Termites are a wood destroying insect that can cause a lot of damage to homes and basically anything made with wood. Termites are important in nature because they help recycle dead trees along with anything made with cellulose. But when they invade our homes and eat away at our houses, a good termite control program must be instituted.
DO IT YOURSELF TERMITE CONTROL
At this time there are many options for doing a termite treatment inside and around the home. And though termite treatments used to be something that one would hire a service company to perform, the products being used are a lot easier to handle and apply. So if you’re a do-it-yourselfer and want to save a lot of money by doing your own termite treatment, we can help.
LIQUID BARRIER TERMITE CONTROL
First you’ll need to decide what type of product to use. The original termiticides are still very much in use today and if you want believe that “more is better”, using one of these actives would be a good choice for you. What we mean by original and “more” is that these actives have been around a long time and that a lot of material must be used when doing the treatment. Mixed chemical is applied to trenches made around the home and maybe even to holes that have been drilled through cement slabs in the structure. This kind of termite treatment commonly requires 100+ gallons of finished material to get the job done. The goal of these applications is to get a barrier around the home so the termites can not get to any wood. Common actives to use for this treatment would be CYPER TC GALLONS or PERMETHRIN SFR. These products will last 3-5 years in the soil and once in place, will effectively protect any structure.
NEW TERMITE CONTROL PRODUCTS
The “newer” products for termite treatments include actives which work very differently. Instead of having to apply 100+ gallons to get a good barrier in place, these newer compounds rely on a “stealth” type impact so they’re not detectable by termites that forage through treated soil. Once exposed to the treatment, contaminated termites will move back to their colony and transmit the active onto other members of the nest. Eventually the active will kick in and and start to kill them all but by the time they realize they’ve been infected, it’s usually too late for that particular termite nest to do anything but die. And even if some do survive, they won’t return to areas suspected of causing the problem so in the end, the problem is usually resolved and your termite infestations should be under control. These new products work well and we’ve seen good results with both TERMIDOR and PHANTOM. They’re easy to handle and apply and for the time being, the most common in use today.
TERMITE BAIT STATIONS
Another product worth mentioning are TERMITE BAIT STATIONS. These are very different in that they’re not a spray but instead a feeding station where termites will go to eat. If termites or previous termite activity is found in any station (bait stations need to be inspected quarterly), an active BAIT CARTRIDGE is placed in the station immediately. This cartridge contains a slow working active that will get them the next time they visit. Like Phantom, this active will take a few days to kick in and when it does, the termite colony has usually be exposed to such a degree that it will die.
Termites are a major pest throughout the United States and because we have so much information on their biology and how to do a thorough termite treatment that we built a separate website just for them.
Read more.. TERMITE TREATMENT ARTICLE
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