Preventing pests is the best way to fight them, and the first step usually involves eliminating their harborages near your home. Remove any lumber, debris or shrubbery away from your home, and keep mulch plant beds at least 12 inches from your foundation. Firewood stacks should be stored in a dry area away from the side of your house. You should also schedule regular inspections by a pest control expert to help eradicate "silent" attackers before they become a big problem.
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It depends on your specific situation. There are two main types of treatment systems - liquid and baiting. With liquid treatments, termites ingest the liquid termiticide and pass it on to other termites in the colony. The chemicals in the termiticide are designed to kill the termites over time, giving them an opportunity to pass transmit it to the entire colony. Traditionally, termiticides included repellent materials designed to turn termites away from their intended targets. Today's termiticides eliminate the pests altogether.
Baiting is the other primary treatment system for termite infestations. Termite baits consisting of paper, cardboard or other termite food source are placed in the ground where termites would typically forage. The baits are laced with slow-acting agents also designed to kill termites over time. Termites that enter the bait for food, and then ingest the chemicals, will pass the lethal chemicals on to other termites in the colony.
Both methods are considered safe and effective.
No. Terminix uses chemicals that are found to be safe to humans, pets and the environment. We test our chemicals thoroughly, and they are then independently evaluated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to ensure their safety. If you still have concerns, you may want to consider baiting as an alternative to direct liquid application.
Not necessarily. Not every pest treatment is 100% effective on the first application - even from the most reputable companies. Remember, you're dealing with living creatures, and they can often find unprotected gaps in the treatment barrier. That's why it's important to choose a company that provides reinspection and retreatment at no extra charge. Experienced pest control professionals will continuously service your home until the problem is eliminated.
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