Termites may not be the deadliest or most dangerous animals around, but their fondness for feeding on wood has translated into them being the pest that causes the most economic damage. They are the pest that causes homeowners and property owners to suffer huge losses from damaged furniture, possessions, and building structures.
If the unfortunate has happened, and you suspect that your property is infested with termites – what can you do? Here is a rough guide of what happens once your home is suspected to have a termite infestation.
Choose your pest control company wisely
It goes without saying that calling up a pest control company should be one of the first things you do when you suspect a termite case in your home. As dealing with various types of pests is their job, you can expect that the right pest control company will know just the right methods to eradicate the pests from your premises. Make sure to choose a certified company that is well-versed in termite control methods.
You might have detected some signs of termites in your home, but oftentimes it is still difficult to pinpoint their hideout. Thus, one of the first steps in tackling the problem is to locate the infested areas. Pest control professionals may do this in a variety of ways. Devices that use microwave and infrared wavelengths are used to ‘see’ and ‘hear’ through the walls and wooden structures to locate termite activity. These techniques are highly effective at detecting termite infestation sites while being non-invasive to the home.
Baiting & spot treatment
Once the termites’ location has been ascertained, the pest control company can then strategise ways to eradicate them. One way is through a baiting technique, which lays out toxicant-containing food for the termites. The termites then ingest the insecticide and share them with their member termites, which eventually wipes out the colony. Another method involves directly applying insecticide to termites that are found.
Treating the premises
Just wiping out the active colony is not enough – pest control professionals will typically also conduct a further preventive measure so that the pests do not return. One way to do this is to apply termiticide solution in the walls near entry points and vulnerable areas. Small holes are first drilled into the walls at fixed intervals. Then, the termiticide solution is injected into the holes. For landed properties, roof treatment may also be needed.
Once the termites are eliminated and the preventive treatments put in place, it still does not mean that your property is 100% safe from termites. It is always better to err on the side of caution and opt for regular inspections to ensure that these measures are working as intended. Over time, the effect of termiticide will also wear off and cause your home to be vulnerable to new infestations.
These are just some of the things you should expect when termites decide to make their home out of yours. While termites have the potential to stay undetected and wreak havoc on homes, you can protect your home by remaining vigilant and working closely with a pest control company.