What is Termite Control Treatment Used For? 

Termite infestations are a serious concern for homeowners and should be addressed immediately. There are many effective and safe treatments that will eliminate termite colonies and swarms. 

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The type of termite species that are infesting your home determines the method of treatment. These include subterranean termites, damp wood termites, and dry wood termites. You can identify each by their bodies, colors, antennae, and wings. Termite swarmers are usually black with white, almost translucent wings while worker termites have cream-colored, no-winged bodies. 

Termites get into homes by entering through wood that has been moistened by water (like firewood) or through the use of paper or cardboard trash. They can also enter by crawl spaces and basements where they have access to wood scraps, tree stumps, or roots. 

A termite infestation can cause significant damage to your home and may even require structural repair or remodeling. A professional pest control expert can help you evaluate your termite problem and provide the right treatment for your situation. 

Pre- and Post-Construction Liquid Chemical Barriers 

Generally speaking, liquid termiticide barrier treatments are the most effective method of eliminating termites from a home site. These treatments are typically applied to the soil before the building is poured or shortly after the completion of the foundation. 

They involve applying a termiticide to the soil within the foundation footprint or underneath concrete slabs and walls. 

These treatments are often the industry standard and can be very effective for both new construction and existing homes. 

Foam Termiticide Treatments 

Most termite control companies offer foam termiticide treatments that are formulated for use on large surfaces like foundations and walls. These treatments are available in a variety of forms including premixed aerosol cans and foam applicator tanks. 

Bait Stations 

Termite bait stations are strategically placed around the exterior of your home and contain slow-acting termiticide that termites take back to their nests and share with other termites. These baits can take a while to work, so they need to be monitored regularly. 

Physical Barriers 

Using metal termite shields on the outside of your foundation can prevent termites from gaining entry. Stainless steel mesh or copper termite barriers are also popular for this purpose. 

A more effective, environmentally friendly termite control strategy is to build a continuous barrier of treated soil around your home and foundation. This can be done through a process called “termite barrier construction.” 

Once the treated soil has been installed, it is covered with a layer of sand or other coarse material. The termite barrier should be able to resist termites entering through gaps in the soil. 

These types of treatments are more expensive and require special equipment, but they do have a longer lifespan than other methods. 

They are also less invasive and do not require drilling into the ground. 

They can be effective for eliminating termites from a home, but they are also time-consuming and require a lot of maintenance. A qualified pest control company will be able to install these treatments and keep them active. They should be backed up by an annual warranty to return and retreat any affected areas at no additional cost.