People are afraid of termites because its infestation could bring damages and losses, it is hard to detect, and it's colony is hard to eliminate.
To get rid of termite, you must firstly know your enemy. Here are some of the characteristics of termites:
- Termites consume fibrous plant matter, such as wood, paper, etc.
- Termites love mud and don't like sand, because it is hard for them to burrow through sand.
- Termites love moisture and stay in the dark.
- Termites might come from soil, and also from sky. During reproductive seasons, they have wings and will swarm around. They'll shed off the wings once they found place to settle down.
- Termites may move to another location when disturbed. Therefore, if you find them, don't disturb them before getting the pest control service.
Knowing about these, you should avoid a termite-friendly environment found around your house.
There are generally 2 methods of termites treatment:
- Method 1 is to create a chemical barrier underneath the building structure. Normally it is done to the land before the building is developed. After the building is developed, this treatment requires drilling of holes all over the house in order to inject the chemical into the land underneath. The chemical will either repel the termites, or kill them off. However, its effectively wear off after time, and can probably last for 3 years only. In addition, if there is untreated gap in between, termites can still find their way into the house.
- Method 2 is to use a colony elimination baiting system, such as the Sentricon system. Stations are placed around the house to look for the presence of termites. If found, chemical which can retard the termites' moulting process will be put into the bait, and the termites who eat the chemical will infect each other when they return to the colony. Eventually, the colony will be eliminated. This method also require to drill holes in order to place the station inside the house. Normally only 2 stations are placed in the middle of the house, and the rest are placed in the garden area outside the house building.
Method 2 is generally more expensive than Method 1, and the baiting stations need regular inspection for presence of termites. However, it is a more effective way, and unlike Method 1 which only function to create barrier to hinder termites from entering the building, Method 2 will try to eliminate the termites colony by killing them off.
Anyhow, it is a good practice to regularly inspect your house for signs of termite infectations. And I would recommend the inspection to be done with thermal imaging technology.