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[/caption] Termite treatment is something you should do as soon as you notice any signs of termites. Termites are small creatures that can easily go unnoticed, and most parts of the country are considered home to these pests. Be diligent about checking any wood in and around your home for pests on a regular basis. It is best to have a professional pest exterminator conduct a termite inspection yearly. When problems are found, they need to be addressed as soon as possible.
You can perform a preliminary termite inspection on your own. Visually inspect the wood, and look for the following signs of a termite infestation:
- Mud trails, which look like small lines of mud and are actually hollow tunnels. These are the passageways the termites take to get from the colony to the ‘feasting area.’
- Notice any grain-like mounds of sand. These are often located on windowsills or near floorboards.
If you notice any of these symptoms, it is best to have a professional termite inspection performed. This will pinpoint where the termites and the colony are located, and will offer treatment options for you.
Termite Treatment Options
There are a variety of ways you can get termite treatment, even severely infested areas. Use some type of product that is specially designed to kill existing termites. From a spray, to a topical application, to termite bait, there are effective do-it-yourself methods. In addition to at-home termite treatment, you may also want to consider products that will prevent any termites from entering the home in the future. For example, repellants may be sprayed around the perimeter of the home, keeping pests from entering. However, this form of pest control only works if it is placed directly on the areas of entry.
Professional Termite Treatment Recommended
Due to the nature of termites and the difficulty in fully treating and eradicating them from any facility, it is best to call a professional. A pest exterminator can use professional-strength products (both chemically and non-chemically based) after conducting the termite inspection. They are also experts at finding termites and their colonies, so that treatment can be fast and effective. Ensure your home endures a thorough termite inspection at least once a year. If you do in fact have an infestation and require termite treatment, be sure the pest control company is credible so as to guarantee the termites are completely eliminated from your home once and for all.