Modern Termite Treatment Options, over the centuries, pest control has evolved from a crude trade born out of necessity to a finely honed art. From burning sulfur to the modern can of Raid, we’ve probably never had it easier in the constant struggle against insect-kind. While most insects pose far less of a threat to us today than they did in times-gone, there are still a few species that make themselves something more of a nuisance–and one of them is the Termite.
Modern Termite Treatment Options
Few chronic problems can lower the property value of a home and devastate a building’s integrity faster than termite swarms; a proper, professional termite treatment is always the best solution. No matter how big the exterminator’s bill is, it is much cheaper than having to rebuild entire sections of your home or business. But they’re insects; killing them doesn’t work–not in the long run. They’ll just keep coming. A few simple precautionary measures can save you a lot of money in termite damage.
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If you have firewood, keep it a decent distance away from the foundation of your home. If you have decorative mulch, ensure that there is at least half of a foot of space between it and the walls of your home. Keep seemingly harmless pieces of debris (almost anything, really) from having a permanent home next to any of your outer walls. Make sure your gutters are clean, and make sure the gutter-drain isn’t feeding your foundation with rainwater-
The best forms of termite treatment.
If its too late for prevention–or if it just wasn’t enough–there are a number of different extermination options; most notably repellent poisons, non-repellent poisons (both applied in a barrier around the structure), and baiting systems. These are some of the best forms of termite treatment.
Repellent poisons are exactly what they sound like; poisons that kill termites and emit a chemical trace that they dislike and avoid. Non-repellent poisons a less-fancied up version of the same thing: the poison is undetectable, but kills any termite that attempts to breach it. Of course, both of these methods would be bad for anyone who is overly sensitive to chemicals. Also, these poison-barriers can develop breach-able gaps (or, if applied incorrectly, may have breach-able gaps to begin with.) And if a building is close to a body of water–subterranean or otherwise–these termite treatment forms won’t be fool-proof, especially as more time passes.
Baiting systems – another form of termite treatment — have none of these problems; they are environmentally safe (especially when compared to the alternative) and work by putting attractive pieces of wood into the ground for termites to infest. Once the baits are infested, the captured termites are removed and placed in a poison-laced structure, which they must eat their way out of. Upon escaping, they will share the poison they ingested with the rest of the colony. (No Mercy!) Unfortunately, this method, too, has its downsides. It requires monthly maintenance, and is therefore more expensive–and there isn’t a way to goad the termites into attacking your bait, so it could take a LONG time for the termite treatment to work. Also, if a termite swarm has infested the inner workings of the house, many of them will not be exposed to the poison (thus requiring a good old fashioned phone call to the Orken Man.)