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How to get rid of termites

Termites are one of the costliest pests around the world, causing millions of dollars worth of property damage to homes and businesses. Termites never sleep and they can eat 24-hours a day, won’t get tired and never get full. That means that a termite infestation in and around your home can lead to costly repair damage to decks, joists, wood beams and other wooden structures.

Once you have a termite infestation, they can be hard to get rid of. Missing only a few termites, including the queen, can result in another infestation in a different part of the house.

Your best bet for getting rid of termites is to contact your Western Exterminator termite control specialist for treatment options.

Types of termites

There are two species of termites that most residents and property owners need to concern themselves about:

Subterranean Termites - these are common termites around the world and North America. In fact, the Western Subterranean Termite is common in California and other Western states. These termites create mud tubes and build tunnels along walls and foundations to get at the wood to keep themselves moist. Subterranean termites live underground and must keep themselves sheltered from the elements using mud.

Drywood Termites - these termites do not live underground and can eat nearly any kind of wood. Drywood termites actually have a taste for drier wood (hence their name). n infestation is often harder to find with drywood termites because they don’t leave behind the telltale mud tubes. Many times you may not realize you have drywood termites until you find the damage to floors, wooden structures, floor joists and other areas of the home.

Termite treatment options

Once an infestation of termites occurs , you have to get rid of them quickly. If you try to take care of termites on your own, you run the risk of termite swarmers moving the nest to another part of your property and causing more damage. Western Exterminator termite control specialists have a number of ways to get rid of termites once and for all. These include:

Termite bait and monitoring stations - these are devices placed discreetly around your property that use a bait that attract termites. Inside the stations there is a chemical treatment that will eliminate the termite nest. The stations are placed in the ground to provide termite specialists with signs of a possible new infestation so that treatments can be recommended. Baiting and monitoring stations are used most effective with subterranean termites.

Fumigation - to eliminate termites at all life cycle stages it is often recommended that fumigation be used. This involves taking very special and specific safety precautions, covering the home in a fumigation tent and using chemicals that will seep into wood and eliminate the termite nest. Fumigation is a very specific and specialized treatment that takes special tools and skills that can only be done by certified professionals.

Spot Treatments - spot treatments are usually done as a follow up when our highly trained specialists conduct inspections to ensure the entire infestation has been removed. This treatment may involve drilling into wooden structures to add the chemical treatments and use of tools that allow termite control professionals to see into the wood and eliminate the infestation.

How do you get rid of termites?

The best way to get rid of termites is to call professionals who can provide the most effective treatment that will completely remove an existing infestation and offer methods and solutions to stop a return visit. However, there are things you can do to try and get rid of termites on your own. Of course, none of these are guaranteed to work and can be dangerous if used improperly:

  1. Over the counter treatments - there are numerous over-the-counter treatments on the market. You can ask your local store manager which one they recommend or use online recommendations. Be careful, these will usually contain harsh chemicals that can be dangerous to pets, people and plants. Use them according to directions.
  2. 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 where you think termites might be active, will attract them. They feed on cellulose, which is what cardboard is made of. If you have termites, you will soon see hundreds of them  on the cardboard and you can remove the entire stack, termites and all, and burn them.
  3. Beneficial nematodes - nematodes are tiny, microscopic worms that use insects such as garden pests and termites to breed. The are parasitic and will use termite larvae as hosts, burrowing into them. Garden supply stores often have these.
  4. Sunlight on wood - it may not be your walls or flooring that is infested with termites. They can also infest certain types of wood furniture. Termites are sensitive to heat and sunlight and moving that piece of furniture into direct sunlight can destroy the infestation.

It takes a keen eye and knowledge to find every part of a termite infestation and remove it. If even a couple of termites are missed, they can start a new colony. So, try these DIY termite removal methods only if you feel you can successfully remove the entire nest and can then take steps to prevent a return infestation. If not, contact Western Exterminator for professional termite removal.

How to prevent termites

The best way to get rid of termites is really to make sure your home is not a place where termites will want to be. Here are some very simple termite prevention methods to consider:

  1. Keep your wood floors clean and dry - termites love dampness and some species of termites need dampness to survive.
  2. Do regular inspections - make sure you look for mud tubes on the side of your house and in the basement. Focus on floor joists and wooden furniture. Termites can also build their mud tubes and nests in attics.
  3. Seal up the house - make sure that termites cannot gain access to the wood skeleton of your home. Seal up cracks in siding and rooftops. Look for access points in the foundation, too, and make sure they are sealed up tight.
  4. Remove wood - do not keep stacks of wood up against your home. Keep it away from the house. Also, remove old, rotted, damp logs and tree trunks, so termites don’t build their nests there.

If you suspect that termites have already set up their nests and may be causing damage, contact Western Exterminator termite control specialists right away.

Western Exterminator termite treatment services

Termites are pests that Western Exterminator specialists have been helping eliminate for businesses and homes for decades now. We are the reliable specialists and highly trained pros that will remove termite nests and offer protection services that will prevent a return.

Contact your local Western Exterminator termite control specialist today and get a property inspection arranged.


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