What are the first things I should do when I suspect a termite infestation?
When it comes to saving your property from termites, the first step you need to take is to be alert. Since they rarely come out from mud tubes, soil, or any food source which they are tunneling through, many people can easily miss a termite problem.
It is only when these pests come swarming out or have caused sufficient damage to a structure before they become noticeable.
Here are a few ways to spot a termite infestation:
- Look for hollow spots in wooden structures. This can be done with a flathead screwdriver.
- Distinguish between ant swarms and termite swarms. Ant’s front wings are longer as compared to their hind wings while termite wings are of the same length. Unlike ants whose antennae are bent at 90 degrees, termite antennae are straight to the point of drooping.
What are the different types of termite traps?
Non-chemical Termite Treatments
Here are some ways to trap termites without using chemicals:
- The best way to trap termites is through installing a physical termite barrier. This is usually done during pre-construction.
- Termite traps may also involve using sands as well as steel mesh that act as a physical barrier.
- Another kind of termite trap involve biological control agents such as fungi and nematodes.
Another common way of getting rid of termites is by using pesticides. Here are common chemicals used to eradicate termites:
- Liquid soil-applied termiticides
- Building materials impregnated with termiticides
- Wood treatments
- Termite baits
What are conventional termite barrier treatments?
One of the most common methods of eradicating termites is the use of soil-applied barrier treatment. Termiticides, which are used for barrier treatments should specifically be labelled for that use.
However, if not used properly, these treatments can turn into a contaminant for your house and the surrounding drinking water well. This is why it is recommended to hire professional pest exterminators who are trained and licensed to handle termicides.
What chemicals are used to create termiticides?
What are the different types of termite baits?
- Diflubenzuron which inhibits the developmental stages of insects.
- Hexaflumuron which is usually used in the monitoring, inspection, and identification of termites.
- Hydramethylnon which is used to remove roaches, ants, crickets, as well as termites.
- Noviflumuron is used for the disruption of termite growth and activity.
- Lufenuron is an insect growth regulator, which is used for controlling fleas and termites.