Getting rid of termites can take a lot of time and effort but ignoring the problem will just lead to more extensive damage to your home. There are many things you can try to do before having to call a professional. Below is a simple list of termite control techniques you can do on your own.
Liquid termite treatments can be sprayed around your home to kill any existing termites as well as kill termites that come into contact with the ones that were sprayed. Termite baits are great for slowly killing off a colony of termites that may be infesting your home. There are also liquids that mix in with water and kill off termites in and around your home.
Some termite control treatments you can do on your own, while more agressive chemicals require a licensed professional.
Baits actually leave small amounts of pesticides so that the termites who come in contact with it actually bring it back to their colony and kill off other termites.
Borate termite treatments are more like a coat of paint that is put around the wood in your home usually done while the house is being built.
Termite bait stakes are also a great way to both detect and rid your home of termites. You simply stick the stake into the ground around your home and there is an indicator that tells you if termites are in fact surrounding your home. The bait kills any termites that are detected.
Where to Find Termite Control Supplies
All of these products are available online as well as in select retail locations and they are considerably cheaper than having to call a professional in to control your termite issue.
Fumigation is what is done when you call a professional but it is not always able to kill termites there are some species of the that it does not work on.
Steps to Prevent Termite Problems
Some tips to keep them away or keep them from coming include covering any places where stuco, drywall or paint may be chipped, cracked or peeling. All a termite needs is a very small point of entry, it really doesn’t take much. Cover cracks near vents, windows, and roof siding.
Keep your gutters and crawl spaces free of dirt and debris because termites use this as food which in search of new places to eat. If you have to store mulch, firewood, or even wood chips be sure to always store them away from your home to avoid creating a moisture filled environment in which termites will continue to live and just reproduce.
Be sure to watch out for wet wood. Wet wood is easy for termites to chew through. Termites favor easy food sources and constantly wet wood is just an invitation for them to infest that area.
Know When to Call a Professional Exterminator
If you have tried all the do-it-yourself pest control methods and you still have termite problems than it is best to try to have a professional solve your problem.