Termites cost billions of dollars worth structural damage in the USA every year. They are a commonly occurring pest in households in Phoenix, Arizona. There are many methods to treat termites, both chemical and non-chemical, which also prevent future infestation, each effective in its own capacity. Most pest control companies use a combination of these methods which has proven to be more effective than using a single method on its own.
Pesticides/Termiticides are considered the most foolproof way of getting rid of termites. The chemicals present in them kill, retard growth, and through a number of other mechanisms, treat termite infestations which results in their eradication.
If you are planning to go for a do-it-yourself approach, you must first make sure that you have all the protective gear in place. The best approach is to first assess the extent and type of the damage and then make sure that you are very thorough with the chemical treatment. A better way would be to hire professional help to save you from going through all this trouble as well as ensuring that the problem has been effectively dealt with and prevented from occurring in future.
Other Chemicals like Boric Acid are a common household remedy to kill or prevent termite infestation. There are also chemicals that are sprayed against the wood during construction, for a proactive approach to prevent termite infestation.
Non chemical methods that are used for termites’ treatment include Microwave Spot treatment, exposing effected furniture to Sunlight, cardboard traps (since termites feed on cellulose a cardboard stack will attract them and when you feel there’s been a proper infestation within the trap, you can remove and dispose it off).
Physical barriers like stainless steel mesh that is wrapped all around the pipes and foundations to prevent termite infestation, sand barriers and baiting systems are few of the methods that are used.
Since there is a high likelihood with termites that they may return, nowadays, a combination of both chemical and physical barrier methods is used to prevent that. Each method on its own hasn’t been proven to be 100 percent effective in all situations. Methods like trenching and soil rodding around the foundation and then using pesticide to reach these spaces forms a dual action barrier that both prevents as well as kills these pests in case of a likely attack. Using foaming formulations for voids is also an example of physical plus chemical barriers.
The key is to use an approach that is best suited to your situation. If the infestation is only over a small area, there is no need to use very aggressive methods. If you’re planning on fumigating your place on your own, you must be careful with the amount to use as too much pesticide may cause health hazards, and too little may not get rid of your problem. One would be well-advised to ask the experts to take the problem off your hands. Pest control companies with prior experience know the exact dos and don’ts of such situations and are fully equipped to deal with infestations of any size and scale efficiently.