Termites are the most destructive pests that you can have to deal with, and dealing with them once is bad enough, but what if you still have to worry about reinfestation? After all, termites create new colonies each year, and they can slowly spread over a territory even after they’ve been pushed out of an area. So how can you protect your home in the long term?
Liquid barriers and bait stations
A pest control specialist will use either a liquid barrier or a bait station to get a termite infestation under control. Both work in their own unique way, and both have their pros and cons.
Liquid barriers are chemicals that are inserted near the foundation of the home, and as the name suggests, they form a barrier that will protect the building from subterranean termites. Subterranean termites infest a home through the ground, so cutting off this avenue of infestation can protect your home for decades to come. However, if an infestation is already present, liquid barriers generally do not destroy the colony. So while your home is protected, the termite colony will remain intact on the property. In this situation, if you have a garage or a shed or any other outdoor building that has wood in it, the colony may still infest areas of your property.
Bait stations on the other hand target the colony directly. Bait stations are placed in small holes in your yard at various intervals, and they are filled with laced cellulose. The termites will be drawn to the cellulose, and they will take it back into the colony, where it will be shared among the workers, soldiers, reproductives, and eventually the queen. This will lead to the queen’s death and the death of the colony. However, the main drawback of this method is that it can take up to a few months to completely remove a colony, time in which, the infestation in the home is ongoing.
So how can you get the best results? Well, it ultimately depends on your particular situation. If you have a large property and you want to get rid of an infestation right away, you can use both liquid barriers and bait stations to protect the home and eliminate the colony from the property. Alternatively, you can just go with the bait station or the liquid barrier. We can help you make the right choice for your particular situation and install the desired control method. Contact us today to find out more.