The pest control specialist who comes to your home may choose from two generally accepted options: liquid treatments and baiting. Both methods have their merits.
The application of a liquid termite treatment has been considered the standard for more than 50 years. This method involves applying a spray and requires treating both the inside and outside of the building’s foundation walls. Spray will also be applied to voids in cinder block walls and places where plumbing fixtures and conduits make contact with soil. The first liquid treatments that were developed and used in this process contained repellents that were known to keep the termites away. More modern applications, however, include an insecticide that kills the bugs. Extremely effective, this method often requires only one treatment to solve the problem.
Baiting involves combining paper, cardboard, and other favorite termite foods with a slow-acting poison. These baits are then placed into the soil inside plastic containers or applied directly over active termite mud tubes and other areas of known termite activity. Termites not only eat the bait, but also generously take it back to share with others in the colony, eventually killing them all. Proper termite baiting is complex, but has a high success rate.
Sometimes, both treatment methods are used together for maximum coverage. Your pest control technician can explain which method he is using to treat your termite problem and why. Due to the potential for property damage and other difficulties termites present, you should always let a pro handle a termite issue.