A drywood termite acts similar to a parasite. It actually lives upon the food source. These termites can live inside wooden furniture or behind walls on the wood studs. Unfortunately, these types of termites often create a lot of damage. It is possible to detect them by the sawdust or feces left behind when they go on a feeding craze.
The subterranean termite is much more prevalent. This termite prefers wet and loose mud as a home base. The termites will create numerous tunnels throughout the mud in order to get to food sources. A crack in a home’s foundation is a perfect spot for this type of termite to enter and then begin feasting on any damp wood areas of the home.
Getting rid of termites is usually done through one of two methods. The first method is the use of liquids and the second method is through baits.
Using a liquid, also known as a repellent, a trained professional will spray the exterior sections of the home in order to create a barrier to future termites and to destroy the current insects almost immediately. This method requires a professional to properly apply the chemical since these items can be harmful to health. However, they do not always get all of the termites with this method.
The second method involves a baiting system. Monitoring stations are placed in strategic points around the property. A technician will review the stations periodically to see if any termites have shown up. If termites do turn up, then pesticide baits are place in the stations. The bait will be picked up by the termites and spread throughout the entire colony, effectively killing all of them.
Using a bait system is effective, but it usually takes months to work completely. The termites will not find the bait immediately and even if they find it quickly it will take some time for the pesticide to reach the entire colony.
If a home is currently fighting a large infestation of termites it may be necessary for a technician to drill holes into walls, ceilings and floors in order to apply chemicals that will act quickly to kill off the pesticides. That is why so many experts recommend getting regular inspections and staying current with a termite protection plan.
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