How Does Termite Treatment Work?
The best termite treatments work to not only control active infestations but also prevent future termites from ever returning.
Termite treatments have several steps to ensure an infestation is completely eliminated:
- Treatment begins with a professional pest control expert thoroughly inspecting your property for signs of termites and diagnosing the severity of infestation.
- The type(s) of termites present will be determined and, from there, the best treatment method will be determined.
Liquid termite treatments and baiting systems are both designed to be transferred throughout the entire colony, effectively killing the king, queen, and worker, and soldier termites.
- Treatment will be administered to tackle the infestation.
- After treatment is applied, pest control companies will almost always follow up after treatment to make sure it was effective, and to reapply treatment where necessary.
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How Do Liquid Termite Treatments Work?
Liquid termite treatments, such as Termidor, are applied to the soil around the entire perimeter of your home, providing a solid barrier of protection. Not only are most liquid termiticides lethal to termites when they ingest it, it’s also lethal by contact as well. These products are highly effective precisely because the treatment is spread around the colony so efficiently, which is known as the “transfer effect”. Certain liquid termite treatments can control entire populations faster and better than any other treatment, usually working in just under three months to totally wipe out an entire colony.
How Do Baiting Systems Work?
Bait systems such as Sentricon are monitors that are placed every 10 or so feet around the perimeter of your home. They typically consist of a cellulose material to attract termites, combined with an insecticide to affect the termite. This type of treatment begins to work immediately with the engineered bait content, which is nearly ten times more attractive to termites than wood. This bait will keep termites from maturing or molting, which will eventually cause them to die. A termite control expert will provide ongoing service to ensure the bait system continues to work.
Which Termite Treatment Works Best?
Many pest control companies agree that liquid termiticides and baiting systems are the best possible treatments available for getting rid of subterranean termites. When it comes to dealing with drywood termites or wood-boring beetles, fumigation is the most effective treatment. No matter which treatment is used to control termites in your home, ongoing service and inspections by a pest control company is the best way to ensure the treatments worked and to make sure termites stay away from your home for good!