A termite infestation may go years without being noticed, hidden behind walls. If you’re a homeowner or you plan to sell, you should schedule an annual termite inspection to be proactive.

If you notice signs of invasion before your inspection is due, seek the help of an experienced pest control company. The duration they’ll take to control your infestation will depend on factors like the extent of your infestation, your property size, and the extermination method.

Termite Extermination Methods

There are different approaches your pest removal company may take to manage the infestation. 

Termite Baits

A pest control technician installing a termite bait in grass

Termites baits are a preferred outdoor method to get rid of termites. They’re infused with poisoned food (insecticide and cellulose). The baits rest at various points along the mud tunnels (usually 20 feet from each other).

The termite baits attract termites, who then consume and share with other nestmates. After weeks of ingesting the bait, they’ll die as they attempt to molt. This slow action is effective for extermination. It ensures dead termites don’t accumulate close to the bait stations, which would cause other termites to avoid the bait.

It’s critical to regularly monitor and resupply your bait stations. They guarantee long-term control of your termites, particularly the subterranean termites.

Pros

  • The termite bait is eco-friendly.
  • They can remove termite colonies in about six months.

Cons

  • Termites can evade the baits.
  • It’s a slower treatment method.

Termites Sprays

Somebody spraying insecticide on termite-damaged wood

Most termites don’t detect the termite spray. When used, the workers will pass through the liquid treatments unknowingly. These termites will then share the insecticide with other workers. Eventually, the product will make its way into the nest.

When liquid treatment is applied by a pest control professional, termites will start dying off within 48 hours. It also works its way to the queen, making it more effective for quick treatment than termite baits.

Pros

  • An effective method to prevent relentless and persistent termites
  • Takes advantage of the termite feeding habits to eliminate the colony

Cons

  • Termite sprays can sometimes contain harmful chemicals
  • There is a higher chance of needing to repeat treatment

Property Size

If you have a large property with many wooden elements, there will be more hiding places for termites. Remember that if termites have more hiding places, it can be challenging to treat the infestation.

Wall cavities, basement, and attics are among the areas that serve as the ideal place for termites to make their home and find their food.

Extent of Infestation

A group of termites eating moist, rotting wood

If you have suffered a severe termite infestation, more aggressive intervention is necessary. 

Eliminating Drywood Termites

Unlike the subterranean termites, dry wood termites leave few signs of termite activity. You’ll need the help of pest control specialists. They’ll identify the signs of an infestation then place bait stations to eliminate these pests.

Eliminating Subterranean Termites

For these termites to survive, they require contact with water in the soil. That said, direct liquid termiticide application on the soil around their home can help manage the infestation. Still, you can manage these termites by installing a bait station.

Exterminator Expertise

Getting rid of termites from your home is a task you should leave to the professionals. To help manage your termite problem, the professionals will use a mix of bait and spray for better results.

Unlike taking a DIY approach, such experts know how to identify damage and apply the appropriate treatment. In addition, they understand the safety precautions to take when handling chemicals. If you decide to pursue extermination yourself, you may end up sustaining severe injuries if you aren’t knowledgeable about handling chemicals.

Treatment Follow-Up

Close-up of severe termite damage in wood

When your termite infestation is left unchecked, it can cause significant damage to your house. Repair costs may cost you thousands of dollars. Scheduling regular termite inspection after your treatment will help prevent an infestation.

Note that termites can be sneaky, but they leave traces many property owners cannot spot. Unfortunately, this means they can cause significant damage before you suspect that there’s an infestation.

Point of No Return: How to Prevent Termites From Coming Back

There are several approaches you can take to prevent termites from coming back. 

Understand the Termite Life Cycle

Depending on a termite species, it takes an average of three to four years before a new colony can reach maturity and produce swarmers.

At this rate, it can take years before a colony is large enough to cause damage to the wood they infest. New termite colonies might also begin when infested wood is transferred to a different location.

Termites shed their wings at some point in their life cycle, which is one way to note an infestation. Mud tubes, which act as a passage between food and the colony, are also sure signs. Contact a professional to help manage your infestation when you see these signs.

Seal Off Possible Access Points

Termites can access your home through holes and gaps around your property that you can seal with caulk. If you have big gaps, you can cover them using stainless steel mesh before caulking.

Eliminate Any Food Sources

Termites exiting a piece of wood that they have infested

Damaged or rotten wood is the main food source for termites in your home. To avoid an infestation, ensure that you replace damaged wood with termite-resistant materials. Pressure-treated wood or steel framing are two prime examples.

You should also ensure that you place firewood at least 20 feet from your house. Also, try to remove wood to soil contact within your structure. Don’t forget to clean any leaves that are piling in your drain pipes or gutter.

Deal With Moisture

Termites thrive in areas where there’s moisture. Pay attention to the areas where water sits for a long time without drainage. Moisture sources include plumbing leaks, water saturating exterior walls, and blocked gutters.

Takeaway

Termites can damage the structural integrity of your home and cause costly damages. Don’t wait until the problem is out of control. Contact a local pest control team as soon as you see signs of termites.

While it’s true that most products are effective against termite reinfestation for up to five years, don’t overlook annual termite inspections. Take preventative measures to be certain that termites don’t return to your property.