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Termite treatments, Treating termites, Termite control
By Frank Reece

This is a four part series of articles. Article one will cover some general information about subterranean termites. It will also list the five methods of termite control currently available. Finally, this article will cover the first method of termite control in great depth.

Controlling with termite treatments can be a confusing goal for most any homeowner. The biggest nuisance to home owners is subterranean termites. Ground make their colonies within the soil, and dig their way up to the top of the ground in complex structures known as shelter tubes. They build these tubes to find any nearby food. Members of the colony can fan out as far as 130 feet from the main living area to forage for food. These have a hardy appetite. Particular species of subterranean have been documented as being able to eat up to 15 lbs of wood a week. This is why termite control is so important. The experts attribute 95% of annual damage done by to the subterranean termites. As you can see, controlling these can be tricky.

To control these pesky subterranean it is generally appropriate to use pesticides. Pesticides used to control are called termiticides. This form of termite treatment can be used as liquids or baits. To use termiticides as a liquid it needs to be injected into the soil or into the wood of your wooden structures. If used as a bait, the termiticides is placed in bait stations under the soil around the exterior perimeter of your structures. There are five types of termite treatments which are generally used to control termites. There is mechanical alteration/sanitation, soil treatment, wood treatment, foundation



treatment, and bait/monitoring systems.

The first type of termite control is the mechanical alteration/sanitation system. It is important to be mindful of what type of materials you have under, leaning on, or stacked next to your structures. Having such items creates a higher potential risk for termite problems. You should keep all wood, paper, cardboard and any other cellulose debris away from your structures. When thinking about termite control it is also important to know that wood supports, fence posts, etc. . . .touching the ground is an invitation to hungry looking for a meal. To control the termites, you need to take pre-emptive or corrective action. Do not put debris abound your structures, of if you already have debris laying around your structures move the debris. Any wood to soil contact should be broken if at all possible.

Excessively wet wood is a particularly strong way to attract termites. Termites excel in moist environments and love to be in excessively wet wood. It's really important when thinking about termite control to fix any roof leaks. You should also not let any plumbing problems go for any length of time. The final termite control method under the mechanical/alteration category is to increase ventilation in your crawlspaces. You should try to get rid of excess water any way you can. For example, if you don't already have them, install rain gutters. Ensure that you are directing surface water away from your house. While this is a good start to termite control, it will not be enough to totally prevent a termite infestation.

The other methods of termite control are continued in part two, part three and part four of this series.


Frank Reece has been in the industry for 25 years. You can find his articles on www.linkmyarticles.com.

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