Methods For Getting Rid Of Termites
- Drill Fill Seal - One of the most commonly used methods for termite reduction. The method typically needs for a termite treatment technician to go to the client property and drill holes (generally 1 ft apart) along the angle between the wall skirting and the floor. Once this is done, a termicide is mixed separately and poured into the holes.
- Pros: None. No visible results.
- Cons: Un-necessary drilling. Spills everywhere around holes that have been drilled. There is no scientific reason for doing a termite treatment like this. The whole termite treatment done via this method is based on a very low probability of finding a termite track at the exact spot as the hole that has been drilled. There is a low probability that the poison is ever going to reach the termite and even if it does, by a chance of luck, there is no possibility of the source being eliminated. The queen termite is producing 30,000 eggs a day for 40-60 years of it's life.
- Surface Sprays- Again one of the most commonly used methods for termite treatment. This involves spraying the termite infested surface with a poison termicide, which is usually a stomach poison so the termites that come in contact with the poison get killed immediately.
- Pros: Customer can see dead termites
- Cons: Firstly a termite spray will contaminate the surface & spreads poisons everywhere. Secondly, only the surface termites are killed and not the source, the nest is still alive and thriving. As you can see that the source is not being eliminated. Remember, as I said before, the queen termite is producing 30,000 eggs a day for 40-60 years of it's life. It's a termite factory out there.
- Ground Drenching- While starting a new house, a certain amount of anti-termite chemical is mixed with solvent, generally it's water, and just thrown around the intended foundation of the building. Now what we are effectively doing is drenching the soil in chemicals. We are hoping that some termites will come in contact with the chemical and get killed. And rightfully so, they do get killed. You know what I said about the nest and termite production, you can guess what happens (or doesn't).
- Pros: Temporary relief from termites if they come in contact with the termicide.
- Cons: Only lasts till the time there is rains- rains will dilute the chemical concoction that has been spread out on the ground. Apart from this, the chemical that the ground has been drenched with, will eventually reach the ground water table. Eventually, it will effect almost all aspects of food, drinking water, useful pests and organisms and flora and fauna.
- Termite Baiting Systems- The baiting systems are a not so recent addition to the termite control line up, for some reasons the termite baiting systems have till now been mostly used in the western countries more than the East. The way it works is by not killing the termites on the spot but it aims to attract the termites with a lure, feed the termite with a very low quantity of active substance so the termites can take the food back to it's nest and share with all the nest members. The nest will eventually eat the food and get eliminated. Once the queen termite dies, there is no more reproduction.
- Pros: Termite baiting systems are a product installation based method - so there are no sprays and messy chemicals to handle. It is good for everyone, especially homes with kids and pets. It does not contaminate the water or environment and is safe for use on trees and overall pests and micro-organisms. Provides long term to permanent relief from termites.
- Cons: It takes 2-4 days to show results, however the results and more long term to permanent in nature.
Different Termite Control Methods