Traditional methods for termite control include fumigation, liquid termiticides, and heat treatments. Liquid termiticides form a chemical barrier around your home, preventing termites from entering. Some liquid termiticides are repellents, while others are lethal. If you’re concerned about using a toxic liquid, be aware that you may need to drill through concrete and fill up the entire foundation.
There are a number of effective termite control methods. Some involve baits that consist of cellulose-based food and a slow-acting chemical that is lethal to termites. These baits are placed below ground in cylindrical plastic stations. The termites will share them with their nest mates and other foraging termites. Liquid applications may also be used in conjunction with baits to further reduce the termite population. These treatments require a pest control technician with specialized training and experience.
Termite infestations can cost homeowners thousands of dollars, before they are even detected. Insects can damage wooden floors, walls, and furniture. They can also ruin paint jobs and wallpaper. These insects form large colonies that can quickly take over a home.
Termiticides are chemicals used to treat and prevent termite infestations. They are usually applied in a spot treatment method. Spot treatments work by killing active termites before they get inside the structure. Termiticides in liquid form penetrate wood fibers and act as preservatives, preventing termites from returning to the colony. In addition to killing active termites, these chemicals are transferred to new termites through their exoskeletons.
Termiticides for termite controls should be applied to the soil around the foundation elements and the soil underneath. The treatment should be completed before pouring the concrete and after the installation of the sub-slab fill material. A diluted insecticide should be applied at the rate of one gallon per 10-square-foot soil.
Among the best methods of termite control are non-chemical treatments. These include organic methods that use fungi and nematodes. They can also include orange oil, sand barriers, and “borate” sprays. Termite control through baited traps is another option, but these solutions are not fast-acting and may not be effective on large termite colonies.
One method of termite control is by painting termite repellent on surfaces. This method is especially effective for new construction, where a termite repellent solution can provide a good base layer of protection. Another method involves applying desiccating dusts around the structure, which cause the pests to dehydrate and die.
Fumigation for termite control can be a powerful treatment for a home infestation. This process is used to kill the termites in a structure by releasing highly toxic gas into the air. It should be carried out by a professional who is experienced in performing fumigation. To protect your home, make sure your contractor uses proper tenting so that no chemicals leak into the air. Also, keep in mind that carpets and upholstered furniture are highly absorbent of chemicals, and that animals are particularly sensitive to the fumes.
Fumigation is most effective for drywood termites, but it can also kill other types of pests such as carpet beetles and other wood-boring beetles. It also kills the “Queen” of the colony and prevents it from breeding and spreading. It also leaves less residue and toxicity.