Getting rid of termites permanently can be a tricky business and it is important to make the right termite treatment and management choice from the start. There are basically 2 options when it comes to termite eradication:
1. Chemical Insecticides
Chemical insecticides in liquid form are the most common and oldest treatment for termites and there are a wide range of options available demonstrated by Daly City Termite Control Company – JM Termite. The liquid soaks into the ground, entering the nests, killing termites on contact. This is a very quick-acting and effective method of termite eradication.
However, there are some significant disadvantages to using this method:
– The chemicals are toxic and may present health risks for humans (especially small children) as well as pets.
– The insecticide may pollute ground and other naturally occurring water sources.
– Other insects and wildlife may be vulnerable to the chemicals.
– Chemical treatments may not penetrate to the required depth to target all nests or an entire nest.
– Eggs and larvae may not be susceptible.
– The chemicals will dissipate after a period of time when termites may return to the area.
Desirable termite food such as paper, cardboard and wood can be treated with chemicals that will cause the death of the insects. These chemicals are slow-acting in order to give the termite the chance to return to the nest and “share” the treated food. This is a good means to eradicate all termites in multiple nests.
Once again, there are a few downfalls:
– While less hazardous than insecticides, the treated bait can still present health risks.
– Eggs that do not feed on the treated substance will hatch and continue the life cycle.
Bait termite treatments are best used for less severe infestations over a long term basis to eradicate the termites permanently. It is recommended to place bait on a regular basis as a preventative measure to an infestation.
The two treatments can be used together to be far more effective. However, it is advisable to have either or both types of treatments applied by a pest control professional. They will have the necessary expertise, tools and experience to treat each termite problem to meet the unique requirements of every infestation.
Termite control experts will also be able to inspect your home for structural damage and recommend the best route to take to repair it. You will also get the best advice on how to prevent termite infestations in the future.