Termite Control Methods
In order to identify a subterranean termite infestation, pest control professionals perform inspections and may employ monitoring stations. These are placed within soil with suspected infestations. After highly active areas are located, bait stations replace monitoring stations. Bait stations contain slow-acting baits that worker termites bring back and feed to the other members of their colonies. In time, several generations within a colony will be killed.
While bait stations are one effective way to treat entire infestations and impact the colony, their results may not be rapid enough to cope with areas experiencing extremely dense populations and severe damage. Conventional liquid insecticides may be used to address problem areas.
Control of termites also involves homeowner assistance by reducing possible termite food sources such as woodpiles and addressing moisture sources. Homeowners may be asked to repair plumbing or roof leaks. This is an important step in controlling an existing infestation as well as preventing future ones.
It is best to employ a variety of pest control methods when addressing a termite infestation. Contact your local pest control professional to discuss your options.