Termite Treatments and Termite Extermination
Termite extermination is not a do-it-yourself job. Successful eradication and prevention of termites is a job for experienced, trained termite control professionals. In New Jersey, both bait systems and liquid exterior barriers are used and sometimes combined to eliminate termites and prevent them from returning. Both treatment options are "safe" and effective in eliminating termites, but both extermination techniques require specialized knowledge and tools and expert installation to be successful.
Bait systems and exterior barrier systems both use termites' own social behaviors against them. After exposure to termiticide, termites return to their nest. During the process of feeding and grooming nest mates, the poison is spread, eventually killing the entire termite colony, including the queen and nymphs. Total termite colony extermination must be achieved to halt structural damage and prevent reinfestation of your home or business. Whichever treatment plan is chosen, customers should expect an average three to seven day wait before treatment can begin to comply with New Jersey's utility notification dig law. This allows utilities to mark the locations of their lines to prevent inadvertent service interruption during installation of termite control measures.
You Have Termite Extermination Options
Advance Termite Bait System. Considered a less invasive, more eco-friendly termite elimination method, the Advance Termite Bait System is "safe" and effective and utilizes fewer chemicals than the Termidor system. Low-profile, cylindrical bait traps that sit flush against the ground surface are installed along probable termite paths. The traps are baited with cellulose and checked by pest control professionals on a regular basis.
If termite activity is detected, the traps are re-baited with a poison-infused food. Termites enter the bait stations to feed. Poison is spread through the colony via the regurgitation-feeding practiced by termites. Complete colony annihilation can take a year. After colony elimination, traps are inspected seasonally and re-baited with poison if further termite activity is detected. For continued protection against termite invasion, annual renewal of your residential or commercial termite pest control protection plan is recommended to ensure that bait traps continue to be properly monitored for future termite activity.
Termidor Exterior Liquid Barrier System. Termidor is an advanced liquid termiticide, a specialized slow-acting, odorless, non-repellent insecticide that is undetectable but lethal to termites. Less costly and faster acting that bait traps, Termidor enjoys an unprecedented success rate in exterminating termite colonies. Termites cannot see, smell or taste Termidor so they do not attempt to avoid it.
A continuous barrier of Termidor is introduced into the soil along the exterior foundation of a building through an application method called "trenching and rodding." Trenches are dug into the earth along foundation walls to ensure penetration of Termidor into the soil. Where concrete slabs or hard surfaces are encountered, holes are drilled, then patched, to ensure termiticide penetration and creation of a continuous perimeter barrier.
As worker termites ingest Termidor-treated material or come in contact with Termidor in the soil, they carry the poison back to their nest. In the course of normal feeding and grooming, workers transfer the poison to other colony members, eventually killing the entire colony. Successful extermination of the entire colony is usually accomplished within three months after application. For continued protection against termite invasion, annual renewal of your residential or commercial termite pest control protection plan is recommended to monitored for future termite activity.
What You Can Do To Prevent Termites From Finding You
You can make your home or business less attractive to termites by eliminating water leaks, properly venting crawl spaces, maintaining vapor barriers, running a dehumidifier in damp basements, diverting water away from building foundations, eliminating wood to soil contacts, trimming overgrown shrubs and trees to eliminate landscape bridges to buildings, relocating firewood piles away from structures, using pine bark mulch (which termites don't like) or replacing mulch with stone.
If termites do attack your home or business, a call to the termite exterminators at Allison Pest Control will banish termites and keep damage to a minimum.