Termite trouble is best treated by a pest professional.
HOW TO GET RID OF TERMITES
Posted By SafeGuard Pest Control Administrator When a homeowner suspects that they have a termite infestation, they naturally want to address the problem with all possible speed. Sometimes, this means that they try a DIY (Do-it-yourself) solution. After all, they handle most of the other improvements and repairs around the property, so why not this too?
There are several good reasons why professional termite control is always preferable over DIY treatments. Perhaps the most critical of these is that the treatment methods that are available to ordinary homeowners are often unsuccessful. Moreover, they do nothing to discourage these pests from returning.
Misidentification is another reason to choose an experienced Bensalem exterminator. Unless the pest has been accurately identified, no treatment is going to be effective. DIY treatments only delay the application of a real solution, making it possible for the pest to cause even more damage.
Safety is yet another critical reason to call an experienced termite technician. Misapplied and misused pest control treatments, even those available to the public, may prove to be dangerous to people, pets and the environment. Hiring a professional ensures knowledgeable assistance and minimized risk to everyone on the premises.
GETTING RID OF TERMITE INFESTATION
Discovering a possible termite infestation is alarming. This is not because termites are dangerous. In fact, encounters between termites and humans are rare. The real threat is to the structures on the property.
This is because termites eat wood and other cellulose-containing materials. When they gain access to a house, garage or outbuilding, they immediately begin eating, often in dark, out-of-the-way places like basements and crawl spaces. If allowed to continue, the damage that they cause can be immense, requiring thousands of dollars in repair costs which are typically not covered by most forms of insurance.
PRECAUTIONS AGAINST TERMITE INFESTATIONS
Obviously, preventing an infestation in the first place is preferable. Below are some preventative measures that can be applied to lessen the chances that termites will not be invading your Bensalem home or office.
• Perform a seasonal inspection of all wood around the house. If any of it is weak and crumbling, this may signal a termite infestation. Call for immediate help.
• Monitor the area around air conditioners. Window-mounted AC units can cause surrounding wood to become damp due to condensation. As this situation can easily attract termites, it is advisable to prevent this from occurring.
• Inspect the roof for damage. A leaky roof can also invite termites. Missing shingles and other problems should be repaired to avoid attracting pests.
• Keep firewood away from buildings. Stacking firewood adjacent to the building may only serve as an open invitation to termites.
• Repair water leaks. Water escaping from plumbing or irrigation pipes will attract termites. Fix any of these problems as soon as they are discovered.
• Minimize the use of cardboard boxes. Cardboard contains cellulose, so termites will eat it. Use plastic storage containers instead.
• Make sure that doors and windows are sealed. Flying termites called swarmers will try to penetrate a building through gaps and spaces around doors and windows.
• Termites do not restrict their activity to building structures alone. All wooden flooring and furniture should be visually examined for signs of damage.
DEFINING THE VARIOUS TERMITE TREATMENTS
Chemical treatments are most frequently used to treat termite infestations. Each of these chemicals must receive approval from the federal Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, before it can be legally used in the U.S.
Once a chemical has cleared the EPA's testing, the product is registered or licensed to be used by professionals within the instructions on the label. Such products typically are referred to as termiticides.
Frequently, these termiticides are in liquid form, and they may be applied to form a chemical barrier around the property. They may either be repellent or non-repellent termiticides. Repellent termiticides are designed to deter termites away from buildings. These chemicals may be applied to the structure when it is being built or when the technician needs to quickly control an infestation of subterranean termites.
Non-repellent termiticides do not keep termites away. In fact, termites generally are not able to sense the presence of these chemicals. A non-repellent termiticide is most frequently used on a spot-treatment basis. Instead of driving the pests away, this chemical kills them.
Professional termite technicians typically use an electric or gas-powered sprayer that uses a low pressure of approximately 25 PSI. This is an alteration compared with the termite treatment practices in the 1970s when termiticides were applied at around 150 PSI. Since then, researchers have discovered that applying termiticides at a lower PSI provides better coverage, results in less environmental damage and causes far less of a mess on the property.
Spraying is not the only application method. When technicians are working about foundations and beams, they may use a pick or shovel to create a small trench around the exterior perimeter of the structure. The liquid termiticide is then poured into the trench.
Other termiticide applications require drilling. This technique may be used around floating slabs, porches, patios or concrete expansions. A hammer drill with a carbide-coated drill tip is used to create a hole into which liquid termiticide may be poured. Trebor plugs and cement may be used to fill in the holes after the termiticide is applied.
Some termite infestations additionally require wall foaming. In this application, the termiticide is combined with a foaming agent, and the mixture is applied in places where drilling is inappropriate. When the termiticide expands into an open space, it makes contact with termites, killing them at once.
With the initial application of termiticide complete, the technician may then turn his attention to laying out bait. Termite bait is a safe and environmentally friendly addition in the fight against these pests.
The termite bait typically contains cellulose, which is termite's food source. Also, within the bait is a slow-acting termiticide that can effectively wipe out an entire colony. Typically, termite bait stations will be installed in the ground around the house and other areas around the property that are affected by termite activity.
LIVING TERMITE FREE
With the assistance of a professional termite technician, it is possible for Bensalem homes and businesses to live without termites. Taking preventative precautions and scheduling regular termite inspections can help to protect against a termite infestation in the first place.
Termites are an incredibly common pest problem for Bensalem area homes and businesses. Unfortunately, many people do not realize that they are dealing with an infestation until it has been ongoing for months or even a few years.
SafeGuard Pest Control, LLC is a leading pest control provider and can assist homes and businesses with successful termite extermination while helping to prevent future termite infestations.