Smart Pest Solutions offers termite treatments to structures infested with termites. Structures have to be measured to determine the price of the treatments. If homeowners suspect termite activity smart pest will inspect the area for free and give free treatment estimates.
Termites have been around for millions of years and will continue to exist long after human beings are gone. Termites continue to become resistant to some chemicals and new ways of treating are always being studied. People have to understand that discovering termites does not mean that the house will fall down. Termites can be treated and removed to protect the home.
Termite prevention is usually done during the construction of a building. Removing rotten wood or debris is important when building a structure. Pre treatments of cement footings can be performed immediately after pouring the footings. These treatments are not guarantees that termites will not appear but can be effective for several years. Repellants that don’t kill termites can be used as well as termidor which kills the whole colony. Termidor is more expensive than many other chemicals. Chemical barriers around the entire structure are necessary to ensure the protection of the entire building. Infested wood can be treated with properly labeled pesticides. Soil must be injected with chemical wherever possible. Cement must be drilled every foot to inject chemical under the cement.
Proper termite inspections are necessary to determine if they are present and or active. Looking in crawlspaces is in order as well as rafters in basements and along foundation walls. Shelter tubes are a give away but can’t always be seen. If termites are inside of a wall there may be small holes coming out with sand or mud coming out. This is an indicator of damage inside the wall. Highly infested wood may simply crumble to the touch. Some companies may use termite detecting dogs or cameras for looking inside wall voids. Measuring the structure is the only way to determine costs of treatment. Termite chemicals can be expensive but very effective. Main shelter tubes and mud tunnels should be treated thoroughly. Breaking the tubes can make the termites leave the area to infest a new portion of wood. This should only be done after treating the soil with chemical.
Termites require moisture to survive and so moist, water damaged wood is more vulnerable to attack as opposed to new, treated wood. Mud tubes or “termite shelter tubes” are constructed to provide protection from ants, sunlight and dry air. Mud tubes can be made from mud, sand, particles of wood, and saliva that the termites produce. Mud tubes can be a single line or branch off into many directions. They can hang down from rafters or be on the side of a building. Breaking apart a tube can reveal termites but that is not always the case. If tubes are broken apart when discovered they are probably not active. Dryer, lighter colored tubes are often signs that the tunnel is no longer being used. It is not guaranteed that broken tubes are unused