Termites cause costly and serious structural damage to homes across the nation. These wood hungry pests cause billions of dollars in damages annually, and infestations most often require the expertise of a professional exterminator.
Often, termite infestations come to light during the sale of a property. Typically, this is part of due diligence.
Understanding the movements of termites as well as the chemicals needed to eliminate them can prove extremely confusing. Termite extermination methods vary by location and with each scenario. Furthermore, different municipalities enforce varying regulations concerning the handling and application of pesticides.
All About Bait
One common method to eradicate termites, baiting, is slow but works with time. Bait is effective for eliminating termites from a specific area.
It doesn’t attract termites, however, making it essential to know exactly where to place the stations. While termites can’t tell that bait is poisonous, they learn to stay away from that area.
After baiting, however, they’ll look for other ways to compromise the structure. Some homeowners successfully use baiting to prevent termites before they invade a dwelling.
The Lowdown on Liquid
The proper application of liquid treatments varies depending on the chemical. In addition, the process involves digging a trench around the entire structure, filling the trench with termiticide, replacing the dirt and applying more solution.
Depending on the scenario, extermination specialists also drill holes through brick or cinder blocks in appropriate areas to treat the internal recesses of the structure. The liquid creates a barrier, preventing termites from entering and damaging the building. Termites that are exposed to termiticide die nearly instantaneously, but others will learn to avoid the treatment if it’s not applied correctly.
So, Which One's Better?
Liquid and bait treatments work and are deployed very differently. It’s difficult to objectively compare the effectiveness of the two methods. Liquid treatment barriers immediately kill existing and invading termites. However, it’s difficult to tell when termites will find and feed on a bait station. This is why it’s so important to fully protect the structure. This is where the expertise of exterminators comes into play.
Exterminators are well-versed about the common areas of termite activity. They use this knowledge to understand how termites nest in different structures. In fact, a thorough pretreatment inspection is one of the most important aspects of eliminating an infestation.
Termite extermination methods also vary seasonally. Temperature, climate and soil conditions can change the way that termites behave. An experienced pest control technician understands the movements of termites and can target them accordingly.
Perfection Pest Control specialists are experts in finding and eliminating termites. Our technicians are committed to continual learning. They’re knowledgeable about the latest extermination practices, regulations and EPA guidelines.
When it comes to termite extermination, you want a service provider that you can trust. Property owners across Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky know that they can rely on us. Our licensed technicians are your answer for quality service! Call us today to take the first step toward ridding your home of a costly termite infestation.
Termites can cause a considerable amount of damage to homes when an infestation is left untreated. Unfortunately, these pests can go undetected inside the walls of your home for months or even years. How do you know if you have them? Keep an eye out for the following warning signs of a termite infestation.
Mud Tubes or Shelter Tubes
One of the most noticeable signs that you might have termites in your home is the presence of mud tubes or shelter tubes. Termites build these tubes, which are roughly the width of a pencil, from the ground to your home. These tubes allow them to travel back and forth in a sheltered environment that provides them with enough heat and humidity. These tubes also keep them safe from predators as they move to and from your home. Keep in mind that larger or wider tubes often indicate a more serious infestation.
Not all members of a termite colony reproduce. Those who do are called swarmers, and these termites have wings that are discarded shortly after they fly off to establish a new colony. Termites that nest in dry wood might swarm at different times, but those that live in the ground tend to swarm during spring. If you see piles of discarded wings near your window sills or other areas of your home, it’s time to seek help from professional termite control experts. Check around the outside of your home, since you might find these wings out there as well.
Visibly Compromised Wood
Termites feed on wood, which is why they’re so destructive to homes. As they feed on wood inside your walls and other parts of your home, structural problems can develop. The wood becomes weaker and can sag or show visible signs of damage. Watch for areas of wood floors that sound hollow or sag. You can also tap on walls to listen for a hollow sound that indicates that termites have caused a significant amount of damage. If you notice signs of damage to the wood in your home, don’t hesitate to have an inspection done to check for the presence of termites. Having infestations treated promptly can help prevent further damage from occurring.
Don’t wait for termites to do significant damage before getting help. Contact us at Perfection Pest Control today to schedule your inspection.
Two common treatments exist when termites infest a house: baits and liquids. These aren't just two methods for delivering insecticide, either – they represent two important stages of response and protection. Let's talk about how they work, and what circumstances they really shine in.
What to Know About Bait
Termite bait is delivered in stations that are typically inserted into the ground or near damaged materials.
Sometimes baits are a type of alert; stations can be used to monitor areas for termite presence and track where the termite nest is and where termites have spread to. However, bait stations are also used to deliver termiticides particularly designed to kill termites. Many baits are slow-acting or made to build up in the system. Termites will carry the bait to their colony and feed it to the queen. Once termite queens are dead, the colony will start to collapse.
As a result, baits are best used early on in the process to see where they can pick up termites, and as a core treatment to target termites fast when they are in the house and already doing damage. Different products also give baits different advantages depending on the goals of the treatment, so they are a particularly adaptable solution. However, the bait stations depend on termites coming to them. If termites find a way around the bait station before it does its work, then the damage may continue. That's why professional placement of bait stations is important!
What to Know About Liquid
Liquid treatments are designed to form treatment zones around a house or building. Typically, a small trench is dug into the ground, the liquid is applied to the trench, and then it is filled back up again (although sometimes different liquids and sprays are applied in different ways). These liquids can be very potent — often, termites will die just from crossing over or will avoid drawing closer at all. When liquids are well-applied, they can prevent termites from reaching a house.
Obviously, this makes liquid treatments a good option for preventing infestations if you are worried about termites. Liquid treatments can be applied one time and guaranteed with a 1,5, or 10-year service agreement.
Do you have a pest problem or signs of damage that you would like inspected? Schedule your service with us today at Perfection Pest Control and find the right treatment for your issue!