How A Termite Treatment Works and Why You Need the Protection
There are many reasons why termite treatment is needed for your home or business. Generally speaking, almost every home purchase is required to have an inspection performed before most lenders will allow the sale to go through. We try to explain here how a termite treatment works, how long they last, and some of the images of what we have found in previous inspections.
First, our termite treatment is a liquid product to mimic bait for termites. Once they pass through the barrier they carry the slow-acting poison from worker to worker. As a result, the nest gets infected just like a virus, and the queen will die. If the queen dies, the colony dies. Once applied termites start dying off within 1 to 2 days of the application. However, it does take longer to reach the queen. Once your home is fully treated, all the termites are eradicated, and the treatment lasts several years before they would need to be applied again.
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Termites can damage homes and outbuildings severely if not discovered in time. A Professional exterminator may need to inform you of work that will need to be performed in the home. Unfortunately costing hundreds of dollars even after discovery and termite treatment. Infestation of structures by termites is more prevalent than one would think, so do not waste time waiting to see these subterranean and dry wood pests before having a professional inspection. Depending on the species and type of termite, swarms vary throughout the US. Subterranean species begin in late winter and continue to swarm through late fall. Dry wood species swarm in the spring, summer, and fall, but it varies by location and climate.
Different Species an Exterminator Must Know
There are over 40 species alone in the United States, and more than 2,000 species are known to be in existence. It is causing more than 5 billion dollars in property damage every year. Some of this damage, if gone unnoticed, can lead to a home becoming unlivable. With this in mind, having a regularly scheduled inspection every 1- 3 years is recommended. For a home that needs treatment, it is a good idea to call your exterminator back in about 12 months to ensure your home is still safe. Occasionally, our team will need to conduct a follow-up application if a complete eradication of the termites was unsuccessful.
Termites remain hidden the majority of the time, on walls and floors. If you start to notice any bubbles in your paint or wallpaper, tiny holes, peeling paint, or cavities, chances are you have a problem. They can damage your drywall or sheetrock as well.
A subterranean termite colony builds and colonizes using mud tubes made from termite saliva, soil, and wood. These protect them from predators and dehydration. Like any colony, the mud tubes serve different functions. Like ants, they have scouts or exploration tubes, working tubes, swarm tubes, and drop tubes. A colony of termites can pile up tiny wings from dry wood and subterranean termites near doors and windows. Swarms can occur inside and outside the home, typically around windows and sliding glass doors.
Termites do leave signs, tattle-telling on themselves, that they are present in the home. Also, look for small pinpoint holes in drywall, buckling wood floors, loose tile, and stuck windows, or doors. Conducting a sweep of your home periodically to look for the signs mentioned can go a long way in protecting your home in the long run. Unfortunately, these signs may only appear after months or even several years, leading to more damage and costs.
Your Next Step
Contacting us to help with inspections or treatments is the best option versus attempting to treat a swarm on your own. For one thing, a termite treatment using over-the-counter sprays or traps will do little to solve the problem and could make it worse by sending them to another more obscure area in your home. Most reputable termite and pest companies will tell you to have your home inspected annually by a professional. In states where termites are prevalent, like Oklahoma, we recommend doing just that. However, we find that most homeowners fail to schedule an inspection.
Out of sight, out of mind type mentality seems to take over, or they forget. It’s best to schedule your next inspection during the current assessment, and most exterminators will call and remind you or send you an email. If we need to adjust your schedule in 12 months, this is not a problem; at least you can have the inspection performed close to that time for peace of mind. Moreover, many homeowners set reminders, like checking their HVAC system before spring or summer. Maintenance checklists for your home are easy to prepare and share on the family calendar.
What to Do If You Notice Possible Signs
In the event that termites are discovered in your home, contact an exterminator immediately. Damage that may need repairing will require someone experienced. For Instance, many exterminators deal with multiple contractors and try talking to them for a recommendation. Selecting any professional termite treatment specialist should begin with experience, price, and what type of guarantees to assist you in making the best decision. Bobbi Ray’s Termite & Pest Control would love to help you in any way possible!
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