August 08, 2018

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Termites

 

We've done a couple articles about termites here at Pedchem, and for good reason: They're destructive pests. That's why they're the Pest of the Week. These tiny home invaders cost homeowners and businesses thousands of dollars in damages each year across the country. In fact, they cause more damage in a single year than all the severe storms combined. If you don't take care of an infestation right away, you're going to spend thousands repairing the damage in the future.

What Do Termites Look Like?

Termites have a similar body shape and size as ants do. In fact, many people misidentify the two pests and try to treat termites with ant control products. Using the wrong products will make the termite infestation worse over time. When identifying termites, inspect their heads. They have bigger heads than ants and also a wide section connecting the thorax and the abdomen.

How Did I Get Termites?

You're not alone in your battle with termites. These pests invade wooden structures in rural and urban areas. If you have exposed wood anywhere on your property, you're inviting termites from all around. It's best to use treated wood when building fences and structures and also pretreating construction sites to prevent termite infestations and to stop the damage before it occurs.

How Can I Get Rid of Termites?

You'll have to treat the nest with the right termite control products if you want to get rid of these pests. Depending on the severity of the infestation, you may have to drill into the wood to treat the termites directly. Creating a trench around the affected area is also a way to treat termites with a liquid solution. Making sure that wood doesn't contact the ground is helpful to prevent subterranean termites from infesting the structure.

A DIY Termite Control Program

  • Do a thorough inspection of your property.
  • Make sure to identify the pests correctly.
  • Invest in termite control products such as baits and sprays.
  • Keep mulch from touching your home.
  • Use treated wood when building on your property.
  • Don't allow wood to contact the ground.

Termite colonies expand and spread on properties each mating season. It's important to eliminate these pests at the first sign of an infestation to prevent costly damage. With the termite control products at Pedchem, you can kill the termites and prevent a future infestation on your property.


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