If your home or property has a termite infestation, you should treat it as soon as possible. Termite damage can be expensive to fix and poses a threat to you and your family’s safety.
Termites can go undetected for a long time. They can eat away at the foundations, walls, and insulation of a building before the damage becomes visible. Even one sign of an infestation should be your clue to contact pest control experts right away.
There are several options for termite treatment of varying efficacy and longevity. Termidor, in particular, is a highly effective, long-lasting treatment. Below, we explore various termite treatment options, how they work, and how long they last.
Termite Treatment Options
Methods for getting rid of termite infestations have improved throughout the years, and many options are available. The amount of time necessary will depend on which treatment you use.
One way to get rid of termites in your home is through strategically placed baiting stations. Baiting stations contain pesticides that spread via the worker termites.
A professional buries the baiting stations in a perimeter around your house. They will check your stations several times to see how much bait the workers have taken back to the colony.
Bait stations need more maintenance than other kinds of termite treatments but are also very effective in a multi-pronged approach. The treatment itself will last about a year and require annual inspections.
Liquid termite treatment creates a chemical barrier against termites. A pest control professional applies the treatment around the base of the building. Liquid treatments last five years on average and are much lower maintenance than bait stations.
A professional will apply diluted liquid Termidor along the base of your building. This forms an uninterrupted treatment zone. The treatment may require the pest control service to drill some small holes into hard surfaces near your foundation for the treatment to be most effective.
A professional can complete your Termidor treatment in less than a day. Termidor is effective against termite colonies in three months or less.
All About Termidor Treatment
Termidor is a liquid termiticide that is professionally applied to protect your property. The treatment is non-repellent and undetectable by termites. This means they won’t avoid the treated area and are more likely to expose themselves to the treatment.
Termidor is effective against many different kinds of termites. It can control populations of dampwood termites, drywood termites, subterranean termites, and Formosan termites.
Unlike other termiticides, Termidor exterminates termites by touch as well as by ingestion. Since the termites can’t detect the treatment, they contact the chemical even if they don’t ingest it. Affected termites can also transfer Termidor to the entire colony by touch via the “Transfer Effect.” This allows the termiticide to move swiftly through a termite colony.
Termidor Treatment vs. Baiting Stations
There is no guarantee that termites will find a baiting station on the way to your house. For this reason, it can take months for you to see results if this is all you’re doing. Termidor and other liquid treatments permeate the foundation and start working immediately. Baiting systems require more maintenance than Termidor since you have to check the stations for signs of activity each year.
However, bait stations are used to monitor termite activity and ensure that they don’t come back. A professional termite control company will use both bait stations and liquid treatments such as Termidor to begin immediately killing the colony. They use the bait stations to draw in stragglers that might get through and stay alert in the event of termites returning in the future. Each year, they can check the bait stations and determine if another treatment is needed.
Bait stations last for a year, while Termidor liquid termiticide can last for five years or more. It’s a good idea to have both on your property.
Termidor Treatment vs. Liquid Treatments
Termidor works very differently from other liquid treatments. Most liquid termiticides create a barrier that repels the termites. Termidor is an undetectable termiticide that eradicates termites by both ingestion and contact.
Termidor is odor-free and bonds to the soil, so its impact on the property is minimal. There is a chance of miscalculation when applying pesticides, and the chemicals may get onto plants and into water. Termidor doesn’t have the toxic and corrosive ingredients that other pesticides do, so you won’t have to worry about the spread of chemicals too much.
How Long Does a Termidor Treatment Last?
Termidor treatment is backed by more than 15 years of research and has a history of protecting structures from termite infestation. It should last for around ten years before another application is required. But this does not guarantee that termites will never get into a treated structure.
Some instances that may inhibit the protective barrier or enable the termites to go past the barrier treatment include:
- Any wood to soil contact
- Piles of firewood near the exterior foundation
- Presence of stagnant water against the foundation or in any crawlspaces
- Too much landscaping around the foundation
- When untreated structures come in contact with the building foundation during construction
Thus, there may be a reason to get another Termidor treatment before the ten-year mark. Still, years of research show that Termidor is highly effective for long periods. A professional can perform follow-up inspections to ensure that there has been no breach in the treatment zone.
Professional Termidor Treatment Application
If you suspect a termite infestation in your home, contact professionals right away. Our certified pest control team will conduct a thorough inspection and determine the best solution for your pest problems. For expert and dependable termite treatment, call Stampede Pest Control!