In the case of a termite infestation, there is no treatment that can be used that is common to all. The type of termite, the extent of the infestation and also the type of construction of the house are major deciding factors for the type of termite control that is used. Here are a few of the methods that you can choose from.
Extermination by Exterminators
Termites can cause major damage to the home and they can remain hidden for a long time as they usually consume the wood from inside to out. By choosing to call a professional exterminator they will be able to identify the extent of the damage that is done and choose the right method of extermination. They can also help to prevent an infestation in the future. These professionals are trained in the identification, warning signs, treatment and the behavior of the termites.
Garden Soil and Lawn Treatments
Subterranean termites can be treated and prevented with the help of termiticide. This can be used for the treatment of targeted spots and can be applied in all of the areas that could potentially be entry points for the termites into your home.
Termite Monitoring and Baiting System
This is another method that is targeted towards subterranean termites, this can be used to detect and treat these pests. The amount of material that is used for this at the baiting stations are very less and hence can have a negligible impact on the environment and does not result in the soil getting contaminated. This method can be used as a warning about potential infestation for home owners and can also have a long term effect of control of the termite population. The only drawback is that it is a very slow acting method.
Tenting and Fumigation
A dry wood termite infestation can be vast and cause widespread damage that cannot be easily reached. By using the tenting and fumigation method you will be able to effectively control an active termite infestation. However, this is not a preventive method and will not help to reduce the chances of a reinfestation at a later stage.
Chemicals and Pesticides
There have been major advances in the field of termiticides that can help to control a termite infestation, make it effective even at lower quantities and also make it highly targeted.
Electronic, Hot, and Cold Treatment
Extreme cold treatment can be very effectively used for a smaller colony of termites that are in a smaller area such as wooden furniture. The heat treatment is highly effective for any active colony that is present in the area that is being treated. Microwaves and electronic treatments are used for a more localized dry wood termite infestation. However, these are all treatments for active colonies of termites and cannot be used for the prevention of a future infestation.
DIY termite control
Almost everything has become DIY and these products are also available for termite control. Most homeowners that have minor infestations choose these options as sometimes it can be very expensive to call a professional to do the job.
Natural Termite Control
Few companies have come up with natural organic or green options for termiticides for termites control that are nontoxic and do not have a negative effect on the soil or the environment. This can include treatment with substances like orange oil, boric acid, or biological controls. Although these methods may be better for the environment they have a few limitations that you should discuss with a professional before choosing that option.
Other methods that can help termite control is the use of products such as termite barriers, termite shields, and termite sprays.