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Termite activity often goes undetected. Your home or business premises could be under attack at this very moment, without you even realising it.
If the soft-bodied destructive insects find a thin crack in your building, they can get in and chew relentlessly at your wooden structures without any visible signs.
Whether termites have been found on your property or you want to take preventative action there are several termite treatment options for you to consider.
Termite treatment is essential for homes and commercial properties that are susceptible to termite attacks.
The first step if you think you have a termite problem is to contact pest control professionals such as those at Pro Termite who will be able to:
- Identify the nature and extent of the termite problem.
- Supply you with information about termite prevention strategies.
- Recommend the correct course of termite treatments.
There are no one-size-fits-all approaches to termite treatments but among the available options are:
Destruction of Termite Colonies
If the termite colony is located and can be accessed, it can be physically broken up and removed.
If the nest is located but cannot be accessed, it can be destroyed by chemicals.
A dust termiticide can be applied by a hand puffer to ensure it is distributed within the colony.
Alternatively, a liquid termiticide can be injected directly into the nest.
To ensure it is wiped out the royal chamber is located, and the chemical is applied to the immediate areas around it.
Bait laced with a slow-acting poison is placed in bait stations around a property.
The termites feed on the bait and take it back to their colony to share with other termites.
With this form of termite treatment, every member of a colony can be killed.
Termite barriers come in two forms which are physical and chemical.
- Physical Termite Barriers – these are tough, durable barriers that are impenetrable to termites and integrated into the structural elements of a building. Termites cannot get through the barriers and when they try to get around them become visible.
- Chemical Termite Barriers – involves applying a liquid termiticide in the soil around the perimeter of a home, or under concrete flooring. The poison can either repel or kill the insects.
Termite Wood Treatment
To help eradicate existing termite colonies and prevent future ones from appearing, wood structures can be treated with a termiticide containing borax, also known as sodium borate.
After application it diffuses into the wood to create a barrier through which termites are unable to pass.
Borax is a salt made from boric acid which is derived from the element boron.
It is commonly used in household cleaning products, but it’s not so gentle on wood-destroying insects.
Borax does not work on contact so the insects must ingest it. When they do it interferes with their nervous and digestive systems and dehydrates them.
Typically they die within three to five days.
Although borax-based DIY termite treatments are widely available, expert application by a trained professional will ensure the right concentration and penetration of the wood.
Often pest controllers will use borax in combination with other products because it is slow acting and may require several applications.
Drawing Up The Battle Lines
If you do discover termites on your property, do not disturb them.
It can be tempting to spray them with insecticides or to try and destroy the nest.
However, this will cause them to retreat to other locations and may make other treatments less effective.
Instead, get in touch with the professionals who will devise a customised termite treatment for your particular situation.