Monday, July 7, 2008

DIY Termite Treatment

So you are an independent person and you can handle any problem in your house without paying some overcharging company for their services. I understand, I am the same way. But is termite treatment something that you can do yourself? Let’s discuss do it yourself treatment options and see if this is indeed something that you should tackle with your own ingenuity.

For the homeowner, there are really only two different methods that you can use when treating termites. The first method is a barrier treatment. As I discussed in my earlier post, the goal of this treatment is to protect your house, basement and any other buildings on your property with a chemical barrier. You will need to inject this treatment into the soil. For your basement, make sure to go at least 4 feet deep into the soil around your basement area while making sure to get the chemical below the basement slab as well. For the rest of the area around your house, get it a few inches into the soil by drenching the top layer with the chemical.

If you think that you can do this yourself, then by all means attempt it, I’m not going to stop you. However, you should be aware that professionals have special equipment that ensures proper treatment. They have injection rods, drills for concrete, a huge pump and a large tank of this chemical to spray your property with. They also have the skills and experience of dealing with this on a daily basis that a homeowner does not have (unless you are the exception of course). But if you are going to do so, just note what I said above and try to do that without leaving gaps that allow termites to get through.

The next approach to do it yourself termite control is baiting systems. Baiting systems are used to attack the colony directly. If you kill off all of the termite colonies then you have a good chance at protecting your house from further infestation. The best baiting systems are the ones that contain insect growth regulator (IGR). The way that this works is that the termites that get food bring the bait back to the colony where it travels from termite to termite. This IGR does not kill any adult termites, but it kills all of the babies. So when the adult termites die naturally, there is no young ones to replace them. Then the colony is finished.

This method is simple enough for any homeowner to use. However, the supply of IGRs is tightly controlled and is exclusively limited to companies that have contracts with the supply. Since these IGRs are so hard to find, this Do It Yourself method is almost completely out of the picture. But, if you can find some to purchase, then try it. The best approach would be to use a chemical barrier combined with the bait method. This will provide the most protection and kill the most termites. Good luck with your project. Don’t be too intimidated, it’s fun getting in touch with your inner man vs insect self.

1 comment:

bigico said...

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feed on dead Plants,Animals, Timbers and anything that contains Cellulose.There are

2600 Taxonomically known species of Termites.Termites are also known to be a good bio

reactor as they can recycle anything that comprises cellulose and hence helps in many

natural recycling procedures.

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