Termite treatment is a common request this time of year. Our previous article discussed the signs of termites, which is important to know this time of year. Everyone knows the damage that termites can do, but what are the treatment options for termites?
Termite treatment can be divided in to two general categories: Liquids and Bait. Liquid termiticides have been around for many years and are generally used to prevent termites in the ground coming up in to a structure. There are several types of termite sprays that can be used and there are repellent chemicals as well as lethal chemicals.
Termite bait is found in several forms: paper, cardboard, or other palatable food, combined with a slow-acting substance lethal to termites. The baits are installed below ground out in the yard in cylindrical plastic stations. Others are sometimes placed indoors over active mud tubes.
Why are infestations often discovered during March – May?
Spring brings the typical months winged termites emerge inside homes. Throughout nature winged insects swarm and disperse to start new colonies. With rain fall and warmer temperatures the winged termites will exit the colony and fly in to the air.
The swarmers then drop to the ground, shed their wings, pair off with a mate, and attempt to begin new colonies in the soil. It is only a few that start new colonies outdoors that actually survive.
How will I know if my home is infested?
Discovering winged termites indoors almost always indicates an infestation warranting treatment.
Light does attract these insects and they are often found around windows and doors. If you see termites emerging from a wood pile, stump or other locations throughout the yard, it does not mean the house is infested. We do recommend having an inspection done to be sure. However, if you see termites emerging from the base of the foundation, there is a really good chance the house is also infested and termite treatment is required.
Other signs of infestation are earthen (mud) tubes extending over foundation walls, support piers, sill plates, floor joists, etc. The mud tubes are typically about the diameter of a pencil, but sometimes can be thicker.
Spring is not only a time for termites to be active, most other insects will be more visible this time of year as well. Our Pest Control services can protect your home and family from the mosquito, bugs and other insects that we experience throughout the year. Contact us today for a free estimate.