More About Termite Treatment Methods
Top Termite Treatments
There are two main categories of termite treatments: whole-house treatment, which is also known as tenting, and spot treatment, which is also called local treatment.
Whole-house termite treatment involves fumigation, and large tents are typically draped over the home to keep the fumes inside where they can kill termites.
Another but less common type of whole-house termite treatment involves raising the temperature in the home excessively. In this case, it may be taken up to between 120 and 150 degrees. At those temperatures, enzymes within termites are denatured and cell membranes are destroyed, which ultimately kills them.
Spot Termite Treatments
For a variety of reasons, people don’t always want whole-house termite treatments. The most common reason involves cost. It’s a lot more expensive to fumigate an entire home than it is to apply spot treatments. However, whole-house treatments are usually the most effective way to eradicate drywood termites.
There are two main types of spot termite treatments . One type involves injecting liquid chemicals into areas where termite infestations are suspected. The other type involves using bait systems to systematically kill termites. Spot treatments are considered a risky approach to termite control.
Bait Systems vs. Liquid Termite Treatments
Subterranean Termite Treatment:
There’s a lot of debate out there about whether liquid termite treatments or bait systems are more effective for exterminating subterranean termites. It should also be noted that these measures are often used on a preventative basis as well.
At any rate, a major drawback of bait systems is that they are usually spaced several feet apart. It’s easy for termites to miss them altogether, and they aren’t designed to attract termites in any way.
With full liquid termite treatments, there is a zone that goes all the way around a home. Another thing to keep in mind is that bait systems usually take a long time to produce results.
In some cases, baits can take as long 1-2 years to eliminate the original colony. Liquid termite treatments, on the other hand, can go to work immediately and a complete and thorough treatment can eliminate a colony in as little as a few short weeks.
Limitations of Do-It-Yourself Termite Control
It’s nice to take care of issues around the house yourself whenever possible. However, termite control calls for professional help. A professional termite control company like Pest Control One will analyze the problem and use its knowledge and experience to determine the appropriate treatment.
The best termite control companies like Pest Control One offer Termite Warranty Protection. If termites return, we take care of it for FREE. If you do it yourself and it doesn’t work, you will be back at square one. Worse, a failed do-it yourself treatment could result in new damage and costly repairs.
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