Most people that have grown up in the southern part of the United States know that termites are a very real threat to the structure of homes, garages, and any outside buildings on a property. What people may not realize is that there are over 2000 different species of termites with approximately 50 species found across the United States.
Then to narrow that down even more, only about 20 of the 50 species of termites found in the USA will cause damage to a home. Of these, the subterranean, dampwood and drywood termites are of the most concern.
Whether a newer or established home, the property should be treated for termites. By preventing termites from getting into the home, there is less of a risk for the need of indoor termite treatment at a later point in time.
Step 1: Complete Inspection
A quality termite treatment program will start with an inspection of the home and property. This will identify the type of termites, the locations where they are present, and information on any damage already done.
Step 2: Termite Treatment Options
Once the inspection is complete, the correct termite treatment options will be provided to the homeowner. Some companies will use very strong chemicals that can pose a risk to the environment, people, and any pets in the area. Other companies may choose to use environmentally friendly chemical treatments that have very low-impact and risk.
It will be important to ask about the types of chemicals used in the termite treatment and any possible side-effects or environmental or health concerns.
Step 3: Develop a Preventative Plan
The pest control service that provides termite treatment should talk to the homeowner about preventing future problems with simple strategies and techniques.
Removing old wood, checking for signs of mud tunnels and several other simple tips can prevent a future problem and limit the need for chemical treatment on the property.