Most termite treatment services today offer a wide variety of options to homeowners. The kinds of treatments you require depend, first of all, on whether you actually have a termite colony currently in residence. Just because you don’t have an infestation doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be seeking treatment, but that treatment will be preventative rather than remedial.
Preventative termite treatments include blocking up potential access points to your home and setting up barriers. A barrier could be chemical in nature, or it could be physical. For instance, sand is a common termite barrier, since termites aren’t able to burrow through sand. Chemical barriers repel and kill all termites who try to get close.
Termite extermination usually involves two steps: setting bait and spraying poison. Sometimes the bait is used by itself; poisoned food is set in some point near the termites where they are likely to find it. They carry it back to the colony, and it kills all termites that are exposed to it. This is considered a long term termite solution. Spraying poison around the foundation of a house and other places works quickly to kill as many termites as possible.
Modern technology has yielded two other sorts of treatments. The cutting edge of termite eradication is the use of infrared sensors to accurate detect not only if you have termites, but where exactly they are. A non-invasive, non-toxic treatment is the microwave termite treatment, where sections of your walls or rafters can be systematically heated via microwave technology until all the termites are dead. It’s very quick and very effective.
If you are interested in only organic, natural or non-toxic treatments, most organizations providing home pest control will have those options available. Talk to your local specialist to decide the treatment that’s right for your budget and home.