There is no fixed amount of time for termite treatment to last, even the standard answer is around five years. Exactly how long yours will go depends on everything from who performed the treatment to the types of termites in or around the home. Liquid soil treatment may be able to go for up to eight years, a welcome timeframe for anyone who wants to save a little money on their pest control. Bait treatment may last for about a year or so, depending on the thoroughness and care of the setup. If your treatment fails to keep termites at bay, it's generally because the insects found a hole in the barrier. Just a tiny passageway can afford them the opportunity to make their way back in. Find out more about the types of treatments available and how you can make them work for you.
A standard insecticide will attack the nerve cells of the termite and cause the insect to quickly break down. If you have subterranean termites, a trench may need to be dug around the perimeter of the home (because the termites live within the soil). Once the soil has been removed, it's treated with a termiticide before it's placed back in the earth. The idea is to create a full barrier that termites can't break through. Some professional exterminators may even build a physical wall made of sand or plastic. This serves as an extra layer of protection. If termites manage to find a way through the physical wall, they find themselves in the termiticide treated soil. Bait traps will lure the insect away from its standard food source so it will eat the poison instead. These can be installed either above or below ground, though they're usually less effective than liquid treatments.
DIY termite control can be tempting for many homeowners, especially considering the number of solutions on the market. But the reality is that it's usually not the best termite treatment. These insects can build colonies of hundreds of thousands of insects, making termite control difficult. Even an inexperienced professional could easily miss a mud tunnel with a small portion of termites that will breed after the bulk of them die out after treatment. Not only is at-home termite control time-consuming, but it's often just too risky. Termites leave signs everywhere, but if you're not trained to spot them, they often go undetected. And even if your home isn't infested, just one preventative treatment can be the key to saving you a lot of headaches in the future.
Termites with wings or without can cause untold damages in your home, destroying the value of a property in record time. Clint Miller Exterminating understands just how important it is to protect your investment, which is exactly what we've been doing since 1978. Whether you live in Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, Montgomery, or Carrabus, we're here to provide a termite inspection, preventative treatment, and effective extermination. if you're wondering how to get rid of termites, give us a call to learn more about everything from the initial consultation to regular follow-up visits. We take exceptional pride in treating our neighbors and protecting their homes from pests.