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Excellent Tips For Effective Termite Control

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Termites can be such a pain in the neck, especially if you have to deal with them all the time. Apart from consuming your wood, the sight of these pests is just irritating. If you are a homeowner tired of fighting these pesky pests every day, below are a few suggestions for a more permanent solution.

Apply powder pesticides

The most common way of dealing with termites is by spraying them with pesticides. However, if you want a more permanent solution, start using powder. Unlike aerosols, powder lasts longer after being applied on infected areas, since it fades at a slower rate. Apart from durability, powder pesticides tend to have stronger toxic effects. In addition, they can be either scented or odourless. This makes them suitable for use by individuals sensitive to chemical substances. Moreover, the powder can be used both as an edible and airborne poison for the termites, enabling you to kill one bird with two stones.

Thermal death

This refers to the extermination of pests by exposing them to extreme temperatures. Other than wetting wood, this method has proved to be highly effective for slabs, terraces and concrete porches, among others. At temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, termites can die in a matter of minutes. Therefore, you can simply pour boiling water on infested areas for a more instant solution. Moreover, using your own water is cheaper compared to purchasing pesticides and spraying equipment. Unlike in pesticides, termites cannot develop genetic mutations towards boiling water, hence making this method more lethal and permanent.

Use sand barriers

Sand barriers are among the best physical deterrent mechanisms for termites because termites cannot tunnel through them. Therefore, you may want to apply such barriers under the slab and beam foundations, steps, patios and terraces and inside hollow tile cells. Remember to use large grained sand. Moreover, sand barriers not only seal termites from spreading, but the sand's dryness also makes it impossible for the formation of termite nests.

Use nematodes 

Nematodes refer to microscopic worms that feed on pests. They are an efficient and highly effective biological control method for termites. In addition, they are a good non-toxic solution. Therefore, they can be used by chemically sensitive individuals and also in environmentally sensitive areas. All you need to do is place the nematodes in the infested areas, and they will kill the termites, leaving none alive.  Moreover, they also feed on the eggs, thus preventing any future infestations. 

For more information about these and other termite treatment methods, contact a local pest control company.