If you’re unlucky enough to discover termites in your house or possessions, it’s a problem best left in the hands of the professionals. Trying to self treat termites is an arduous process, and the chemicals in use are toxic for humans too. You’ll be better off with irvine pest control or another reputable company handling the process.
People in the industry joke that there’s only houses that have termites and houses that don’t-yet. Sadly, when it comes to wood structures there’s more than a little truth in there. The older the house, the more likely that it’s had an issue in the past. As long as it was handled correctly, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. If at all possible, you should contact the firm that did the original infestation removal if you wish and inspection or think you have another problem. They should have access to reports and other information about the last treatment and the damaged areas, and it will give you a wealth of information to work from.
If you do suspect an infestation, keep your eyes peeled for ‘shelter tubes’, the mud tubes termites run between the ground and their snack bar- your wooden structure.
Especially if you’re buying, but even just in general, that report should be heavily consulted and any signs of damage compared with the areas noted on the report. New damage, obviously, should be taken very seriously. Most companies will only treat once there are signs of an active infection. Preventative spraying is not used, as it has not effect and the chemicals in use are, by their nature, toxic and need careful and non-abusive handling.
Treatments used to be solely by injection into the barrier entry layer of the termites. Modern innovations include a bait system. Spikes laced with the bait are placed around the grounds to lure termites and poison them. Some contractors have doubts about this method, however. They require monitoring- the original bait will be poisoned, and the bait only poisoned once there is a hit. Mostly, it’s employed as a monitoring system in at risk areas.
Regular inspection is critical. There are other things that can help stave off termite infections, too. Keeping vegetation and especially mulch away from the base of the walls, and keeping as much ventilation in that area as possible is essential. Obviously, if you have the choice to use pre-treated woods where soil contact is made, your life will be easier. And remember not to stack wood or wood products against the sides of the house- that goes for firewood and trellises equally.
Remember that the most common termite needs damp to thrive. Grade your foundation properly, maintain gutters and downspouts and keep moisture at bay. Any pooling of moisture on wood is an open invitation to a termite infection. Most especially, repair roof leaks and other leaks the second you are able too.
Termites are a pest, but in the hands of a competent pest control solutions company like Irvine, there is hope for their control.