Choosing The Most Effective Termite Protection Plan For Your Home

Posted on: 11 January 2021

Since wood is widely used in home construction, termites remain one of the biggest threats to homes. Without a termite protection plan in place, these wood-eating insects can cause significant structural damage to your house, leaving you with a huge building repair bill.

The best way to deal with the chance of a termite infestation is to be proactive. A proactive termite protection strategy involves taking action to prevent a possible termite attack rather than acting after termites have entered your home. 

Termite control specialists offer a suite of termite protection systems for your residential project, whether it's a new build, extension, or renovation. Outlined below are the main termite control methods offered by the professionals.

Wood Treatments

This termite control method is often used during the construction of a new residential building. All structural wood supplies to be used in a new construction project are sprayed with liquid termiticide to prevent termite damage. 

While this treatment method makes individual wood members of a structure toxic to termites, it does little to prevent termites from finding their way into your home. 

Chemical Soil Treatments

This termite protection system involves injecting liquid termiticide into the soil surrounding a building to create a barrier system that protects the property against potential termite infestation. Because of potential implications for human health and the environment, termiticides used as termite barrier systems for your home must be specifically labeled for that use and their application must be carried out in strict adherence to label instructions.  

Termite Bait Systems

These termite protection systems have been created to help minimize the overall use of pesticides and their negative effect on human health and the environment. They contain a cellulosic material that has been combined with a slow-acting termiticide to kill termites. That's where they derive the name 'bait' systems. To ensure maximum protection of your home, several baits may be installed at various points of the property where the risk of termite activity is considered to be high.

Unlike in conventional barrier systems, the termiticide used in termite bait systems is non-repellant — it doesn't have a strong odor that is toxic to termites. It works only after it has been ingested by termites foraging for food in your home.

There's no such thing as the best termite protection plan for every homeowner. The right termite protection approach for your home depends on your specific situation. Contact the experts at a termite control company near you to discuss your unique needs.