Treating Termites

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If you do find yourself dealing with infestation, virtually all experts advise calling a pest management professional to help identify the termites, determine the extent of infestation, and recommend a prompt, effective control program.

Currently, there are three types of treatments available for use by the professional: soil treatments, wood treatments and baits.

Soil treatments are liquid termiticides diluted with water to ensure adequate coverage in the soil. Injection of this system in the soil creates a treated area that repels or reduces the population of termites and covers the structure with a long-term protection. This is the most commonly used system and may be used in combination with baits and/or wood treatment.

Terminix soil bait

Wood treatments involve treating infested wood or potentially infested wood with liquids such as a traditional treatment. This treatment type protects the wood from infestation and reduces or eliminates the infestation in the wood at the time of the treatment.

Baits are relatively new and involve installing bait stations in the ground. Termites then eat the bait and carry the active ingredient throughout the colony or area, thus reducing foraging, which in turn reduces the colony population. Baits are popular since there is no interior drilling, and they are less bother for the homeowner.

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