Termite Inspections — A Great Way To Save You From Termite Treatment Costs
As a homeowner what can be more disgusting and time-consuming than destructive termites. Money runs out of pocket in a bad way to do termite treatments, extermination and prevention. When the costs are high, you can take preventive measures to keep the termite costs under your control.
Try doing a termite inspection on a regular basis if you want to cut down on the cost for treatment. A termite inspection is an important step towards the monster control. If you’re really concerned about your property, you will opt for this option.
What’s Involved in a Termite Inspection?
The time it takes to conduct a termite inspect depends on a few factors. Taking the size, complexity and number of places to look, a typically inspection can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours. These inspections should be conducted every twelve months to ensure you stay ahead of any termite problems. If you live in arid climates like the desert, termites are almost an inevitability. If you’re deciding between doing the inspection yourself or hiring a professional, here are a few things you should consider.
The size of your home should be the first thing you consider. If your home is 1,500 square feet or 5,000, this factor alone can make a do-it-yourself termite inspection more hassle than it’s worth. You’ll also want to assess your accessibility to the areas of your home. Some attics do not have adequate rooms to move and crawl spaces could be so tight that some adults wouldn’t fit through the opening. What year was your home built? This should also be considered, as some older homes can have unique areas that are difficult to access. Plant life around the property can also make it difficult to inspect the entire perimeter of the home.
Signs of Termites
Several key clues signal that termites may have created a colony in your home. Even if you don’t spot an actual termite, they could quickly and quietly damage your property. Although they may seem small, homeowners should immediately consult a professional upon finding any of the following signs of termites.
Termites shed their wings shortly after they find a mate, leaving behind an obvious sign that they are occupying a space. If you see piles of wings on your porch or in windows, you may have a termite infestation.
Termites build mud tubes to commute between their food source and main colony. If you see mud tubes, you will probably find more termites inside your home.
Termites leave small, brown droppings, known as “frass”. If you find these pellet-shaped spots, your home may have termites.
In the later stages of a termite infestation, homeowners may notice damaged wood. A pest management company can tell you if the damaged wood came from termites or another structural issue.
WHAT INFLUENCES THE EFFECTIVENESS OF TERMITE TREATMENT?
The type of termite you are dealing with will also affect how long treatments last. Two types of termites are typically seen, subterranean termites and drywood termites. Subterranean termites are termites that live in the soil around the home. They create a network of tunnels to access their food source (your house). Drywood termites burrow into the wood and live and eat off it. They create a series of tunnels within the wood of your home and eat their way through. The termite treatment you receive and how long that treatment will last depends on your infestation.
Liquid termite treatments. How long will they usually last? And how sufficient are they?
Liquid treatment usually can last up to a few years. 5 years is an average time period for many treatments. If you find termites in your house regardless of getting a treatment done recently, it is probably because they found a hole in the chemical barrier. This is usually why thorough annual inspections are encouraged.
Here are a few natural treatments you can try for termite control:
Nematodes are parasitic worms that love to munch on termites. You can buy these tiny worms online or in specialty stores. You can then release them into the area where you know (or suspect) that termites have settled in, and they will go to work for their lunch. The nematodes will reproduce and continue to seek out termites until they are all gone. They are very efficient at getting rid of termites if you introduce enough of them to the colony.
Vinegar is the wonder material for your home. Not only can you use it to clean everything from your kitchen counter to shower, but you can also use it to kill termites. Just mix up a half a cup of it with the juice from two lemons, and you’ve got your termite killer. Put it in a spray bottle and spray the mixture around the area where you suspect the termites. The acidic substance will kill the termites on contact. Make sure you spray regularly to catch any termites you didn’t get with the last treatment.
Sodium borate, sold commonly as borax powder, can kill termites – as well as wash your laundry. You can either sprinkle the powder around the affected area, or you can mix it with water and spray it into an area that you believe to be infested. As with the vinegar, you will need to reapply the solution to ensure that you are reaching more of the colony.
Orange oil is made mostly of d-limonene, which is deadly to termites. The oil is derived from orange peels, and you can buy it from home improvement or garden stores, as well as online. Orange oil causes the exoskeletons of termites to dissolve, which causes them to lose moisture and proteins and then to die. Spray the oil directly onto termites or on areas where you suspect termites to be. You can also spray the oil to deter termites from coming into the area. Therefore, spraying it regularly is a good way to keep your home free of termites, whether you currently have any or not.
Termites love twothings: Water and cellulose. Spray down a piece of cardboard with water, and you will be setting out an all-you-can-eat buffet for termites. Why would you want to do to this? Well, if you think that termites are already in your house, putting down this cardboard bait will lure them out and onto a specific spot. When you see that termites have settled in for the buffet, you can take the piece of cardboard away and burn it, killing all the termites with it. Repeat the process as often as necessary to draw out termites.