The home is perhaps the biggest financial investment that anyone will make during their lifetime, and as such, it’s important to keep it well protected. From detecting an infestation to getting it under control, our customers have asked us quite a few questions, and in this article, we’re going to go over the most common ones.
There are termites in my yard. Is my home infested?
If you have termites in the yard, it does not necessarily mean that they have entered the home yet. However, it should be a warning sign that an infestation may be just around the corner. A termite colony is usually underground, and from that central location, the termites spread out in search for wood. They may find it in a wood pile, or in your fence, but eventually they will make their way into the home. Calling a pest control specialist at this point can ensure that you will be able to destroy the colony before any damage is done to your building.
Can I control the termite infestation myself?
Termite infestations can be treated effectively DIY by using bait stations. Bait stations are placed in the ground near the home, with insecticide-laced cellulose. The termites will be drawn to the cellulose, and they will begin to take it to their colony and spread it around. Over a period of time, the bait eventually reaches the queen, who will be poisoned and die, leaving the colony without any reproductive potential. However, this can be a long process, and the termites will continue feeding on the wood in your home. To stop an infestation right away, you will need the help of a pro, who will install a chemical termite barrier around your home.
Are the insecticides used in termite control dangerous?
All insecticides and pesticides contain potentially dangerous chemicals. However, if they are used properly, there should not be any safety concerns. When applied by a professional, the odds of you, your family or your pets being exposed to the chemicals used is extremely low, and the amount of exposure would be less than you would find in a spray treatment for fleas or cockroaches. This is because chemical barriers are installed outdoors, inside the soil.
If you currently have a termite infestation, or you suspect that there may be one present, contact us right away, and we will send over a pest control specialist to help you treat it.