Termites are destructive menaces that can destroy your property value. By understanding methods of controlling termites, you'll be able to select the best treatment methods for your situation.
DIY Cardboard Baits
Termites feed on cellulose, and wood is made of cellulose, so wood attracts termites as a primary food source. They are particularly attracted to damp wood because it's easier for the termites to break down.
Another cellulose source is cardboard, which makes it an easy way to trap termites without chemical treatments.
To trap termites with cardboard, take several cardboard pieces and place them near the termite's nest. Next, spray the cardboard with water until it's damp. Termites are attracted to damp wood and will be attracted to the wet cardboard. Once the termites have migrated to the cardboard, take it outside and burn it.
Baits and bait systems use cellulose mixed with a pesticide to kill termites. Unlike many pesticides, termite baits don't usually kill termites instantly. The pesticide will kill the termites when they go to molt, so it may take a few weeks to see results. The delay is beneficial because if there were many dead termites near the bait, other termites would avoid the bait.
It's best to use bait stations when you're able to prevent the termites from eating their primary food source — in most cases, the wood in and around your home. Before you set bait stations out, remove wood piles, seal up cracks that allow access to your home, and fill any existing termite nests.
Taking steps to bar termites from their current food source will make the bait stations more attractive to the termites. After you've removed their food source, place the bait stations a few feet away from your home. Your goal is to lure away the termites from your home's foundation, not entice them closer.
You can install bait stations as part of a system, with many stations spaced around the home's perimeter.
Physical barriers use non-chemical methods to prevent termites from entering your home. Termites can enter cracks the width of a standard business card, so it's essential to have a barrier in place to prevent them from gaining access to your home.
Particle barriers are a common form of a physical barrier. These barriers use gravel placed within a trench. Place this trench against your concrete foundation.
Chemical barriers are an alternative to physical barriers. Chemical barriers get worked into the soil and sprayed on beams. Place chemical barriers before and during your home's construction by spraying them on wooden beams and working them into the ground beneath your foundation.
If your pest control attempts don't get rid of the termite infestation, you should reach out to a pest control company. A pest control company will provide an analysis of your termite problem and utilize solutions custom-tailored to your termite infestation.
For more information about termite control bait systems, contact a local pest control service.Share