How Do Termite Treatments Work?
If you suspect there are termites on your property, you might be curious about few things. How do termite treatments work? Are certain termite products better than others? How much will it cost to get rid of the termites on your property? Do you need to hire a pest control company to handle it? Never fear – keep reading to learn everything you need to know about how termite treatments work.
What are your options for termite treatments?
There are essentially two kinds of post construction termite treatments:
- Liquid soil treatments (where the soil receives a treatment of termiticide)
- Termite baiting systems
Liquid soil treatments, with repellant termiticides
Liquid soil treatments may utilize either repellant or non-repellant termiticides. Repellant termiticides make the treated area unappealing to termites. This repellant encourages them to continue looking elsewhere for new territory or food sources. Termites move in another direction when they enter a zone with repellant; hopefully away from the treated structure. All potential entry points to the structure often require copious amounts of termiticide when using repellant products. As one might imagine, repellant termiticide treatments often leave the structure extremely vulnerable to termite infestation. This vulnerability is due to termites being able to identify the smallest of gaps in the treated soil and thus gain access to the “protected structure”. And after all that, studies show that repellant products have little effect on termites that are already in the home as these termites may be trapped inside the home by the repellant application made to the soil surrounding the structure.
Liquid soil treatments, with non-repellant termiticides
Liquid treatments featuring non-repellent termiticides like Termidor are a far better choice than those where a repellant is used. They are also preferred over treatments executed with a repellant termiticide by virtually all pest control professionals. Instead of driving termites away, non-repellent termiticides are not detected by termites as they forage through the soil searching for new food sources. This means termites continue to inhabit and occupy the treatment zone, and, by doing so, come into contact with and ingest the non-repellant termiticide applied to the soil. Worker termites that come into contact with these non-repellant termiticides unknowingly “infect” other termites by feeding and grooming them. Termidor describes this domino phenomenon as the “transfer effect”. Termidor’s unique transfer effect rips through, and ultimately destroys, the termite colony by taking advantage of the unique non-repellant characteristics of Termidor and the termite’s own biology.
Termite baiting systems
Termite baiting systems and traditional liquid termiticide termite treatments work differently. A termite baiting system is a green approach to termite control. Where liquid treatments regularly require hundreds of gallons of termiticide to be applied to the soil, termite baiting systems utilize mere grams of active ingredient to protect your structure from termites. When a termite baiting system is installed on your property, termite bait stations will be placed in the ground around the footprint of your home in roughly 10 foot intervals. Like liquid termiticides, there are many different kinds of termite baiting systems. It’s important to choose a termite baiting system that exhibits proven termite colony elimination. Many outdated termite baiting systems contain no active termite bait when the system is installed. And when bait is introduced into these dated systems, the bait used only kills those termites that feed directly on the bait.
Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System
The Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System with Always Active Technology, unlike other dated termite baiting systems, utilizes the latest technology in the termite baiting system realm. The Sentricon System with Always Active Technology is the only baiting system that contains active termite bait in every station from the first day of installation with more than 60 scientific studies documenting colony elimination! Termites feed on the bait found in Sentrion (which they prefer more than wood!). This active ingredient prevents termites from molting. Termites and their queen die when the termites cannot molt. This helps in the elimination of the colony. Immediately after installation, the Sentricon System starts working. A Certified Sentricon Specialist (like North Fulton Pest Solutions) will keep protecting your home 24/7/365, year after year. Watch this video to learn more about how the Sentricon System protects your home from termites and costly termite damage.
What to expect for the cost of termite treatments
Now that you know about two of the most effective termite treatment options available, you probably want to know how much a termite treatment costs. Your pest control company should be willing to provide you with a free estimate based on the size of your property, the construction type, and the extent of your termite infestation. And if your pest control company is really worth their salt, you should be provided with some sort of guarantee. For example, North Fulton Pest Solutions offers both Lifetime Renewable Guarantees and Unlimited Damage Repair and Retreatment Guarantees for qualifying structures. That’s how confident we are in our technicians and the termite treatments we offer.
Atlanta-area homeowners live in a termite danger zone. They are also at high risk of termite infestations. It’s the price we pay for living in such a beautiful climate – the termites like it here too. The good news is that North Fulton Pest Solutions provides both Sentricon and Termidor termite treatments all over Atlanta.
Call 770-475-7419 today to schedule your free termite inspection and estimate. We can also answer your question: how do termite treatments work?