Termites are always a potential threat to your home, so it's a good idea to have a solid prevention plan in place that includes monitoring. You also want to take action when termites are found. There are a few ways to kill termites, so your pest control professional will advise the best one for your situation.
Tenting is an extreme option, but it's sometimes the best choice. Here's when you may need to have your home tented for termites and when other termite control options might be suitable.
When Tenting For Termite Control Is A Good Option
Tenting is done for drywood termites, so the first step is to identify the type of termites you have. If you have subterranean termites, your pest control company may recommend a different type of termite control. Drywood termites may infest your home in large numbers and be in places that are hard to reach, such as between walls.
Tenting involves encapsulating your home and fumigating it or raising the temperature and killing termites with heat. The fumes or heat can permeate your entire house and kill off termites no matter where they're hiding. That makes tenting a good solution for drywood termites, especially when you have a large number of them spread around your house.
When Termiticide And Bait Are Considered
Subterranean termites often live outdoors under the ground. They're often treated by pouring termiticide on the soil and by using bait that's placed under the ground. These treatments work well on subterranean termites because these termites travel under the ground where they come in contact with the termite treatments.
They think the bait is food so they carry it back to the colony where they poison other termites. Bait works more slowly than tenting, but it is an effective way to deal with outdoor termites. The pest control company can also do spot treatments indoors if they think it's necessary, but it might be possible to kill off an infestation by treating the outside of your house only.
A thorough inspection of your property is the first step in termite control. This lets the inspector know if your home is heavily infested and the type of termites you have. Then the pest control company can choose the best treatment and apply the treatments where they are needed. This could spare the inside of your home from chemicals if outdoor treatments are effective.
An important difference between tenting and using baits and termiticide is that tenting kills termites quickly, but it doesn't provide ongoing protection. Bait and termiticide take longer to work, but they can also work for the long term to keep termites from your home or to monitor them.
For more information about termite control, contact a local company.