Although they may appear small and fairly innocuous — like a winged ant — termites can have a huge impact on both the economy and personal finances, causing more than $2 billion worth of property damage each year. If you’ve noticed evidence of termites in your home, what type of treatment should you choose? Should you go straight to tenting and fumigating your home, or are there less extreme (but still effective) ways to control your termite population? Read on to learn more about the most common types of termite treatment to determine the right course of action for you.
Exterior chemical barricades
The least invasive and often least expensive way to manage termites in your home (as well as prevent future infestations) is to apply an insecticide around the foundation of your house once or twice per year. As a bonus, the most common insecticide used to control termites (fipronil) is also effective at combating ants, yellow jackets, wasps, and fleas. However, if your termites have already caused some structural damage, a more extreme and quick-acting remedy may be needed in order to avoid future damage.
Another treatment method involves application of a similar type of liquid insecticide in the soil around your home. Because termites will often burrow in soil while entering and leaving a home, this application can be more effective than applying a layer of insecticide to the home’s foundation.
Tenting and fumigation
One of the most effective ways to kill termites is through fumigation. During the fumigation process, you’ll be asked to leave your home and stay in a hotel for a few days (along with any pets). Your household food and medicines will be double-bagged in a special type of plastic that is impermeable to the gas used during fumigation. A large tent will be placed over your home and secured to the ground with water- or sand-filled bags, to prevent any gas from escaping and causing breathing problems for your neighbors. Because all windows and interior doors remain open during this procedure, the gas is able to travel freely through your home, killing all termite colonies present.
After the fumigation has ended, the tent is removed and your home is aired out before your return. Although this remedy may seem extreme, and will disrupt your family’s normal routine for a few days, it is one of the quickest ways to solve a severe termite problem.
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