Termite Treatment – Termites are very small, pale insects that live in colonies with a Queen in a nest, similar to ant colonies. Although they are often called “white ants”, they are notants. Termites eat non-living, cellulose based material. This means they do not attack healthy, growing trees or plants. Normally they would eat dead trees, stumps and fallen logs or branches, but they will also eat seasoned timber, paper, cardboard and even piles of lawn clippings. (These materials are especially appealing if slightly damp or rotting).
It is also important to remember that termites, like ants, live in colonies. These colonies are based in nests with a queen ever pumping out new termites. The nest may be several metres away from any termites found on your property.
Do It Yourself Termite Treatment
Subterranean termites left untreated can cause considerable damage to your home.Subterranean termites live in colonies underground and feed on sources of cellulite (wood, paper, etc.). They build mud tunnels or tubes from the soil to their food source. This tube provides them with protection against the drying effects of air.During early spring swarmers will emerge from the colony.
These swarmer termites look very similar to winged ants. One distinct difference between swarmer termites and winged ants is the termite has a straight body whereas the ant has a narrow waist and neck. Closer examination will also revel a straight antenna on the termite as opposed to an (elbowed) antenna on the winged ant. Any presence of swarmer termites is a good indication of a colony close by.
Prevention of a termite infestation is always the best route. Here are some steps to take that will help prevent termites from invading your home.
• Keep water diverted away from the foundation of your home.
• Do not bury wood or paper products close to your home.
• Repair any water damage quickly and stop the source.
• Make sure no untreated wood is in direct contact with the soil.
• Have your home checked frequently for signs of termite infestation.
• Don’t stack firewood on the ground or close to your home.
• Don’t leave wood debris lying on the ground.
Signs to look for when inspecting for termites.
• Mud tubes on the foundation walls.
• Pinholes in sills or floor joists.
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There are several products available to the DIy er for termite treatment. Bait stations are among the most popular used by homeowners for DIY termite treatment. These devices are inserted into the ground where termite colonies are most likely to be present.
Inside it will contain a monitoring material that can be examined frequently to determine the presence of termites. Should any evidence of termites be present in one of the stations during inspection the material is replaced with a poison that will destroy the termite colony.
If you are unsure or have reason to suspect you have termites, it may be in your best interest to have a professional inspect your home immediately. The sooner they are stopped the better.