What is Termite Treatment?
Termite treatment is a process that helps to prevent termites from infesting a home. It can be done by either applying a chemical barrier or by placing bait stations around the property. The type of treatment you need depends on the type of termites and the type of infestation.
The Chemical Barrier System (Berm) – This process involves digging a trench a few inches away from the foundation and putting in a chemical that forms a barrier between the soil and the structure. Termites will have to pass through the chemical and then be killed. This method is usually the most effective for homeowners who want to be sure they are getting rid of termites for good.
This type of treatment is usually used for older homes that have termites but are not infested with other types of pests such as ants, mice, or rats. Oftentimes, it is also the most cost-effective.
In other situations, it may not be the best option because of the number of termites that are present or if there is a high risk of fire. A termite specialist will be able to decide the right method for your specific situation.
Bait Stations – These termite baits can be placed in various locations around your property, such as near the foundation and the perimeter of the structure. The termites that pick up the baits will bring them back to the colony and eventually die off, preventing them from infesting the rest of your property. This treatment will require maintenance throughout the year, but it is one of the most effective methods available for a long-term solution to termite problems.
Non-Repellent Termiticides – These termite control treatments are a relatively new addition to the pest control industry. These termiticides are able to penetrate into the ground without any detection, meaning they can target and kill termites despite their hiding places.
These treatments can be used to get rid of both subterranean and dry wood termites, which can cause serious damage to your property. They can be used in both residential and commercial buildings.
Entire Structure Treatments – If you have a severe infestation of termites, an exterminator may need to treat the entire structure of your home using a chemical that penetrates the wood in order to kill all of the pests. This can be very difficult and requires an experienced exterminator.
This type of treatment is most common when dealing with subterranean termites. They have extensive networks below the ground that can penetrate deep into your home’s foundation and into cracks and crevices, causing significant damage. This type of treatment is most effective when it is done in combination with moisture removal and other strategies for eliminating dry wood termites from your home.
Gas Fumigation – If you have a very large infestation of termites, an exterminator can tent your entire home and pump gas into the property. This gas is then spread over the whole home, including your attic, to kill all of the termites that have infested it.