Termites and Treatment
The food source for most termite colonies is wood, so
unprotected homes are an attractive snack. A handful of traditional
factors contribute to termite infestations.
Wood-to-earth contact. Termites usually take the easiest path possible to obtain a
meal. Since termites live in the ground and eat wood, if the wood of a
home is touching the ground, that home becomes an easy meal.
Poor ventilation. Because
termites need moisture to survive, they are drawn to damp, unventilated
crawl spaces. To maintain an inhospitable environment, homeowners should keep crawl spaces dry.
Debris in crawl space. Storing wood on the ground in a crawl space attracts termites. Keep crawl spaces free of cellulose materials.
Leaks, flooding, and standing water. Poor gutters, poor landscaping and inadequate waterproofing can cause water in a crawl space or near the home.
Three popular termite treatment systems in use 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 repelling barrier system. The barrier system places a chemical barrier between the ground and every potential entry point into the house.
Bait system. The bait
system strategically places a series of baits around the house. The
bait system is relatively new to the pest control market, and
its success depends on the termites finding the bait before finding and
damaging the house. Once termite activity in the bait is observed, the
exterminator replaces the bait with an active ingredient. The
termite brings the ingredient back to the colony, and the colony is
eliminated or substantially reduced.
Nonrepelling barrier system. The nonrepelling barrier system is similar to a traditional barrier
system, but the active ingredient is not a repellent. The termites
cannot detect the active ingredient and thus bring it back to the
colony, where it either eliminates or substantially reduces the colony.