Many people have performed specific tasks to prevent termites from invading their houses. Although these steps prevent termites to have easy access, in some areas where termite infestation is so serious; eventually a queen and some of her cohorts will eventually make their way into our house. When this happens, we should start to perform tasks to contain the damages and eradicate the colony.
We should seal holes and cracks to prevent additional termites from entering our house. We should keep gutters clean of debris. The house must be properly ventilated to remove moisture and it may be necessary to put dehumidifiers in areas where the colony is located. This will make a good setting for the termination tasks to begin,
We should be prepared to take more active roles when termites are starting to mulch on wooden parts of our house. If the infestation is still minimal and the colony is small, we may consider exterminating it ourselves. There are various treatment methods that we can use in the market:
It is essentially a liquid pesticide that’s optimized to kill termites. We could apply it in wooden surfaces located near the termite colony. We could apply it underneath the foundation and around the foundation. These chemicals are better applied when our house is first constructed. As the house is being constructed, the termiticide should be applied to the graded soil. For existing buildings, we need to dig out some of the soil near the foundation to improve coverage. We may also need to drill the wooden surface and inject the termiticide solution. This will make sure that the poison will enter the wood and affect termites. Termiticides are potent nerve poisons for termites and they kill termites upon exposure. However, we should be aware that termiticide applied on wooden surface only works as repellents and barriers to prevent further spread. They won’t kill the whole colony.
Subterranean bait is another way to deal with termites presence in our house. These baits can kill the whole colony if performed correctly. It is possible if the colony isn’t too large yet. In this case, we could put bait stations about ten feet from one another. Bait units are consisted of untreated wood segments and they can become a good indication whether termites are already active in our house. These baits should be checked regularly to find any presence of termites.
When termites start to arrive, we could replace the wood with toxic bait. It uses potent, slow-working poison, so termites can bring the chemical backs to its colony. Instead of killing them, the poison will prevent the molting process, causing slow death among many exposed termites. These methods can be applied when termite presence is evident. For more aggressive species, such as Formosan termites, we may also need to perform more intensive home improvement tasks, such as adding concrete and heavy duty plastic barrier on vital wooden parts of our house.