How Termite Treatments Work and Why You Need the Protection
Liquid products mimic bait to termites. Once they pass through the barrier they carry the slow-acting poison from worker to worker. When the nest gets infected just like a virus, 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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Professional Termite Treatments & Inspections
Termites can damage homes and outbuildings severely if not discovered in time. Repairs may need to be performed to a home costing hundreds of dollars even after discovery and 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 tend to swarm in the spring, summer, and fall, but it varies by location and climate.
There are over 40 species alone in the United States and more than 2,000 species are known to be in existence. 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. Having a regularly scheduled inspection every 1- 3 years is recommended. For a home that needed treatment, it is a good idea to call your exterminator back in about 12 months to ensure your home is still safe. The treatment may need to be repeated if a complete eradication of the termites was not successful.
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 build and colonize using mud tubes made from termite saliva, soil, and wood. Used to protect themselves from predators and dehydration. Like any colony, the tubes serve different functions. Like ants they have scouts or exploration tubes, working tubes, swarm tubes, and drop tubes. Small wings from both dry wood and subterranean termites can be found piled up near doors and windows. Swarms can occur inside and outside the home, typically found around windows and sliding glass doors.
Termites do leave signs, telling on themselves, that they are present in the home. Also look for small pinpoint size holes in drywall, buckling wood floors, loose tile, 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 show up after months or even several years, which leads 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. Over-the-counter treatments 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, our recommendation is to do 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 simply forget. It’s best to schedule your next inspection during the current inspection, most exterminators will call and remind you or send you an email. If adjustments need to be made in 12 months is not a problem, at least you can have the inspection performed close to that time for peace of mind. Many homeowners set their own reminders, like having their HVAC system checked 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
Once termites are discovered in your home, if not by a professional, contact an exterminator immediately. Damage that may need to be repaired should also be done by someone experienced. Many exterminators deal with contractors often enough you can ask them for a recommendation. Selecting any professional should begin with experience, price, and any guarantees should be discussed to assist you in making the best decision. Bobbi Ray’s Termite & Pest Control would love to assist you in any way possible!
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