If your home has a termite infestation, understand that time is of the essence. Termites are one of the most destructive household pests, because they can cause structural damage to your property by munching away at anything made of wood. These insects live in discrete colonies, which cause billions of dollars worth of damage to homes across the United States each year.
The Truth About Termite Infestations
It is important for homeowners to be educated on termite treatment methods, given that many over-the-counter options promise tempting quick fixes. These at-home solutions may initially seem effective, but actually do little to truly eradicate the colony, most of which is hiding out of plain sight.
The promises of household insecticides do not tell the full story of what it really takes to remove and prevent termites. Comprehensive pest control management requires professional expertise, equipment, and experience, which will ultimately save you time and money in the long term.
Termites come in different types—drywood, dampwood, and subterranean, to name a few—and each type requires different methods.
Inspecting, removing, and preventing pests is all about fighting the perfect storm, which may involve natural treatment, chemical treatment, tent fumigation, spot treatment, and soil treatment.
How Essential Oils Kill Termites
Orange oil is one of the most popular organic termite solutions—its active ingredient, d-limonene, dissolves the exoskeleton and eggs of the insect upon contact. Plant-based treatments are eco-friendly and can be highly effective for localized treatments of drywood termites, however they may not be powerful enough to fight an infestation throughout the entire home.
How Tent Fumigation Works
Tent fumigation is the most thorough method of treating the entire home, which is why Natural Science Exterminating will only recommend it when localized treatments or natural treatments are not an option. Your home will be encased within a tent to fill every nook and cranny with a gas that will kill even the most well-hidden termites.
Plants, food, animals, and humans will need to be vacated from the property for a designated waiting period during and after the treatment.
How Bora-Care Prevents Termites
Tent fumigation alone will not prevent termites from re-entering the home. Therefore, Bora-Care is recommended alongside tent fumigation to prevent termites from targeting the wood as a food source.
Bora-Care termiticide is an odorless, low-toxicity treatment that is a highly trusted pest control solution. Bora-Care contains borate mineral salt and penetrates the wood to last the lifetime of the wood. Bora-Care should be applied during pre-construction or when carpentry services are performed to repair or replace wood that has been damaged by termites.
How Subterranean Colonies Are Killed
Tent fumigation and orange oil are effective on termites above ground, but these solutions alone are usually not effective on subterranean termites, which require specialized treatments for the termites underneath the home and in the soil.
Soil treatments involve injecting the soil with liquid insecticide, which is best performed by an exterminator who is qualified to treat the soil without causing contamination to various vents, ducts, and openings.
Subterranean termites infest the foundation of the home. Drilling into the concrete or wood of the foundation may be required to treat subterranean termites.
If you have a pest problem, do not hesitate to call us to speak to our Orange County pest control professionals. We safely and effectively treat even the most difficult types of termites so that you can live in your home with peace of mind.
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