Homes are great in keeping the environment out and keeping us safe while we build our family. Therefore, we should equally give care and maintenance to it so that it can serve us for a long time.
Having insects at home is natural. But even so, insects don’t have to live with you since most of these insects will only seek to make your home their food, eventually destroying your property.
You must check the species you are dealing with. If you find that you’re being invaded by tiny white ants, then this article is for you.
White ant treatment is not rocket science, and if you’re the DIY type of person, you can do it with a lot of precaution.
We highly recommend you call professional pest exterminators for such events. But you can do the following nonetheless.
The first order of business though is to identify if you have a white ant problem.
Wall Paint is Breaking
Bubbled or cracked paint is one indication that tells that you have an infestation problem. Since termites feed on the core wood, the more they feed off your walls, the nearer they get to the surface. This causes the paint to bubble up or crack. If the wall is breaking in a way that is not in proportion to the foundation, then that’s a red flag.
If your home has solid wood features and you happen to hear a hollow sound when you tap it, then you should be well aware that a hollow sound will not make itself.
You will be surprised at the power of small white ants in burrowing and feeding off the wood. So be on the lookout and immediately do something about this when you see this scenario.
These are small cave-like structures along the wall. These are usually brown and look like mini highway tunnels. As satisfying as it is to crush them, make sure to find a way to eliminate the builders of these dangerous tubes.
Now that you've identified the problem, here are some solutions you can apply.
Don’t Disturb Them
This is crucial if you want to eliminate these threats to your home.
Do not spray them with regular pesticides and household sprays. This will only irritate them an might attack you, thus injuring yourself.
Also, make sure to keep anyone from tapping their nest or touching them while they’re working. We can’t make a comparison between them and human beings, but if someone bugs you while you’re minding your own business, you know well to tell them they shouldn’t.
Also, if they get disturbed, most of the white ants will retreat deeper into the home or underground which may cause any further solution to be less effective.
Find the Nest
The most effective way of eliminating white ants is to find their nest.
When you find the nest, then that’s where you want to start your treatment. Use a dedicated white ant solution to exterminate them and then apply more to surrounding areas to just to be sure that there are no survivors left.
Having survivors will only result in them coming back and you repeat the process all over again. So be thorough.
There are many chemical solutions you can use for this method. This is a especially popular choice since it provides long-lasting protection.
This solution is mixed with the soil or scattered around the structure. When a white ant comes in contact with the solution, they are repelled or even killed. This is a good way of deterring any further damage or even an invasion in the first place.
But you have to take note that even if it lasts a long time, it is not a permanent solution.
Make sure to mark the date when it is first applied and see the recommended date of reapplication or if there’s still a need for it.
You also need to see if the treatment may affect your water lines or if your pets can come in contact with it. These are pretty toxic chemicals so you should be careful in using them.
On the other hand, you have physical termite barriers. If you don’t want to use chemicals, then you can install physical barriers. But you have to have them before building the structure.
If you already have a home, this is a nice-to-know note which you can tell someone you know who is planning to build a house.
This is another popular white ant treatment.
You replace their regular meal with a tastier alternative. The goal is to have them bring the toxic chemical to their colony. This way, they can affect the whole without disturbing their nature.
This is a good choice because they eliminate the source. It is also a passive way which requires less effort on your part.
There are more white ant treatments out there that can be done by a patient DIY homeowner. A home will eventually be infested with termites at varying degrees. But the persistent and proactive owner can deter lasting damage when they deal with the first signs immediately.
Again, while we know that you can eliminate white ants by doing it yourself, it always pays to have a professional look into the case.
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