The average U.S. home contains more than 50 species of termites. Termites tend to like warm, humid weather, as well as dark places. In California, we even have subterranean termites. One of the main problems with termites is that by the time you find out you have an infestation, they have already caused a lot of structural damage to your residence.
They have great survival instincts and incredible reproductive abilities. The queen can lay up to 2,000 eggs a day, creating a massive colony in a brief time. Don’t alert termites once you discover them; otherwise, they will transition to another area of the property and continue to spread damage there. If you think you have a termite infestation, your best bet is to call a seasoned California pest service.
Different Products to Eradicate Them
Boric Acid is effective against termites because it damages their digestive system, resulting in death. It is also known to cause damage to the nervous system. You usually mix the acid with water and apply it to areas where you think termites might be. However, be careful with boric acid as it can pose a health hazard for pets and people when exposed. Make sure to read and follow the instructions carefully before using this method or any termite pest control product.
Pesticides can be useful as well but finding and killing termites wandering around outside does not affect the actual colony. One effective insecticide, Termidor, works well because termites are unable to detect it, so they unknowingly carry it back to the colony. The problem with utilizing this type of pesticide is that you may need several hundred gallons of the mix to administer it around the entire perimeter of the property. Applying it incorrectly or coming in contact with it can cause serious health risks. This reason alone is a great impetus to contact a professional termite exterminator. Moreover, not all termites succumb to the same products, and you may end up spending time and money without getting satisfactory results.
Make a Trap for Termites
Making a bait trap for termites is not complicated. Apply pesticide or boric acid to a fresh piece of wood and place it within their reach, perhaps where you saw them last. These types of traps work by enticing foraging termites to grab the bait and take the poison back to the colony.
Do Not Let Termites Win
According to the USDA Agricultural Research Service, “Termites cause nearly $40 billion in damage globally each year and destroy parts of more than 600,000 homes annually in the United States alone.” If you are afraid you might become part of that statistic, it’s time to call the professionals at Pest Pros Pest Solutions.
No matter the pest, no matter the problem, our team can handle it, no questions asked. Call us today at 916-461-1776 for a free full-spectrum pest inspection and to learn more about what kinds of services we offer. Don’t let termites destroy your home. Eliminate them with a simple phone call and consultation.