Termite Treatment Options
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When finding termites in a home, many homeowners’ first thought is how they will get rid of the infestation. There are a few treatment options that can be used to get rid of termites in and around your home. The treatments will vary depending on the species of termite and the severity of the infestation in your home. Treatments can range from setting up bait stations to completely covering and fumigating your home.
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Types of Termite Treatments
The treatment for termites will vary depending on the type of termites that have invaded your home. An experienced terminator will be able to analyze the type and extent of an infestation and come up with a custom plan, often using multiple treatment options, to completely eliminate termites from your home. The common types of termite treatments are:
- Fumigation: Fumigation involves completely enclosing an object and injecting a fumigant that will kill termites. You can fumigate smaller objects like furniture up to whole houses. Often this can be the only way to completely remove extensive drywood termite infestation.
- Barriers: Installing metal or mesh sheets around wooden foundations and vents creates a barrier between termites and the wood of your home.
- Soil treatments: Subterranean termites live and burrow in the soil around your home. If you have subterranean termites, an exterminator will dig a trench around your home, treat the soil with a termiticide and fill the hole back in. This will kill termites and prevent these burrowing pests from coming close to your home.
- Baiting stations: An exterminator may place baiting stations around the outside of your home. These stations are filled with a slow-acting product that termites will bring back to their colony. Bait stations are often used in conjunction with other treatment options.
- Wood Treatments: There are a few ways to treat wood to kill and prevent termites. One common treatment is using a foam termiticide. Foam termiticides are injected into cavities in your walls and wood, expanding and filling any holes and cracks, eliminating termites living in the wood, and preventing them from returning. An exterminator might also apply a treatment on the exposed wood around your home.
How to Prevent Termites
Termite infestations can cause extensive damage to a home. Instead of treating a termite infestation, it is important to keep termites away in the first place. There are a few common things you can do to help prevent termites from invading your home.
- Complete routine termite inspections.
- Keep wood piles away from your home.
- Remove mulch and other wood or paper products from the perimeter of your foundation.
- Seal all cracks and holes around the outside of your home.
- Make sure there is no excess moisture around the foundation of your home.
- Inspect all wood brought into your home for signs of termites.
Calling an Exterminator
Only a trained exterminator will be able to determine the best course of action when it comes to treating a termite infestation. They will be able to identify the type of infestation and come up with a plan to eliminate termites from your home before they create the need for costly home repairs. Rocket Pest’s expert technicians are trained to help homeowners keep these extremely damaging pests out of their homes. If you believe you may have a termite infestation, call us today at 864-232-2406 for a free quote!Back to Termite Control