How To Keep Termites At Bay With Modern Methods

Everyone must know by now how difficult it is to get rid of those creatures which literally eat our homes and plants right from under us. Bugs that munch their way through all kinds of wood are not only dangerous, they cost us a lot of money too. In pest control is a rather difficult job because the heat and high humidity is just right for these creatures to set up home. There is a cure though in the form of termite treatment which not only finds where the main nest is, it also eliminates the queen which in turn kills the rest of these destructive critters.

These bugs are clever indeed since we often do not know they are there until it is too late and much damage has already been done. What they are looking for is the cellulose in wood which most of our homes are made up from. When they come to an immovable object, like concrete or metal, they build above surface tunnels in mud so that they can progress to their next hearty meal.

The other thing about these creatures is that they forage for food up to half an acre away from where the main nest is. These tunnels go all over the place in their ever burgeoning search and once they have found a food source, normally a house or structure, they lay scent trails so other workers can come behind them to bring food to the nest too.

The specialists try different ways to battle against these creatures but the more common method is to dig a huge trench around the property several feet deep. Into this is poured some chemicals which kill or dissuade the creatures from crossing over. However, this not only disrupts the garden it also allows toxic chemicals to be released into the soil which is not a good solution at all.

Modern methods to control them have included putting feeding tubes into the ground at regular intervals and baiting them with poisoned food. This rather high-tech method even uses computers to check on where the bait is being taken so that the company can concentrate on this area. The good thing about this is that once the creature has taken the poison food back to the nest, all the others wills succumb eventually. It also means less chemicals are used and the garden is not disrupted at all.

Many historic buildings have been damaged severely by this type of creature but it is virtually impossible to keep them at bay by digging a trench. It could not, for example, be dug around a national monument so this is where the feeding tube method really wins over the other methods.

Simply spraying for these creatures does not work well either since they will just wait for the chemicals to break down, or be washed away by rain, and then reappear sometime in the future. Companies who carry out this work do, however, guarantee their work and will keep checking to make sure that no further infestation is found for around ten years.