Getting Rid of Termites in House
If they are given the chance, termites can bring a lot f destruction to a home. With this guide, you can find cost-effective solutions to a termite problem and eradicate them forever. This is how to get rid of termites.
What are they?
First of all, what are termites? Termites are a kind of colony pest that has five different types. These pests eat cellulose and this means every house is susceptible to a termite attack. They can show up in any wood structure or plant without any prior sign of their presence. This pest is built to be tough and tear down cellulose, but they can also feed on softer materials like books. You may find these types of termites in your house
- Drywood termites
- Conehead termites
- Subterranean termites
- Dampwood termites
- Formosan termites
Any of the above-mentioned termites can be found in your house no matter where it is located. Subterranean termites are located outdoor, and they like to create mounds and extensive network of tunnels on the property. You will find a lot of dry wood termites in house because of the amount of edible dry wood there. Termites are a threat for every time of year, so it is very wise to have a plan to deal with termites all year round. Any colony of termites in your house will take little time to cause significant damage.
Indication of termites
One of the most typical indications that you have termites is noticing winged insects trying to get out of the house. These stray termites are away from the colony and might be found around doors or windows. You might also find winged termites early in the Spring.
However, you don’t have to wait until Springtime to see that you have termites. There are some signs that suggest the presence of termites in house. You might be led right to the colony by checking for these signs.
- Hollow sounding solid wood: termites usually attack just the interior or cellulose and end up carving solid wood into hollow structures. If you tap on solid wood ant it has an echo left by little vibrations, termites have been through there.
- Cracked or bubbled paint: termites begin eating at structures from the inside. The more critical their activities become, the more it will begin to show on the surface in the form of bubbling or cracked painted surfaces.
- Mud tubes outdoors: wasp and hornet tubes look different from the tubes made by termites. Wasps and hornets will usually stay in one location while termites burrow mud tunnels along wood beams, outside walls, and crawl spaces.
If Summer has arrived and you can still see wings spread all around odd places, termites might just be around. If you plan to recover from infestation, you have to eradicate these termites completely.
The firsts step to take when you want to kill termites is to remove their most reachable source of food. Lumber, wood and even paper remains around the foundation of the house can become the home to a termite colony and so homeowners must remove these materials. Any firewood, limber or plant-based wood near the house should be removed.
To infest inside the house, termites will require an entryway. Because of this, you must ensure screens are in place on every vent and window so termites don’t find their way into your home. Fencing, decking and other wooden structures in your house should be examined on a regular basis so that immediate action can be taken on termites if they are found.
There are different non-chemical and chemical solutions that can be made at home for removing whole termite colonies.
One of the typical non-chemical solutions used is a barrier around the home, usually installed when a building is going on. This can still be installed after the building is up and functioning. This is usually waterproof. Sandy soil also serves as a barrier for termites. They find it hard to move through it so you can place it all around the foundation of the house. Some nematodes and fungi are also well-known to exterminate termites.
For chemical solutions, you can purchase approved solutions from expert exterminators, your local hardware store or online. The most typical of these chemical solutions for termites will be the use of poisonous bait. The bait is set around the home of the colony, they eat it and die off eventually. Wood treatments, liquid pesticides and building materials saturated with pesticide are other options. Always follow instructions when using chemicals to exterminate termites and all other pests.
The cost of termite treatment
A number of termites and the size of the colony will determine just how much you spend in the extermination process. The cost of dealing with termites will be different in different communities. When I found termites in my kitchen, I spent more money getting rid of them than one of my colleagues did at the same time. The only difference was we lived in different areas. Some professional offer monthly termite extermination packages which go for about $480 a year which is $40 every month. If the infestation is very serious, you might need weekly treatment which increases that amount 3 to 4 times. You can receive a one-off home treatment from $20 to $100 depending on where you live. You might also need to repeat this process more than once a year.
When you make use of preventative methods like using sand around the foundation of the house, using screens and removing their source of food, you should also make sure the plumbing works well throughout the hose. Fix any leaky pipes and fixtures. If it often rains around your home, make sure water doesn’t pool anywhere. Also, clean your clogged gutter system and make sure it doesn’t cause pooling. It is also important to have correct air flowing through your house.