We suggest understanding a bit more about termite biology before reading further into this section. An understanding of how termites function, and why they are infesting your home will give you a better idea of how to prevent termite damage in the future.
Termite control won’t be effective if you don’t keep an eye out for signs of termite damage, no matter how many other precautions you take. Even if you have a qualified exterminator providing termite barrier treatments, termiticide applications, and baits, you still need to perform regular inspections yourself to be sure your home is safe from termite damage: find out how, right here
Now that you’ve got your eyes set on eradicating your termite problems, you need to find out what to do next. The first step is to identify what kind of termites you have: for a quick reference to the different kinds of termites frequent in the United States, visit our section on termite identification here. If you’ve already read through this section, and have identified the invading termites, carry on in your studies.
More than 90% of termite infestation problems in homes originate in areas where wood meets the soil. There is no barrier to termite penetration in these areas; any foraging termite that finds its way to a 2×4 can easily begin working its way into your home—and letting the other termites in its colony know where to go. Learn more about wood to ground termite home maintenance.
Termites may often enter through minuscule cracks in the foundation of your home. A termite can squeeze through any crack more than 1/64 th of an inch wide. Quite often, as your home settles, hairline cracks form that are often not visible to the unconcerned eye during a termite inspection; yet still, these cracks allow termites entry into the timbers of your home. To find out more about foundation termite treatments,
Chew your house down: treating foundations for effective termite control Part II
In the previous section, we talked about how slab foundations can be treated with permethrin (synthetic pyrethroid) gel to restore the preservation of termite control. In this article, we’ll talk about foundations with walls, crawlspaces, and houses built directly on the ground (well, we’ll mention those, but most of them will have fallen down by the time you finish reading this sentence). Click here for more information about securing the foundation of your home from termite damage.
The words “family” and “home” are almost interchangeable. Similarly, choosing the right exterminator is a lot like choosing the right doctor. You trust your doctor with your family’s life; you trust the security and safety of your family’s home to your exterminator. The process of selecting a qualified, responsible, and caring exterminator from the dozens of people who claim to be exterminators is not something that should be taken lightly. There are certain things to look for in an exterminator that can make this search a little easier for the responsible parent and homeowner.
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