A termite infestation is not to be taken lightly. Why? Because if not attended to at the proper time, it can cause immense property damage.

These pesky invaders aren’t usually what comes to mind when we think of house pests. Since they slip under the radar so easily, finding a proper solution to get rid of them can take a while. In reality, there are multiple ways to get rid of termites before they do any significant damage.

But, there are many questions people have, like how are they identified? How do we even know if the treatment is effective? Do we need professional help? Don't worry; we are here to answer these questions and help you. Today, in this informative guide, we shall be exploring the different treatments available against termites and how they work.

That said, time is of the essence, so let's begin!

How Termite Treatment Works

Does My Property Have Termites?

Not a lot of people ask themselves if their houses have termites when they suspect creepy crawlies have invaded their space. This is probably because they are a little difficult to find at first and people may not know what to look for. This is especially true for subterranean and drywood termites that make colonies inside the house instead of damp wood ones that are usually outside.

Logically, any house that has a lot of trapped moisture (like in clogged plumbing or leaking roofs) are hotspots for termites. Also, if a house has many wooden structures like tree stumps or wooden boxes against walls, it is more susceptible to termite infestation.

When Do I Need Termite Treatment?

The first step is to ensure that termite treatment is needed. If you see wood shaving or holes in the wall, there is a strong chance that an army of termites has made themselves comfortable. Dead wings and little black pellets around wooden structures are also a dead giveaway of a termite infestation.

How The Treatment Starts

Seeking professional help to deal with a termite infestation is a good idea instead of trying to do it yourself. The products needed to ensure that the termites have been removed from the property with no chance of coming back are quite strong and should be handled only by professionals.

Now, the treatment usually starts with the pest control experts inspecting the property. After the property has been inspected and the type of termite is identified, the appropriate treatment will be selected. Post-treatment, most pest controllers come back to check if reapplication is needed.

How The Treatment Works

Since there are varying degrees of infestation, the treatment also differs. As we mentioned, handling an infestation like this all by yourself is not advisable. This is not only because of the strength of the termiticides but also because it is not easy to get rid of them. Long story short, if not done correctly, they tend to return.

Whether you want to get rid of termites post infestation or want a treatment as a preventive measure, it is always best to reach out to a professional. Read on to find out some of the ways the treatments are done and how they work.

1. Baits

If you're not a big fan of injecting anything in the soil, a termite bait serves as an excellent alternative. The bait is placed in the ground for the termites, and this is usually outside the property. Once the termites consume it, they will die. This method takes more than a month to come into effect fully and is ideal when an infestation has been detected.

The baiting system is a better approach if you are looking for a green and less toxic method of treatment. When it comes to quantity, chemical termiticides are used in excessive amounts to work. This is not the case when placing baits, as very little insecticide is needed for it to work.

However, this method does have some issues. Firstly, the bait is placed in baiting stations that need to be checked every now and then. This is done to ensure that the station has enough bait. Plus, with bait treatment, only the termites that consume the bait are affected.

2. Liquids

If a termite infestation has not yet occurred, but you suspect that the house might be exposed to one in the near future, a liquid termiticide is the solution. In this type of treatment, a barrier is created by digging around the property and pouring termiticide into it. This treatment is quite effective and keeps the termites out.

The chemicals used in this method are quite strong, which is why only professional experts should take care of the process. If this treatment is not done correctly, it could possibly affect the water and the property instead of those unwanted termites. On correct application, the termiticide can provide protection for up to 5-10 years.

There are a few things that need to be taken care of before going ahead with the treatment. For an effective barrier, all gaps need to be identified and closed; otherwise, the termites can escape through them. Termidor and Taurus are great brands to consider for liquid termiticides since their products are highly effective.

3. Fumigation

The previous two treatments are solely focused on subterranean termites that are usually found in the soil. However, drywood termites are a bit different since they get their food from wood. In the case of a drywood termite infestation, fumigation is the most effective method. This treatment is not preventive and while it will effectively kill existing pests, it cannot prevent another infestation.

Once the pest control experts have identified a full-fledged infestation potential, the house is closed off (also known as tenting). The experts use tents or tarp to isolate the property and then spray it with a fumigant. What this does is, it allows the fumigant to reach all the nooks and crannies where termites might be.

Since this is a strong chemical, inhalation by the termites will be fatal to them. Post-treatment, the tents are removed, but the house is not ready for habitation yet. The fumigant takes about 5-6 hours to leave the property so that it does not affect your health. So, to sum it all up, it is an effective process but can be time-consuming.

The full treatment can take up to 3 days to complete, which means you will have to stay elsewhere. And in spite of all this effort, there is still a need to opt for another treatment of a preventive nature.

How Can I Prevent A Termite Infestation?

The first and easiest way is to make sure that the house is not attractive to termites. As mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, termites are attracted to any wooden structure that may have some trapped moisture. This is why it is essential to have a well-ventilated house, especially the areas where wood meets the soil.

Having any exposed wooden surfaces can also attract termites. This is why it is advisable to seal the wood with a sealant. In addition to these, there are also some ways to minimise the occurrence of another termite infestation. One of the first ways to do it is to fix any possible leaks and clogged plumbing.

Since leaks and clogs trap moisture in the walls and floors, it is the first place termites head to. It will also help to ensure no trees are planted too close to the house. Additionally, fix any cracks in the walls and flooring that work as a gateway into the house's structure for the termites. This also enhances the performance of any liquid barriers.

Cost of Termite Treatment

We are sure this aspect of the treatment must be looming over your head. After having touched upon three termite treatments, it is no secret that each of these will differ in cost.

However, one of the things that determine the total cost of a treatment is the size of the property - the bigger the house, the more it will cost. Sometimes even the foundation of the house matters since certain foundations only allow specific treatment.

It is understandable if staying within the budget is challenging; however, it can be easily done by hiring professional help at the right time. The sooner an infestation is spotted, the faster it can be treated.

Final Words

And there you have it! A detailed and informative guide on how termite treatments work. Once again, we strongly suggest speaking to a professional before carrying out any treatment by yourself.

Termites, if not spotted, can live in your house for almost 5 years. That is 5 years worth of property and financial damage. Although they do not directly affect your health, it can be mentally strenuous to deal with this over a long period.

We hope this guide on how termite treatments work has been beneficial and eye-opening. We will be back soon with many more such informative guides and articles.

Until then, stay safe and alert!

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