Choose the Most Effective Termite Treatment
Termites are an insect that thrives on eating wood fibers, and a large infestation can weaken and destroy the supportive wood structure of a building. What’s even worse is that often homeowners do not even realize the important structure of their home needs to have a termite treatment so that it is not slowly eaten away. Termite damage is most common in warm to moderate climates where temperatures are not cold enough to produce frost on the ground.
Many homeowners do not recognize that termites are present in their home, and the destructive bugs may never be seen since termites try to avoid being seen in daylight. There are a few noticeable signs of termite infestation; wings lying near a crack or hole in the foundation where termites can gain entry, small wood-like pellets are termite droppings and the presence of mud tubes the insects build to reach above ground food. Drywood termites eat and build tunnels inside the wood construction of a home.
The presence of termites can be suspected if any wood in contact with dirt or cement is soft enough to be punctured by the tip of a screwdriver. When any of these signs of termites are noticed, the homeowner should contact a professional pest exterminator to set up a thorough inspection.
The first step of termite treatment is preventing them from entering the home and setting up housekeeping. ATLG Pest Control Adelaide is an expert when it comes to installing an effective termite treatment. These preventive measures include eliminating any sources of moisture such as leaking pipes or fixtures, insulating basement pipes to prevent condensation and keeping drainage areas clean of debris. Eliminate points of entry into the foundation by caulking any cracks or holes. Since termites are attracted to wood, any lumber or firewood should not be stored close to the home, and any limbs, tree stumps or miscellaneous yard debris should be eliminated.
If termites are successful at entering the home in spite of every precaution, a professional exterminator can apply an effective termiticide that will kill termites already living in the home and repel any that may try to get in. Several applications may be necessary to ensure any newly hatched insects are also eliminated. The solution is used to treat small spaces in the exterior and interior surface of the walls.
Any high moisture areas around the home such as downspouts, sprinkler heads, decaying tree stumps and areas of moisture should also be treated. Any termites that are feeding and nesting outside the home may eventually find a small entry point where the treatment solution has been weakened.
Follow-up inspections are important to ensure no termite eggs have hatched nor adults returned to continue damaging the home. The best value in termite control includes a contract specifying how many inspections will be conducted over the term of the contract. In certain areas where termites are very common, the best choice is regular inspections scheduled on an ongoing basis. While repeated termite inspections are an additional expense for the homeowner, preventing serious damage to the foundation is cost effective in the long run.