There are several ways to control and prevent termite activity in your home, but the most effective method is often trial and error. Start by identifying their signs – holes in the ground created by moles, feces pellets or excreted egg cases – and keep track of what you do to stop them. Once you know what works, use it regularly to eliminate any potential termite problems.
Termite Activity Levels
- Seal all cracks and openings in the foundation and exterior walls of your home. This prevents termites from entering your home through small openings.
- Inspect your home for signs of infestation (e.g., mud piles, droppings, tunnels). Use a flashlight to look for telltale signs of termite activity.
- Restrict access to woodpiles by surrounding them with a durable barrier (e.g., wire mesh, metal fencing). Do not use tree limbs or other objects as barriers; they may not be strong enough to keep the termites out and may allow other pests access to the wood pile.
- Dry out wet areas (such as around sinks and water heaters) by covering them with plastic sheeting or tarpaulins; this will prevent termites from building nests near these areas.
- Seal any openings in the home’s chimney with metal flashing or a closure cap, and clean the flue regularly to prevent termites from entering the home.
Identifying the Termite Source
A good way to identify the source of a potential termitic infestation is to start by assessing the conditions that allowed the pests to enter in the first place. This can include looking at factors such as missing or broken screens and vents, gaps around doors and windows, and areas where insulation or drywall has come loose. Once you know where the pests are coming from, it’s easier to figure out how to control them.
Another common method for controlling termites activity is using exclusion barriers. These barriers are made up of pieces of fabric or metal that are attached to building walls and floors and closed off at either end. They prevent the pests from entering an area, which can help stop them from spreading their infestation. Exclusion barriers can be expensive to install, but they are often effective in controlling termites activity.
Treating Termite Infestations
Treating a termite infestation can be a daunting task, but with the right tools and techniques, you can minimize the damage and get your home back to normal as quickly as possible. Here are some tips for controlling termite activity:
- Make sure you have a proper termite inspection and diagnosis before treating an infestation. If you find out you have termites, contact a professional to prevent further damage.
- Keep your termite control program up-to-date. Be sure to check for new information on the subject, including new treatments and guidelines.
- Use a combination of treatments to get the most effective results. Termites are attracted to sugar so use baits or treatments that contain sugar as one component. Other effective treatments include liquid nitrogen and heat.
- Prevent future infestations by following these tips: keep your home clean; seal any cracks or openings around the foundation; install weather-proofing in your roof and walls; install attic ventilation systems; and keep your yards tidy and free of debris.
Monitoring and Maintaining Termite Control
There are a few effective methods of monitoring and maintaining control over termite activity. One method is to use pheromone traps. These traps emit a scent that Termites follow back to the trap, allowing you to monitor their movements. Another method is to use baiting stations. This involves placing food items near the entrance of the colony so that the Termites will scavenge and feed on them.
First, be sure to seal all cracks and openings around your home so that they cannot enter (this includes below grade areas). Second, use a barrier treatment like Termidor SC on any wood surfaces where termites may be nesting. Finally, have a licensed pest control professional inspect your home for signs of termite activity and treat any issues that may need addressing.