Termite Treatment in Texas

Three popular termite treatment systems in use in Texas are the traditional barrier system, the bait system, and the nonrepelling barrier system. Each system has its advantages and disadvantages. Ask your trained pest control professional which system is best for your particular home.

Traditional barrier system. The traditional repelling barrier system places a chemical barrier in the soil near every potential entry point into the house. These chemicals create a barrier that termites will have difficulty penetrating. The barrier chemicals used today are less durable than Chlordane, a popular chemical that was banned by the EPA in the 1980s. Today’s chemicals must be reapplied every few years for continued protection.

Bait system. The bait system strategically places a series of bait stations in the soil around the perimeter of the house. The intention is for a termite to find the bait and take the active ingredient back to the colony, and the colony is either eliminated or substantially reduced.

Nonrepelling barrier system. The nonrepelling barrier system is similar to a traditional barrier system, except that the active ingredient used is not a repellent. The termites cannot detect the active ingredient and inadvertently bring it back to the colony, where it can either eliminate or substantially reduce the colony.

When comparing proposals for termite work from different companies, make sure you get the details in writing and read the fine print. A detailed proposal should be specific in the scope of work. It should outline what chemical will be used, including the amount and concentration. It should also specifically detail the areas in which the chemicals will be applied. If one company proposes to do much more work than another company, a higher price might be a better value.