When dealing with termite infestations, the best way to make sure that they are removed effectively is to work with a pest control company. The company you choose will send over one or more professionals to control the infestation, and the entire process will begin with the inspection procedure.
Why the termite inspection procedure is important
The termite inspection procedure is essential to the control process because it helps gather information that will instruct the methods and approach used to remove an infestation. For example, it’s very important to determine the species responsible for the infestation when you’re dealing with termites, because different species will have to be treated using different methods. It is also important to figure out where the infestation is located when dealing with certain species, and the extent of the infestation. Once these essential pieces of information are uncovered, the pro will move onto the control.
How the termite inspection procedure unfolds
The inspection procedure can be either routine or it can be performed in an emergency. In the routine inspection, the home may or may not be infested with termites, and the pro will look for known signs of termite presence, such as mud tubes, exit holes, termite damage and termite activity. For an emergency inspection, where a homeowner is fairly certain that an infestation is present, the signs of the infestation will be more obvious and the inspection procedure will go faster.
Moving onto control
The control methods used will depend on several factors. If the species responsible for the infestation are subterranean termites, then the pro will use either a chemical barrier or a baiting station. The first option is the quickest way to stop an infestation, but if you have a large property and multiple buildings have to be protected, then the baiting station is the better option. The two control methods can also be used in tandem for a fuller protection.
When dealing with drywood and dampwood termite, the size of the infestation is the determining factor. For smaller infestations, insecticide will be applied to or injected into the wood and this will kill off the colony right away. However, if the infestation is widespread, then the home will have to be tented and fumigated to get the termites out.
If you would like to know more about the termite inspection and control procedures, or if you are currently struggling with a termite infestation on your property, contact us today.