Currently there are three types of treatments available for use by the professional: soil treatments, wood treatments, and baits.
Soil treatments are liquid termiticides diluted with water to ensure adequate coverage in the soil. Injection of this system in the soil creates a treated area that repels or reduces the population of the termites and envelopes your house with a long-term protection. This is the most commonly used system and may be used in combination with baits and/or wood treatments. The newer termiticides (since 2000) are non-repellant and non-detectible to the termites. Termites will travel through the treated soil around the house and pick up the termiticide molecules on their bodies, then transfer those molecules to the other members in the colony, thus killing the colony over a period of a few weeks.
Wood treatments involve treating infested wood or potentially infested wood with liquids such as a traditional treatment or borate materials. This treatment type protects the wood from infestation and reduces or eliminates the infestation in the wood at the time of treatment.
Baits were popular in the 1990’s and involve installing bait stations in the ground around the structure to be protected. Termites that find the stations then eat the bait and transfer the active ingredient throughout the colony. This system reduces or eliminates the population of the colony feeding on the structure, but are generally more expensive both initially and annually than the newer non-repellant termiticides.
Call us today to discuss these treatments we offer and we’ll be happy to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each method.