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Termites are one of the costliest pests in the world, causing millions of dollars worth of property damage to homes and businesses before professional termite control is sought. Termites never sleep and can eat round-the-clock, 24 hours a day, virtually undetected until you notice the spongy floors and damage to decks, joists and wood beams or other signs of termite damage.
Once a termite infestation is established, they can be hard to get rid of. Homeowners are often tempted to try and get rid of termites with DIY methods, but miss a few termites - or the termite queen - can you’ll have another infestation on your hands in no time.
There are two species of termites that most residents and property owners need to concern themselves with:
Subterranean termites - These termites are common in North America, particularly in California and other Western states. Subterranean termites create mud tubes and build tunnels along walls and foundations to get into the wood to keep themselves moist. Subterranean termites live underground and cannot survive in the open, thus they keep themselves sheltered from the elements using mud.
Drywood termites - These termites live above ground and can eat nearly any kind of wood. Drywood termites have a taste for drier wood (hence their name). A drywood termite infestation is often harder to locate as they do not leave behind telltale mud tubes, many times infestations are not noticed until damage is done to floors, woodens structures, joists and other areas of the property.
The best way to get rid of termites is to call in pest control professionals who can provide the most effective treatment options to completely eliminate termites and offer comprehensive recommendations to prevent recurring or returning infestations.
There are, however, a number of things you can do to try and get rid of termites yourself. Of course, DIY methods are often unreliable and none of these are guaranteed to work - and may be dangerous if chemicals are not used properly.
Over the counter treatments - There are numerous over-the-counter treatments available on the market. Ask your local store manager which they would recommend, or research one online. Please be careful as these treatment often contain harsh chemicals which can be dangerous to people, pets and plants. Use them according to directions.
Cardboard traps - Not a method to get rid of an entire termite infestation, but stacking 4 -5 pieces of wet, flat, cardboard on top of each other and placing them near suspected activity will attract termites. Termites feed on cellulose (cardboard) and if you have a termite infestation, you will soon see hundreds of them on the trap - you can then remove the entire stack, termites and all, and burn them.
Beneficial nematodes - Nematodes are tiny, microscopic worms that use insects such as garden pests and termites to breed. They are parasitic and will use termite larvae as hosts, burrowing into them and eventually killing them by disintegrating the termite from the inside out. Garden supply stores often stock these.
Sunlight on wood - If it is wood furniture which is infested with termites, put them out in the sun. Termites are sensitive to sunlight and heat and infestations can be eliminated in direct sunlight.
It takes a keen eye and expert knowledge to fully locate every part of a termite infestation and remove it. Only attempt the above DIY termite removal methods if you feel confident in thoroughly removing the entire colony and take the necessary steps to prevent a return infestation. Otherwise, contact the Western Exterminator professionals for a complete peace of mind.
The costs of termite removal varies depending on individual circumstances. Termite infestations differ case to case; the size of the infestation, the types of termite, the square footage of the property, whether the property is used for commercial or residential purposes all come into play. Additionally, more severe termite infestations may require return visits and follow-up treatments.
The first step in determining the cost of termite extermination is fully understanding the problem. If you have noticed signs of termites on your property, schedule a termite inspection. The sooner Western Exterminator experts can get out to your property, the more money you can save on costly damage repairs.
Since 1921, Western Exterminator have been eliminating termites from homes and businesses. We offer the same local, highly-trained pest control professionals who put our customers first as we have from the start.
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