Types of Termite Treatments
There are various different options of treating termites. How can you determine which one is the best option for your home? We advise that you speak to a termite specialist to determine several factors that will optimize specific treatment plans for your home.
Outlined below are most common treatment plans.
- An odorless treatment is another method where the treatment is applied or injected directly onto the wood.
Entire Structure Treatment or Fumigation
This treatment involves covering the entire home or business with a tent and fumigating the tent with gas that enters every crack, room, and area that may contain termites.
With the ability to treat every area of your home, entire structure treatment, or fumigation, is often recommended when multiple termite coloniesare found in one structure. Fumigation involves a tent that envelops your home or business before termite specialists pump in gas, which spreads throughout the home to reach cracks and crevices that may be harboring termites. Since each infestation is unique, be sure to partner with a termite specialist to create a customized plan to treat your home.
Fumigation with Vikane Gas
- Vikane® gas is the most trusted and proven products in the market today. It is currently the #1 brand in termite fumigation and there is no other of its kind to this day. This is the only whole-structure fumigation that ensured complete elimination of drywood termites. This brand has also received the EPA’s Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award for the replacement in ozone-depleting substance. Therefore, Vikane gas is highly safe for home usage. Only the most trusted and environment conscious vendors currently implement the usage of Vikane gas for their business needs. It is vital for businesses to constantly pursue their efforts in the conservation of the environment and its people.
Liquid Application with Bait and Monitoring
- This treatment involves liquid treatment at various entry points where termite infestation occurs. The specialist will also place monitoring stations to detect activity. If it is determined that there are signs of infestation, then the bait stations will be replaced with the monitoring stations which results in termites ingesting the bait and transferring the bait to other termites.
Liquid Application with Repellent or with Non-Repellent
- This type of treatment involves directly injecting the liquid into the infested areas. Repellents are not attractive to termites, but thwart termites away from the affected areas.
- Non-repellent products provide difficulty for termites to detect. Termites will come into contact with non-repellents and then share it with the rest of the colony members.
How to Choose Subterranean Termite Treatment for your Home
- This particular treatment involves soil application in termite entry points. For treatment in homes, this will require drilling holes into wall structures in order to repel termite dwellings. This particular procedure only tackles areas where termites may come into direct contact.
- Unlike repellent termiticides, non-repellent termiticides are undetectable in soil by termites. Therefore, they crawl into the treatment zone and come into contact with the treated areas.
Types of Termite Treatment
- This type of treatment is the most common treatment involving subterranean termites. This method involves treating the soil on foundation walls and structures on and around the property. Some drilling may also be required in this treatment.
Exterior Perimeter Plus Localized Interior Treatment
- This type of treatment involves treating the soil surrounding the exterior walls of the foundation. This way, termites come into contact with the treatment before they enter the property.
What Type of Termite Treatment Plan Is Right for Me?
- It is essential to have a specialized trained pest technician to inspect and assess your home. A thorough inspection can determine the right treatment and the efficacy over time. Before you make a decision, please check with your specialist and also state and local regulations for termite treatments.
- This is a new type of method in treatment that kills termites with low dosages. The ingredients, imidacloprid and fipronil are the active ingredients in the pesticide, but are less harmful to humans and animals. The pesticide will be undetectable to termites for 24 to 48 hours, but by that point, the effects of the treatment will be irreversible to the termite colony.
Alternatives to Fumigation
Vikane® gas fumigation is widely the popular choice in termite treatment. However, there are also two other options for treatment with spot treatment and heat treatment.
Spot treatment requires placing the treatment directly into contact with the termites. This method requires direct drilling into walls and wood where potential termite dwellings occur. Then the holes are patched up upon placement of the treatment product.
The effectiveness of this method varies as it is sometimes unpredictable to assess how many termites come into contact with the product. An example product is Orange Oil. This oil’s properties may stain paint and leave residue. Also, the smell may permeate within the area to people nearby.
Heat treatment causes great discomfort to termites for survival and reproduction. The heated areas of treatment are sealed off for a period of four to six hours. Temperatures may range from 120-160 degrees. It is important to properly assess prior to heat treatment for structural beams that will be qualified to support such temperature changes.
Challenges to this treatment will be heat applied on concrete or tiled areas where potential termites may be dwelling in. Additionally, it is essential to assess the area for potential electrical and flammable household items that may come into contact with extreme heat. Heat can damage household items and electronic equipment.
How Termite Wood Damage can be Repaired
There are two ways to repair this damage. Wood damaged sections need to be completely replaced or wood supports need to be added onto sectioned areas. If it is only surface damage, then wood replacement may not be necessary.