There are two main courses of action when dealing with termites, barrier spraying or baiting. If you are considering a treatment for termites, you should understand the pros and cons of each one before deciding which way to go.
Of course, you will want to actually talk it over with your pest control professionals too. They will know the specifics of your situation and can give more advice than this quick outline. A good company, such as Suffolk County pest control company, Fox, will have a variety of techniques up their sleeve and should be able to explain the benefits of them all before you decide on a course of action.
To start with, here are the basic positive and negative aspects of the two main choices for termite control.
This isn’t just about covering up exposed wood with siding, or other physical barriers like that. The term is used for a spraying technique that keeps termites out of your house. A band of space outside your house is sprayed with a pesticide, which then prevents any termite tunnels from reaching your home or other outbuildings.
You may not be thrilled with the idea of dousing your property with pesticides for several feet, but it’s a very effective method that keeps termites right out of your house and it leaves very little to chance. Another plus is that the work is done all outside, so no spraying indoors. You’ll need to have the barrier reapplied regularly (up to every few months).
Consider this a prevention method, not an elimination though. The colony of termites out in the backyard will continue to grow and thrive, just on the other side of the barrier. It also does nothing for the termites already in the house. They’ll need to be sprayed separately.
If you want to consider killing the colony, not just keeping them out, then baiting might be more suitable. Underground stations with poisoned cellulose baits (some form of cardboard, paper or wood) are set out around your house.
This is a much slower approach and can take several weeks to have any effect. If you have termites munching on the walls in your basement, you’ll need more than this at first. But these bait stations will work quietly and unobtrusively to slowly poison the main colony, as the termites gather the toxic bait and return to the colony with it.
It has the advantage of killing the colony and it saves you from having to add doses of insecticide right into the soil all around your house.
So which one is better? The reality is that both approaches have their own positives and negatives, and will work better in different circumstances. You may even find that you can use both as a double-pronged attack on your termite pests.
Both options have a strong prevention aspect to them, which is a good thing. Drastic extermination choices like fumigation are only good to treat the immediate infestation without tackling the outside causes.