Finding the Right Termite Control Products
There are some bugs people fear because they look ugly, such as a spider. There are other bugs that people may run from because they are afraid of getting stung or bit such as mosquitoes, bees and wasps. But in the case of termites, most homeowners would prefer to encounter any other pest rather than deal with these tiny but destructive bugs. Finding the right termite control
products can be the difference between having to replace a few boards on a deck and having to replace the entire foundation of a home. Termites are tiny pest that consume wood and some other natural fibers as part of their digestive patterns. Termites are constantly seeking a source of food and water and will burrow through nearly anything to fulfill their needs. Gnawing through concrete and plastic piping is not unusual or even uncommon. If a homeowner wants to protect their home, finding effective termite control products for prevention and extermination is critical.
Sprays, Foams and Injectors
Homeowners who discover a termite problem need to at first determine the extent of their problem and then follow it up with the right type of treatment. Termites can be difficult to spot because they live in underground colonies. Signs of termite problems can be seen by dust in and around areas with wood, weakened home support beams and sometimes spotting the white, ant-like termites themselves. Some of the following termite control products can effective exterminate termites for homeowners:
Termite Prufe Injectors from Copper Brite Inc.
- Small injectors used to spread extermination solution into termite colonies, crevices, behind walls, fence posts, deck boards and other hard to reach places
- Safe for use on the interior of a home as well as outdoors
- Easily attaches to garden sprayers
- Intended for use with the Copper Brite termite extermination and prevention
Termite Kill Foam by United Industries
- A foam spray that can be easily applied to the area directly requiring treatment
- Odor free
- Non-staining foam
- Easy to apply to small, tight areas
Termite Control Concentrate by Bonide
- A concentrated spray solution for exterminating termites
- Indoor and outdoor use
- A half gallon of concentrate will make 12 gallons that can be applied
Finding the right termite control product for homeowners can be difficult because of the widespread damage termites can cause. Where the colony resides and where the damage is located can be largely different areas because of the burrowing ability of termites.
How the Products Work
How effective a termite product works will depend largely on where the termite problem is spotted. Spray based products are intended to be used over a large area but may not always penetrate the most heavily affected areas. Most bait products are designed to not initially kill a termite but instead allow them to carry the bait back to the colony and hopefully kill the majority of the termite population. There are alternative termite control products for homeowners such as the Termite Home Defense System by United Industries. This defense system uses stakes which can be easily placed in the ground. The stakes detect termites and have a pop up indicator that can alert homeowners to termite locations. The stakes also contain bait that can directly exterminate termites. The product also comes with an instructional CD to assist homeowners with the product use.
What to Watch For
As disastrous as termites can be for a homeowner, the use of toxic sprays around living areas can be dangerous. Termites can also impact a home indoors as well as around the exterior making it critical to read the information on the packaging to ensure the product is being used as it was intended. There are also products that are designed to kill termites immediately such as a concentrated spray. However, long term this product might not kill the termite colony and a homeowner is consequently faced with continuous termite problems. Homeowners need to also be sure if they have an active colony or one that has moved on. Termite damage can be spotted long after the termites have moved on to a new location. A homeowner should also consider applying preventative termite control products if they live in a climate prone to termites.