Termites are one of the most destructive pests in North America. These little insects can cause an enormous amount of damage to homes and buildings within a very short amount of time, which is why they are such a huge problem for many homeowners. The termite infestation process is also fairly complex, but fortunately it’s not too difficult to get rid of once you know what you’re doing. This article will walk you through all the steps involved with eliminating termites from your home or building on your own so that you can keep them away for good!
Identify whether there’s a Termite Problem
This may be difficult because these bugs don’t usually make themselves visible right away; however, if there have been several recent cases of wood damage in and around your home, or if you notice that there are suddenly a lot more termites flying around than usual, chances are you have an infestation on your hands. The best way to ensure the issue is infestation and not just coincidence is by seeking out professional help right away…
Consult Pest Control Professionals
You probably already know this, but let’s be clear: you should never attempt to get rid of termites on your own unless you actually have experience in doing so. In fact, it’s actually illegal for homeowners or even pest control “professionals” that aren’t properly licensed and certified to deal with these insects. When dealing with an infestation of this magnitude, there are too many things that can go wrong if you don’t use the right process and steps. In fact, it’s especially easy for homeowners to make mistakes when dealing with termites because they’re also called “white ants” and most people think that white ants are basically harmless, which is far from the truth.
Inspect Your Home
Before you start getting rid of the termites, you’re going to want to inspect your home and figure out exactly where they are coming from, how they are entering the building, and what type of damage they have caused so far. This can be done a number of different ways; for example, there are simple wood blocks you can use to get a rough estimate of where they are entering the building, there are also infrared systems that can be used if the infestation is already pretty severe.
Seal Up All Openings
Once you have identified all of the openings through which termites can enter your home (which is usually done by inspecting for holes and other types of damage), you need to completely seal them up. This needs to be done by a professional in most cases because the process can actually get extremely technical depending on how much work is required…
If there seems to be more termites than usual flying around, you will want to use some type of trap to catch them before they go to work on your home or building. These are very useful and can help remove a majority of the problem right away, especially if you notice many of them concentrated in one area…
Handle Your Existing Wood
The wood that is already in your home may be damaged at this point; however, if it’s not too severe, it will typically just need to be treated with a chemical to get rid of the rest of the termites. If they have already caused major damage, you may need to try and replace all of the wood…
Use Pest Control Chemicals
There are several different types of chemicals that can be used against termites; however, it’s important to note that you should never use a sulfur treatment because these are incredibly toxic and many times more dangerous than termites themselves. Some of the other chemicals you can use for termite extermination are Termite Bait Stations which work by killing them off before they can even damage your home.
Get Rid of Unwanted Bugs
You may have noticed that there are other types of bugs around your house, such as ants and even rats; however, you don’t need to worry about getting rid of these because they will probably take care of themselves. Termites, however, are something you will need to deal with on your own or through professional help because they are actually much more dangerous than ants…
You will want to take care when handling an infestation of termites because they can do a tremendous amount of damage if left alone. It’s also good to know that you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on professional help or even hundreds on chemicals; instead, there are some great ideas and steps that you can follow which allow you to get rid of these pests on your own.