Termites can be quite a bother in your home. They compromise the structural integrity of your house by feeding on wooden structures and leave your home in a deplorable state. Once you spot termite presence in your home, you should call an exterminator immediately, as the termite colony could grow in numbers in a few days. Below is what you should expect once you call a termite exterminator to your home.
The exterminator will inspect your home to verify that there is a termite infestation. Also, he or she will evaluate the extent of the infestation. Preferably, you should be present during the inspection so you can identify the damage caused and plan for repairs. The exterminator will take the following steps.
They will look for mud tubes in your attic and foundation or along pipes. Termites require mud tubes to keep themselves in humid conditions, as they dehydrate quickly.
The exterminator will inspect if there are swarmers in your house. These are winged termites whose role is to reproduce.
Termites eat wood from the inside. As such, the exterminator will inspect wood beams in your home for signs of termite damage. Hollow wood beams, the presence of holes on the beams and bits of mud on the poles are all signs of termite presence.
The exterminator will inspect your garden and the area around your home for termite nests.
After the inspection, the exterminator will give you a report indicating his or her findings. The following are some of the treatment options that the exterminator might recommend.
Repellents are used to prevent termites from accessing specific areas. They help prevent further termite damage.
Physical termite barriers can be strategically placed in your home to prevent termites from entering your house.
Termite baits are another option. A piece of wood is soaked in pesticide. Once the termites feed on the wood, they die. Baits can be placed above or below the ground.
Termiticides are termite killing chemicals that can either be used on the soil or the wood. Soil treatment aims at killing termites as they return to their nest. If there is a termite nest in your home, the exterminator pumps the termiticide into the nest. Wood treatment includes surface sprays and injected sprays to kill termites infesting wood structures.
Post termite inspection
A few days after conducting termite treatment, the exterminator will come back to inspect if the procedure was successful. He or she might have to repeat the treatment if the infestation was severe.
The termite extermination process involves termite inspection, termite treatment, and post termite inspection. For more information, contact a local termite extermination company.