Termites are a bother for every homeowner. Each year, the structural damage worth of billions of takes place thanks to these pests. This makes it essential for you to identify their presence and ensure protective measures against termites via effective termite treatments and termite traps.
Identifying Termites Presence
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 the mud tubes, soil, or any food source which they are tunneling through, many people are not even aware that they have a termite problem. It is only when these pests come swarming out or have caused sufficient damage to their structure that they learn about their existence. In order to find out about their existence in a timely way and work to remove them, here are a few ways to identify their presence:
- Examining and probing the exposed portion of wood for hollow spots. It can be done with a flathead screwdriver.
- Distinguishing between ant swarms and termite swarms. Ant’s front wings are longer as compared to their hind wings while termite wings are equal. Moreover, unlike ants whose antennae are bent at 90 degrees, termite antennae are straight to the point of drooping.
Different Types of Termite Traps
Here are some methods to use in order to get rid of the termites once you have realized that the pest has infested your property:
Non-chemical Termite Treatments
Here are some ways to trap termites without using chemicals:
- The best way to trap termites is through a physical termite barrier, which is usually incorporated in the construction process.
- Other termite traps include particular size of sands as well as steel mesh that acts as a great physical barrier.
- Other termite traps include biological control agents such as fungi and nematodes. In laboratory setting, they have been effective.
Other ways of getting rid of termites include the usage of insecticides. Following are some sprays that cane b used of this purpose:
- Liquid soil-applied termiticides.
- Building materials impregnated with termiticides.
- Termite baits.
- Wood treatments
Two other more common forms of treatment include termite baits and the conventional barrier treatment.
Conventional Barrier Treatments
One of the most common methods for termite treatment infestation includes the 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. Therefore, they will not protect you against the termites. This is why it is recommendable to always go for professional pest management services that are trained and are licensed to work with proper precautions.
Following are the active ingredients that are usually present in these termiticides:
A number of termite baits have been introduced for the reduction of insecticides usage as well as their effects on the health of humans and the environment. Most of these termite baits make use of cellulose baits containing slow-acting insecticides.
Following are the active ingredients most commonly found in termite baits:
- Diflubenzuron -It inhibits the developmental stages of insects.
- Hexaflumuron – This is usually used in the monitoring, inspection, and identification procedure of termites.
- Hydramethylnon – This insecticide is used for the controlling of roaches, ants, crickets, as well as termites.
- Noviflumuron – It is used for the disruption of termite growth and activity.
- Lufenuron- This is an insect growth regulator, which is used for controlling fleas and termites