Finding creepy crawlies in the house is never a pleasant experience. And, with this discovery comes the need to remove these unwanted guests.
For most common pests like roaches or spiders, there are limited ways to eliminate them in the best possible manner; this isn't the case for termites. Since there are many variants of these pesky insects, there are a lot of ways to get rid of them successfully.
Besides, it's not just the type of termites but where they have set up a colony that determines the best treatment. This is why we have brought together some information to shed light on this topic.
Today, we will be discussing the best termite treatment that will prove to be successful for an infestation in your house. Hopefully, this will make everyone a bit more familiar with the topic and allow them to make the right decision.
Now, let's get right to it!
Precautions and Barriers
Getting rid of pests is never easy. No matter how many precautions one takes, it does become a headache if there is an infestation.
When it comes to termites, one common mistake people make is that they use regular pesticides, insecticides and repellents. But, this creates an even bigger issue because repellents can only repel the insects, not get rid of the ones already inside. So, while there won't be any further infestation, they will still reproduce if there is a colony inside.
Suppose you are trying to get rid of a termite colony by yourself for the first time using general insecticides or have hired a cheap pest management service that uses regular repellents. In that case, it is not going to do much good other than save you a few bucks.
If you live in a house with a barrier that is "made to keep termites away," remember that those deteriorate over time as well. These barriers are usually made of steel or plastic and claim to keep pests out, but with regular wear and tear, they can’t keep up.
Termite infestations are quite annoying to deal with, especially if little to no precautions are taken to avoid them.
Some of the signs of a termite infestation include hollow-sounding wood, peeling paint, ridged wallpaper, and black pellets or marks near wooden surfaces. All of these can be avoided by choosing the correct product in the market for proper treatments targeted towards termite related problems.
1. Liquid Termiticides
This is one of the most common methods of treatment that homeowners opt for. Liquid termiticides create a chemical barrier around the house that prevent the termites from coming in.
It is quite effective and offers up to 5 years of protection for your property. However, it is not the easiest method to choose and use yourself. To create an unbroken and effective barrier, it is essential to dig around the house and pour the termiticide in it.
This is usually a preferred method if you’re going to hire professionals as it requires specific tools for the process. Moreover, it is necessary to inspect the house for any gaps since the termites can pass through them, thereby rendering this barrier ineffective.
If you need to do it yourself, then we suggest getting concentrated termiticide to pour around the house. That said, it will still be necessary to check the property and ensure that termites cannot enter.
2. Termite Baits
This treatment is fairly easy to understand, and is like any other bait or trap. It involves placing powerful ingredients around the house that will attract the termites.
This method can take about a month or two to come into effect. Moreover, it is important to remember that these baits need constant supervision so as to determine that the stations where the bait is placed still have the bait in it.
3. Pre-Construction Treatments
Another type of treatment is coating the construction materials with termiticides while they are being used to build the house.
If many wooden materials are being used, they can be coated by spraying or brushing them with the chemical. If that is not preferred, then another thing that can be done is to treat the soil in all the places touching the house's structure.
As mentioned, steel and plastic materials are also used to ensure that the house has a barrier. Still, those do deteriorate in quality over time, which is why they will not be as long-lasting as expected.
4. Treating The Wood
When it comes to preventing a termite infestation, both the soil and the wood can be treated. However, a lot of people choose to treat only the wood.
Instead of setting up baits around the house, all wooden surfaces can be soaked and sprayed with chemicals after the house has been built. Not only does this method help get rid of the existing infestations, but soaking the wood will prevent the surface from any future termite attacks as well.
If there are any cracks or crevices in the house's wooden walls and floors, then injecting the chemicals will ensure that the wood is being treated properly. That’s not all; the termiticide will reach every bit of the wood in an even and smooth manner.
Now that we are done discussing the various methods of treatment, let’s move on to picking the right one for your property.
Termites can damage the house's structural integrity by living in the walls and slowly eating it up from the inside. This can lead to a lot of property damage as well as financial loss.
However, it is essential to pick the right treatment depending on the type of your property. If you live in a slab home or a single storey house, then the best thing to use is a product called Termidor, which is a chemical barrier.
On the other hand, if you live in a multi-storeyed home, then Termidor will not be as effective. Using a termite bait will be more effective in those situations since Termidor cannot be used on the entire property to keep the termites away.
Treating Slab Homes with Termidor
Termidor, as mentioned, is a chemical barrier that is made explicitly for termite infestations. Traditional pesticides and insecticides are not effective in these situations, which is why specialised treatments are the way to go.
What Termidor does is that it slowly releases the insecticide in the treated area. The termites do not immediately die but carry on with the insecticide in them, transferring it to other termites in the colony. Eventually, this leads to the entire colony being eliminated.
This treatment is super beneficial as it allows the termites to roam about in the entire property, affecting all the other termites inside the property and outside it. It can potentially ensure that all the termites are taken care of with minimal effort on your part.
Termidor is an excellent option for slab home since the house has a uniform and somewhat even design. The lack of multiple storeys is beneficial in this case and helps create an unbroken layer of protection. Moreover, Termidor offers close to 8 years of protection, which is an added advantage.
Treating Split Homes with Baits
Split homes are homes with multiple storeys, which make it a little tricky to use Termidor as a treatment. This is because for Termidor to be effective, it needs to create an even barrier.
In those cases, it is best to use termite baits. This is similar to having rat traps around the house as baits are kept in certain hotspots of the house for termites. These are installed in multiple areas at regular intervals so that the termites can get to them fast.
The bait is made out of cellulose which the termites cannot ignore, and it is also found in timber. What the bait does is that it prevents the termites from growing and eventually shedding their wings. Since the growth is hampered, it eventually kills the termite.
If placed accurately, this method can get all the termites in every level of the house to take the bait and lead to the elimination of the entire colony.
Final Words On The Best Termite Treatment
Understanding the wide varieties of treatments available for termite infestations is not where it ends. It's all about finding the right one for your property.
It will be a complete waste to spend money on treating an infestation or buying products to do it yourself only to realise that it does not have any effect. Termites can live in your home till about 5 years, and although they do not threaten your health, they will damage the house if not treated on time.
However, It is essential to remember that termite treatments can cause health issues if inhaled or ingested by accident; just like with any other insecticide or pesticide. So, be prepared to vacate the premises.
We hope that you never have to face an infestation problem, but if you do, this guide should be able to help make the correct decisions.
We shall see you soon with more informative guides. Until then, stay safe!