Most homeowners know very little about whether or not termite treatments have been performed properly. There are basically two choices of treatment - chemical treatment and bait systems. Some homeowners may choose to have both. Below you will find some general information and links to help you make an informed decision regarding chemical treatments vs. bait systems.
To protect your rights, keep all of your termite treatment and inspection records. In addition, if you are a Florida homeowner, your termite company is required to place a treatment sticker on your electrical box or near your attic access. If a sticker has not been posted, call your company and ask to have one posted. If they fail to do so, consider reporting the violation to the Department of Agriculture.
Termiticides, a liquid pesticide, have been used in the past as the standard method of termite control. The purpose of this method is to provide a continuous chemical barrier around the home preventing termites from penetrating the treated soil where the termites are either repelled or killed. Effective treatment usually requires heavy equipment, substantial labor time and a large volume of chemical. A typical barrier treatment may involve hundreds of gallons of chemicals.
The articles below discuss the most effective chemical treatments being used today. Whether you are building a home or having an existing home treated, be sure to request the best chemical at the highest labeled rate.
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Termite food, wood or paper, is put in a tube and inserted below the ground at 10-15 foot intervals around the home. The station is monitored on average once a month. If termites are found, a slow acting poison is placed in the tube and trailed to the colony. The goal of the bait system is to entice termites to feed on the poison, therefore, destroying the colony. The more bait stations installed, the better the chances are of locating termites. Bait systems require patience and persistent monitoring.
The articles below discuss the advantages and disadvantages of chemical treatment versus bait systems.
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1) Trusting your termite company to use the best chemical. There are many different chemicals that can be used to treat subterranean termites. Some chemicals repel termites while other chemicals kill termites. Be sure to request that your company use the best chemical. A non-repellant that kills termites is best.
2) Assuming your termite company will use the proper volume of chemical. Most termite companies allow their technicians to determine the proper amount of chemical to use on your house. Technicians may use insufficient amounts of chemical and fail to establish a continuous barrier. To insure that your termite company has used the minimum amount of chemical, see the label instructions.
3) Believing that your company will check all of the bait stations consistently. For the bait systems to be effective, all of the bait stations must be monitored periodically. To insure all of the bait stations are monitored, follow the technician as he checks each station and keep a record of all bait station inspections. If a company fails to inspect the stations, call or write your pest control company immediately.