If you’re looking for an army that can attack in total stealth and can quietly inflict so much costly damage, then you would want to take a second look at the Formosan subterranean termite.
Well, you wouldn’t want them near your home, but you may want to read on them a bit and find out how much damage they can cause you if they ever decide to migrate into your home.
Most Destructive Termites
The Formosan subterranean termite got its name from its original habitat in southern China and Taiwan. It has such an invasive and destructive trait that it has been called the Super Termite.
Best Treatment for Subterranean Termites
Subterranean termite treatment needs to begin with prevention. Since these species thrive in moist areas and wooden structures that are in contact with the soil, the best way to prevent them from finding their way into your home is to treat the surrounding soil around your house.
Soil treatment involves the injection of short-lived toxins in the surrounding ground surface and foundation of your home. Mostly, these toxins will have a life span of 5 years. You may want to keep track of dates to keep you aware of how long your soil remains in a toxic state.
Termite Bait Stations
Termite bait stations are also an effective preventive termite treatment. They are drilled into the soil in affected areas or probable entry points of termites. These contain termicidal nematodes that effectively bait subterranean termites.
These baits are toxic and lethal parasites in the form of larvae. The nematodes are ingested by the termites and once they mature, these parasites will kill their termite host and lay eggs for other termites in the colony to feast on. Eventually they will spread and acts a natural defense against termites.
Seek Professional Help
With severe subterranean termite infestations, it is most recommended for you to seek the services of a professional pest control agency. Have them diagnose the extent of infestation and damage to your home and discuss the treatment approach.
Make sure you choose one that stands firm on choosing non-toxic and environmentally safe chemical solutions.
Getting on a head start whenever you buy or rent a home is your best defense against termites. Of course whenever you purchase a home, it is always best to buy a home that has been recently built and certified with termite pre-treatments.
Although older homes may not be as stringent with termite pre-treatments upon selling, there are certain states that require a complete and thorough termite inspection with a mandatory order for the owner to shoulder any termite treatments needed.
Ask your realtor or the home seller for non-toxic treatments such as sodium borate and termite barriers. If you are building your own home you can ask your contractor for professional pre-treatments to be done so ensure that your home remains free from structural weak points for termites to attack.
The bad news about subterranean termite infestation is, once a colony has been established in your area it could be almost futile to eradicate them. They will always keep trying to attack. Your best defense to keep from coming back is to check for vulnerable areas of your home and maintain treatments.