How to eliminate termites:
Stressing over a termite infestation in your home? Termites are incredibly secretive creatures, so it can be challenging to identify an infestation to the untrained eye. That’s why calling a professional is a must for complete extermination. While there are DIY methods to get rid of termites, a trained termite professional will be able to clear your home as safely and efficiently as possible. Pestman’s professionals can not only eliminate the current infestation but prevent future invasions from occurring.
Getting rid of termites in your home:
No one wants to find termites infesting their home. While termites are not harmful to people as they are not venomous and do not usually bite humans, they can still do extensive damage to your home. Calling a trained professional is the best way to eliminate termites once infested. However, there are some ways you can prevent termites from finding your property in the first place. These include:
Roof repair- broken roof tiles can let moisture in, creating the perfect environment for termites to begin chewing away and making their nests. Repairing damaged shingles can prevent this from happening.
Watch your air conditioner- keep an eye on your AC unit if it is placed in the window. If water drips from your unit, it can cause the wood around the windows to become damp with moisture and create an appealing area for termites.
Check the wood surrounding your house- one of the most common places for termites to infest is wood surrounding the outside of your home. Check wooden beams, patio flooring, or pergolas by pressing your thumb or fingers against the wood. If it crumbles, you probably have termites, and if caught early enough, the damage can be stopped.
Get rid of boxes- termites love to chew on cardboard. If you recently moved or have cardboard boxes in your attic, you increase the risk of termites finding your property. Keeping items in plastic boxes can be a simple fix to preventing an infestation.
Eliminate wood- while stacking firewood on the side of your home is a typical placement, it can attract termites to your home. Be careful of where you store wood, especially in the spring and summer months.
Check your garden- using wooden mulch can attract termites to your property, especially if it is abutted against your home. Using mulch made from materials like gravel or rubber will help prevent a termite-takeover.
Watch for moisture/leaks- watch for leaking pipes or units that could cause damp wood.
Seal windows & doors- termites can enter your home through cracked windows, screen doors, or any gaps between the door and the frame. Sealing these places up can decrease the chances of termites entering your home.
Inspect wood floors & furniture- termites will chew on any wooden surface. Check your wooden floors or any outdoor furniture that termites may have access.
Avoid piles of clothing- termites are attracted to cellulose, therefore making certain materials equally as appealing as wood. Avoid having piles of clothes on the floor or in the attic to prevent termites from finding it.
Subterranean termites can live in the soil outside your home and enter properties through the ground. In this case, the soil outside your home or office will need treatment in addition to the infested structure. Pestman primarily utilizes conventional treatments and termite baiting/monitoring programs to get rid of subterranean termites. Let us explain what these are and how they work.
Conventional Termite Treatments
Conventional termite treatment requires digging holes into the footer depth around the perimeter of the structure and applying a liquid termiticide.
This method will eliminate colonies within the ground as worker termites unknowingly come into contact with the termiticide in the treated zones in the soil.
Conventional treatments not only eliminate termites beneath the soil but will terminate colonies on the exterior and interior of your home as well- as they also receive the treatment.
DIY conventional treatments are mostly ineffective and do not protect your home from future re-infestations.
As termites are incredibly secretive creatures, it is essential for a trained professional to implement this method most efficiently and safely possible.
Termite Baiting & Monitoring
A trained Pestman professional will install termite bait stations in the soil around your home or areas inside your home where termite activity is identified.
It is highly recommended that customers keep termite bait stations in the ground after the infestation has been terminated to prevent future invasions. If removed, there will be nothing stopping termites from re-infesting your structure.
This method allows customers peace of mind knowing that their home is frequently being monitored and periodically inspected for termite activity.
This service is less invasive than conventional treatments as it does not require several holes drilled into your property. Baiting and monitoring are more environmentally friendly compared to other treatments because it does not require as much termite product.
For drywood termites, the two most commonly used termite treatment methods for Pestman are fumigation and spot treatment services.
Fumigation is often the most effective way to treat drywood termites. This method allows customers to rest assured, knowing the property has been completely cleared of termites.
However, this termite free outcome comes at a small cost. This process is relatively invasive and requires homeowners and pets to leave the property for a couple of days while the treatment is underway.
A spot treatment service is another suitable method as an alternative to fumigation. This method requires a Pestman professional to drill holes into termite galleries and inject the application directly into the galleries.
While this treatment is less invasive than fumigation, it can likely require drilling into walls.