Termites are some of the most common types of insects found in homes today. Though you may know that termites eat wood surfaces and components found in your home, you may not know that these insects also eat books, paper, and even the liners used in swimming pools. Pest control companies usually recommend that you use different methods to treat and control the termites living in your home.
Monitoring for Termite Activity
Pest control companies often use new types of computer software when monitoring your home for signs of termites. They can use these tools to get a good look at your home, find out where the termites live, and identify how those pests move through your home and around your property. This helps them decide whether baits will work, if your home needs to be tented, and where to place any baits they use.
Treating Termite Infestations
Two of the more common methods of treating termite infestations include baits and liquids. Baits are a type of trap that the exterminators place around the home. Termites are drawn to the baits, enter the traps, and then cannot leave. Exterminators may use a combination of baits and a liquid insecticide that kills any termites that touch the liquid. If you have a more serious infestation that baits and liquids will not treat, exterminators may need to tent your home and apply an insecticide throughout the house. Work with your exterminator to decide on the best treatment.
There are almost 1,000 different species of ants throughout North America, but only a handful of them prove to be nuisances and enter your home. If ants have invaded you home, calling a trusted pest control service to come and exterminate the intruders is a good idea.
Once an exterminator evicts ants from your home, you should take the necessary steps to prevent another infestation from occurring. Some of these steps include:
Reduce Entry Points
There are many ways for ants to enter your home, including open windows and the open space beneath your doors. Your best course of action would be to reduce as many of these entry points as you can. Any cracks you find in your walls should be caulked. Likewise, ask an exterminator which pest control substances are best left around entry points that cannot be sealed. Continue reading →