Termite Treatment: Conquering a Colony
Your home can be considered as one of your most expensive investments and along with this, is also one of the most important assets that you have to offer your family with regard to giving them the comfort and well being that they deserve. It would rather be a bit disheartening to find out that the security and integrity of your home could be under threat and compromised by unwanted guests that could literally take over your home right under your feet. Termites are considered as one of the most destructive form of subterranean insects that could literally eat you out of house and home. Regardless of how expensive and beautiful your home may be, termites can be very overwhelming with regard to the destruction that they bring which has cost homeowners around the world billions of dollars worth of damages.
Since termites are migratory by nature and start out with a pair of freshly spawned winged insects that pair up and start a colony of their own, a new colony could easily be starting out undetected right under your very noses within your property itself without you knowing about it. Common signs are the usual mounds that are visibly distinguishable near your home. These are clear signs that a colony has already been established and it could sometimes take a substantial amount of time before they find their way into your home and start gnawing off your walls and fixtures. Destroying a termite colony is no easy task and riding them is not a simple matter of digging out their colony since they go way below the ground, which can be a futile endeavor on your part.
It is best to seek out the services of professionals that know how to approach the problem related with termite infestation. Termite specialists are different from your regular pest control services since termites require a more thorough approach compared to cockroaches, rats and ants and are more difficult to eradicate which may require regular visitations to fully remove them from your premises. Termite treatment varies from home to home and the way every other house is designed and built has a lot to do on how the treatment would be undertaken. Added to this, the severity of the problem can also be a basis on how much it would cost you to fully rid yourself of your unwanted visitors.
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If you think your home is infested with these insects, you should immediately seek out professionals who can help you out at the earliest possible time to reduce the damage that termites have already caused. Termite inspection reports that are made by experts have a great weight against the value of your property and for whatever reason that you may need to use your property for a mortgage or loan; the value of your property will be based upon this report. Besides the natural damage caused by the passing of time against your property, damages caused by termites can easily reduce the resale value of your home to a disappointing devalued market price.
Professional termite exterminators use two kinds of pest control agents with regard to termites. Since termites are subterranean insects that hardly show themselves until the very last moment that they have eaten through your walls and floorboards, the use of liquid termiticides is the most common approach that is still being used today as it always has been for the last 50 years. Termiticides are based under older termite repelling formulations that prevent termites from crossing underneath your house through the ground by deeply injecting these chemical repellants as deeply and as far wide around the perimeter of your house’s foundation. Digging perimeter holes that are deep as 10 feet around your home and injecting chemical repellants into these holes and into the soil itself can prevent termites from crossing over into your house’s foundation.
This process is repeatedly done all around you premises and the only thing that it will do is hopefully repel the termites from your home, but will not totally eradicate their colony and may only result in making them find other sources of wood to feed themselves like your next-door neighbor perhaps. Unless your neighbor has already treated his home, termites will eventually find other sources of food that they can get their nourishment. Repellants do require more than 2 or 3 treatments before you can be sure that your grounds are termite free but that does not completely give you the assurance that the termites won’t be coming back.
A newer method of termite treatment uses a new chemical compound called Termidor which is not like any repellant but a chemical that reduces the ability of male termites to reproduce, therefor steadily decreasing the colony’s population until it ceases and eventually dies out. The method of application of Termidor is the same with all other termiticides and works through passing on the chemical compound from termite to termite. The chemical is very potent and termites are hardly aware that they have come in contact with it. Although it takes a substantial amount of time before positive results are clearly seen, the effect on the soil that Termidor has been applied to has a lingering effect that can last for years which can keep your property termite free for many years to come.