Termites cause billions of dollars in damage to homes and property each year. Part of the reason that termite infestations are so dangerous is that many people are unaware that there is a problem until it is too late and extensive repairs must be done. Yet if a termite infestation is caught early, the steps to eradicate it are simple and inexpensive.
Because there may be no signs of a termite infestation, it is critical to perform regular termite inspections. Termite control companies often offer inspection services in addition to fumigation and other termite control procedures. Hire an inspector from a reputable termite control company to examine a home before you purchase it, as well as every five years thereafter.
If the inspector does find a termite infestation, they can usually suggest an eradication method that will work best. For total peace of mind, use a termite control professional to handle the necessary fumigation, monitoring and repair, as it can be complex and usually requires specialized equipment.
If you'd prefer to save some money and handle your own termite and pest control, there are a few methods that are inexpensive and effective, especially if you have a small home without a basement or are dealing with termites that are on your property but have not actually infested your house. (Otherwise, the drilling and treatment may be highly complex and should be left to the experts.)
To treat your infestation, use a combination of termite control products, such as termiticides and termite bait. Bait stations are simple to distribute around your home and property and usually come in a kit complete with supplies, bait, locking mechanisms (to protect your pets and children from the bait) and full instructions. Bait stations are placed directly in the soil and kill termites around your property before they have launched a full invasion.
If you choose a liquid termiticide, select a product with an applicator and pump because the liquid will need to be pumped deep into the soil around your home. Keep in mind that liquid termiticides, like most pesticides, are poisonous, so you must read the directions carefully; wear gloves, a mask and other protective clothing; and keep pets and children from areas that have been treated.