What Insecticides Are Effective When Treating A Termite Infestation?

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Termites are one type of pest you cannot ignore. Termites can cause damage to your home that is very expensive to repair. If your home has a termite problem, you must have the infestation treated as quickly as possible by a professional exterminator. Several treatment methods can target termites wherever they are.


Fumigation involves the use of an insecticidal gas to kill termites. You will have to vacate your home before the fumigation process. While fumigation will kill all the termites in your home, it will not prevent them from returning.

Liquid Insecticide

An exterminator will spray a liquid insecticide around the perimeter of your home to kill any termites who try to burrow through the ground. However, the fluid cannot reach every area, and you may need other methods.

Insecticidal Foam

An insecticidal foam can reach areas that the liquid cannot reach. Unlike other treatments, foam is often used inside the home. When sprayed into a particular area, the foam expands and fills the space to target hard-to-reach areas and kill termites.

Insecticidal Dust

In some cases, the foam isn't practical. Then, the exterminator will apply insecticidal dust. The exterminator sprinkles the dust in an area where the termites crawl. They then carry the insecticide back to the nest as it attaches to their bodies. 

Professional Treatments Applied By Exterminators

You might want to apply insecticides yourself. However, it can be challenging to do so effectively. Also, you'll need to use insecticides that are safe for your family. For instance, some termite treatments are safe for pets, and others aren't. Some insecticides can hurt plants. A termite exterminator can help you determine which treatment would be the most suitable for your home. 

Slow-Acting Treatments

Insecticides used to eliminate termites usually aren't fast-acting. Instead, the termites carry the insecticide around and infect other termites. The poison then eventually stops the nest.

Fast-Acting Treatments

Other insecticides are fast-acting. It's important to consider whether this would suit your needs. Sometimes, a fast-acting insecticide will cause a large number of termites to pile up near the bait, and this will deter other termites from consuming the bait. As a result, it will become less effective over time. But when your home is adequately treated, you can quickly eliminate your termite infestation. Fortunately, regardless of how bad the infestation is, there is a way to stop it if you contact the right services and use the right tools.

For more information on termite extermination, contact a professional near you.

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Do Your Best. Get Rid of Pests. Having pests in your home is more than just annoying. Many of the common pests that invade homes are actually dangerous. Rats can bite young children, spreading serious diseases like leptospirosis and salmonella. Cockroaches can spread E. coli, and many people are allergic to proteins in their bodies. Regardless of which pest is bothering you, it is important to get rid of it as soon as possible. Pest control companies can do a lot of this work, but it is also important to be informed. After all, you are the one who lives in your home and needs to take preventative measures against pests every day. Learn the basics here on this blog, and put them to use.