There are not many things as frightening to a home owner as discovering that the house has suddenly developed a problem with termites. The best way to practice termite control is to prevent them from ever gaining a foothold in the first place. Since that is not always possible, follow these steps if a termite problem ever rears its ugly head.
Identify the Termite Problem
Most people discover that they have a problem with termites during the spring months. It is at this time that the sleeping termites come out of the woodwork and start looking for mates. These termites look like winged ants, but can be differentiated from ants by their straight antennae and uniform waist. The presence of winged termites inside a home is almost always a sure sign that the home has been infested by a swarm of termites. The winged termites should be vacuumed up and termite control should be undertaken immediately.
Another sign of a termite infestation is the presence of mud tubes that line the walls of a house’s foundation. These tubes are used by termites to travel between their underground colonies and the wooden structure of the house. These mud tubes are a sure sign of an infestation and require immediate and aggressive termite control.
How to Handle Termite Infestation
Once a termite infestation has occurred, it important to handle the problem as quickly and professionally as possible. While it can be tempting to try and handle the eradication of the termites by yourself, termite control is a job best left to the professionals. Termites are very tricky insects that often hide in unexpected places that can be hard to reach to kill them.
They are such a difficult eradication problem that it sometimes requires the professional termite control technicians to pump in hundreds of gallons of insecticide into the structure of the house to ensure that all the termites are killed. The small, do-it-yourself kits that are sold in stores have almost no chance of eliminating a termite infestation.
Preventing Termite Infestation
It is no small feat to get rid of termites once they gain a foothold in a house. The best way to practice termite control is to keep them from ever gaining an entrance into the house. The best way to do this is to keep the area surrounding the house free from termite-friendly habitat. This means removing any wood piles or loose lumber from around the home. Be sure to keep the soil around the home dry as well because termites love moist dirt.
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