Termite Treatment Vs. Pest Control
Pest Control Services and Termite Control Services: The Differences
Technicians that work for a typical pest control company do not usually have specialized training; they do not require it. All they are required to know is what type of pest you have and where they have to target the pesticides. They quickly get trained up when a company employs them, and do not require specialized training. The treatment will be a standard chemical and all the technician has to do is to spray the correct pesticides into the exact location.
Termites, however, need to be found via know-how, an understanding of their behavior and hard work! A termite pest control technician must know exactly how to reach the termites to annihilate them. This can include digging deep into the ground, positioning baits, drilling through various materials and more.
The process can be cumbersome as you need to identify the type of termite, its location and how urgent the infestation is. This process requires training and a set of skills to get it right. If the treatment is applied incorrectly then it is worthless. It will not rid your home or property of every termite, and it will not prevent other termites from replacing those killed. In all honesty if you do not employ a specific termite pest control company, you may as well be throwing your money away.
Short Term Vs. Long Term Solutions
Termite treatment concentrates on providing long term solutions; they target the elimination of the termites that are already in and around your home, so all you will have to do is to prevent these termites from getting back into your home.
Sometimes a trench will be dug round your house so that the perimeter barrier can be developed to keep the termites out. Be sure to secure follow up appointments in order to be sure the termites have been completely removed.
How to Identify Termites
- Wings are sometimes not alike in shape and size.
- Antennae that are “elbowed” or bent.
- Bodies have a thin midsection.
- Wings are almost similar in shape and size.
- Antennae are straight, beadlike and curved
- Thicker midsections.
These termites will look like ants; termites have wings that are either more or less equal in size, a thick waist, and straight antennae. Other signs might include shelter tunnels or tubes that are made up of mud that can sometimes be found in walls, piers, chimneys, plumbing, joists and other features of your home. Subterranean termites can give themselves away by moving away from where they are presently infesting by leaving cracked soil, wood that is hollow inside, blistered wood, and general damage to wood due to being eaten.
Termite Control Methods
Liquid Termite Control Termiticide
Making use of a liquid to kill termites is one of the old ways of managing them. It is among the fastest; these liquid control methods introduce a barrier round the home using chemicals which stops termites from entering. An expert pest professional should be called upon to apply this method. The main issue with chemical treatment is that the chemicals stay in the ground around your house for an extended period. There are two types of pesticides, namely:
Repellent: This forms a barrier that prevents the termites from entering.
Non-repellent: This eradicates the pest.
The liquid choice is cheaper and quicker than every other termite control method.
Termite Baits Traps
Bait traps can come in either liquid or food form. You place the bait trap inside the ground (sometimes in a plastic stake) at different locations on your property. Some of the traps, if a professional termite control company does it will be filled with wood. These traps are used as a way of showing them if termites are entering the traps. Once you get a positive response then the wood will be substituted with poison.
Wood Treatment Borate
Borate is a chemical that is commonly used in killing termites, but it is not as effective when it is applied to the wood directly. Sadly, if you find termite damage around your home after it is built, then the treatment is ineffective. Borate is not a total waste of time though as you will be able to apply it to every other surface in your home where wood is exposed.
You will not be able to use borate treatment to remove an entire colony. This chemical is effective since termites are not able to digest the wood they are consuming. Protozoa, which is in their digestive system, acts to break down the wood they eat into nutrients, butborate destroys the protozoa and thus essential starves them to death.
Pest Control Methods
Pests can be removed — or at least reduced in numbers — by simply following good cleaning practices. People need to throw trash in the bin, keep benches, lawns, cupboards, floors, and other household items clean and remove every single instance of stagnant water, wherever it be. Listed below are five different types of approaches that can assist you in your battle against unwanted pests:
It is important to identify the kind of pest that you are dealing with and to understand their lifecycle. Only then you can develop strategies that can be used to manage them. Make no mistake when identifying a particular pest, this will save money and time on approaches that will not work.
Organic Pest Control Method
When it comes to limiting the harm that is caused by insects and other small animals, more and more people are using natural methods that take aim solely at the pest, and not methods that destroy other plants or animals in the process.
Potent and effective predator traps and baits can be used to rid your life of the pest. Sodium fluoroacetate (FCH2CO2Na) is one of many biodegradable poisons that is combined with bait to kill a wide range of pests. It is the most cost-effective means of pest control, especially in difficult terrain. Parasitic nematodes, insecticidal soap, oil spray, and others are also useful for pest control.
This technique is primarily used in greenhouses but can be done outdoors too. To manage pests biologically their natural enemies, such as parasites, predators and pathogens are introduced so as to interfere with a pests’ ability to grow, breed or live.
Certain beneficial insects will eat the larvae of the pest thereby reducing their numbers. This means a safe environment for your family, your plants and natural wildlife, compared to the potential risk of pesticides. Nevertheless, the success of the process solely depends on the specific use of suitable species under proper conditions.
There are so many chemical pesticides presently used in homes, stores, offices, farms and many other places. Pesticides are dangerous, and they can contaminate the water, air, land, and food.
Pesticides are available in aerosol, solid and liquid form; they are grouped according to the kind of pest they are designed to kill. Insecticide are used to kill insects, bactericides are used for bacteria and herbicides are used for unwanted plants.
Pests will die through ingesting pesticides, through either eating them or directly through their body’s surfaces. Before spraying always be sure you read the instructions on the label carefully, then read them again, and avoid contaminating water, drinks, food, plates and cooking utensils and other essential household items.
Very few pests will live, breed and spread in clean homes.. Manage pests in your home — or office — through good cleaning practices and hygiene. Always clean up immediately after your meals, carefully throw away any leftovers and residue. Wash and dry the dishes immediately after using them, keep every item such as stoves, ovens, cupboards, floors and other household surfaces and items spotless.
Always keep your food inside a lid fitted container, flush your toilet immediately after use, seal every septic tank, clean and cover drains and holes around pipes, be certain that people in your community are also disposing of their trash properly, burying it regularly and recycling it. Clear weeds and debris from gardens and use fresh mulch and natural fertilizer.
If you desire a pest-free residence, sustaining a clean and healthy lifestyle will go a long way to achieving this, and in the long run may even save money, time and stress because the use of pesticides should be the very last option taken.