Termite control is an important aspect of residential pest control. Perhaps, there is nothing more destructive to a structure that is made mostly of wood than a colony of termites. The problem is quite prevalent. Because of the destructive effects of a termite infestation on a property, one of the primary services offered by professional pest control companies is termite control.
Preliminary inspections by trained personnel
A termite infestation is usually subterranean so that the earliest signs are invisible from the property owners. Most of the time, when there are visible signs already, the infestation has already overtaken a huge part of the house, albeit unbeknownst to the owner.
Professionals with expertise on pest control usually perform an inspection in order to locate the highly active areas. The first step, which is the most important step, is determining where the termites are. Termite tunnel are recognizable when they are on the surface. If there is a rumor of termites, it is best to confirm their presence by looking for mud tubes. Usually, some insects can be found there. Another means of ascertaining the presence of termites is to look for hollow spots on exposed wood. Take care not to mistake ant swarms for termite swarms. Termites and ants both survive as insect colonies, but the insects look quite different from one another. For example, individual ants are either red or black in color, while termites are cream white in color.
Termite intervention options for residential infestations
There are many ways to deal with a termite infestation. Here are some of the methods employed by pest control experts:
Active reduction of termite food sources by the homeowners.
Use of termite baits. Bait stations are effective at dealing with the whole colony, eventually and resolve the entire termite manifestation.
Application of termiticides on the soil and on structures that are prone to termite infestation.
Liquid insecticides are quite effective at addressing huge problem areas and resolve severe damage.
Pesticides and termiticides must have prior approval from the authorities prior to use. There are chemical treatments that are effective at dealing with termites while posing minimum risk to humans and the environment. Regulations dictate that only trained personnel must handle chemical applications in residential areas. One of the benefits of hiring a licensed pest control firm to deal with a termite infestation is that they know all about the right application of chemical treatments.
Effective preventive measures
In order to prevent future infestations, here are some of the measures that may be implemented.
Reducing moist areas in the house. This method may entail removal of sources of moisture, repairing leaks on roofs, and addressing chronic plumbing issues. These methods are known to prevent spread of current infestation as well as future ones.
Construction of physical structures such as sand barriers and steel meshes to prevent the invasion of termites.
Theoretically, the presence of biological control agents such as fungi helps prevent termite infestation, but these have only been proven in the laboratory setting. This non-chemical intervention is not widely practiced by pest control experts.