How To Keep Termites Under Control

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Termites can do a lot of damage to your home before you even know what's going on. That's one reason it's a good idea to get regular service from a pest control company like E & R Exterminating Company, Inc. that monitors for the presence of the bugs. Bait station monitoring along with pesticide treatments can keep the termites out of your home. Here is how the process works.

Soil Treatments

Soil treatments can be used to kill off an existing termite problem and to keep termites from entering your home. To apply this treatment, the pest control company digs a small trench around the perimeter of your home. The trench is deep enough to get below the grass roots where the termites travel through the soil. Once the soil is bare, chemical insecticide is sprayed onto it and allowed to dry. Once the poison is absorbed by the soil, the trench is covered with grass so it is out of sight.

Since termites travel through soil rather than on top of the ground, they have to pass through the chemically treated area to reach your home. When they do so, they become contaminated with the pesticide. It not only kills them, it also kills other termites they come in contact with back at the nest. Eventually, the soil treatments will wipe out the termite colony.

Bait Stations

Bait stations are used to monitor for the presence of termites near your home. These contain wood that attracts termites. The exterminator drills holes in the ground at intervals around the perimeter of your house. The bait stations are placed in the holes, then pulled up and checked on a regular basis. If termite activity is detected, the wood is switched out with poison bait the termites take back to the nest. This is a slower method of killing off termites, but it is a good option if you don't want to have chemicals applied to your soil.

Termite Control Contract

When you call a pest control company for termite control and eradication, be sure you specify you have a termite problem. Not all pest control companies deal with termites. Make sure the contract you sign is for termite treatment and prevention. It should include ongoing monitoring and treatment as needed, which is more effective than simply getting a one-time treatment. Plus, some termite contracts act as a sort of insurance policy. Your homeowner's insurance probably won't cover termite damage, but if you have a contract in place with a pest control company, they may cover termite damage to a certain extent if their treatments fail.

In addition to ongoing professional termite control, it helps to watch for signs of trouble. When termites can't travel under the ground, they build mud tunnels to travel through. If you see a tunnel from the soil that runs across the concrete foundation up to the wood of your home, that's a sign of a termite highway. Also, if you see tiny piles of sawdust or insect wings in your home, you should be suspicious of termite activity. Be sure to let your exterminator know if you suspect the termites have found a way indoors because once the bugs are in your home, the interior of your home may need to be treated as well as the exterior.