Safe Guarding Your Property Against Termites
There are two main approaches for termite control and they include the use of termite baits and utilization of termiticides which are also known as termite insecticides, for soil treatment or barrier treatment.
1 – Termite Baits
They consist of cardboard, paper or other sufficient food for termites in conjunction with a lethal slow-acting substance that proves lethal to them. Termite baits must be capable of competing with contesting tree stumps and tree roots, structural wood and woodpiles. If the bait works too fast the dead or sick termites may aggregate within the proximity of the bait stations causing other termites in the area to avoid them. Delayed-action termite bait will induce conveyance of the lethal agent to the other termites, those that did not feed on the agent included. Several bait stations are placed below ground in the yard while some are placed within the framework of the environs of the functioning termite feeding sites or mud tubes. The stations located below the ground normally have untreated wood till there is a detection of termite activity inside the stations. The wood will then be replaced with the active ingredient treated material, i.e. the bait itself.
For termite baits, you can place them into the ground directly surrounding an establishment that the termites will locate, attempt to feed on and perish. Baiting of the termite colonies can also be used for termite detection as a monitoring tool where they are yet to become problematic. Termite baits control and eliminate in provisions where the framework is not treatable using soil termiticides an example being an area near a water body. There is concern about the use of pesticides, even in areas where soil treatments have not succeeded.
2 – Termite Liquid Insecticides (Termiticides)
Barrier treatments for termites are specialized to prevent termite entry into the establishment or structure. They also prohibit the termites that are inside the structure from accessing the soil to get the moisture they need for sustenance. Selection of a termite liquid method will give you speedier outcome and it is more convenient to apply the solutions near the termite-infested area. If you already have a termite infestation, drilling may have to be involved when applying the termiticide. However, if there is clearance for crawl space you can flood around your house, it should not be so difficult such that you can do it yourself if you are a more hands on person! Non-repellents are an improvement over termiticides that are repellent barriers only because with repellent termiticides, the smallest bridge in the treated soil can be noticed and used by the termites to enter the building as they will find a way to go around it. This is a considerable drawback for the more common chemicals used in the control of termites.
The notion of the use of chemical barriers treatment has been challenged by termite bait use as a sole means of subterranean termite control since chemical barrier pesticides available are short lived with no more than 5 to 8 years.