from pyrethroids, which are Synthetic derivatives of chrysanthemumic acids.
Sometimes, however, something a bit more aggressive is required. Non-repellent termiticides are undetectable, and do not stop termites from tunneling.
Poisons to kill termite exams
The poisons are generally designed to work slowly, so that the termite works have ample opportunity to spread it to their comrades. This way to kill termite swarms is generally made from Chloronicotinyls.
Non-repellent termiticides can still be effective, even if not properly applied, which makes it ideal for do-it-yourself termite killing.
Whichever type you use, be careful. Poison is poison, and it doesn’t care if you’re a termite, a human, or a dog.
Careful application to kill termite swarms is a necessity, and professional assistance is highly recommended.