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Texas Termite Control – Termite Extermination
After selecting a Termite Control Professional and assessing your problem, you should receive a complete termite inspection report, along with a work contract and fumigation notice. The documentation will give you a thorough explanation of the work to be performed and the chemicals that will be used. It is best to ask the inspector to speak to you in person about these reports in case you have any questions. This is especially important if you are receiving complete fumigation. The Termite Control Company will provide you with a Fumigation Notice which explains what should be taken from the house, what is acceptable to leave in the house, and how to handle perishable and open food products.
Our Termite Control Company will provide you with state-approved bags for bagging food. Remember to take the dog, cat, bird, and plants. All living things must be removed. As stated earlier, this type of fumigation will take two (2) days. As an added note, if anyone in the family has allergies or breathing problems, you should consult your physician, informing him/her of the chemicals that are being used. They can then determine if this will be harmful to your health.
Moving Back into The Home
Before moving back into your home, a thorough inspection will be performed to ensure that all evidence of the chemicals has dissipated. You will then be instructed how to handle the possessions left in the house. Under normal conditions, washing utensils and dishes is usually just necessary.
Preventive Maintenance for The Homeowner
Now that you have had your home fumigated, you should start implementing some of your own preventive measures to attempt to prevent any more or extensive damage by termites. Remember, your goal is to minimize infestation as much as possible. This will require help from you along with the Termite Control Company. The homeowner’s role in controlling wood-destroying organisms can be wood (i.e. cords, trimmed trees and branches, scraps). This creates a fertile environment for termites. Also, if you have had your home renovated, you likely have cellulose debris under the house. Along with termites, there are other wood-destroying organisms. You will want to ensure there are no hidden plumbing leaks anywhere. Excessive moisture causes fungus, which is a wood-destroying organism. Proper ventilation around the property will assist with preventing excessive moisture. So, along with fumigation, you may want to have a plumber come out and check for leaks in areas noted by the termite inspector. This information will be provided in your Termite Report. Not only is this a problem to the wood, but it can also promote an excessive water bill.
What is a green Termite Exterminator?
A green termite exterminator employs natural, non-toxic or environmentally-friendly methods and ways to treat a termite infestation.
With the rapid proliferation of termite control and treatment methods, the environment has also experienced damage. The early wasteful practices had inevitable consequences on the environment which usually turned out to be long-term effects. With the harsh chemicals poured over the soil, for example, said soil is altered forever.
With the innovation of pest control and treatment methods, termite extermination has become friendlier to the environment. These are so-called green exterminating services. These services recognize the adverse effect to the environment of the old ways of termite extermination.
Some of the greenways that a green termite exterminator uses are:
Use of nematodes
These are microscopic ringworms that, instead of chemicals, are pumped into the ground. The ringworms will eat up the termites when injected or pumped into the infested area. While chemically diluted liquids can cause long-lasting negative effects on the ground or on the soil where it is applied, ringworms are naturally part of the ecosystem and would maintain the balanced soil environment in the area.
Bait blocks made of boric acid
They serve as barriers that the termites will consume and will cause their termination.
The two types of desiccating dust are diatomaceous earth (DE) and silica aerogel. This termite treatment is effectively known to dry out fleas and other ground-crawling insects as well. Desiccation works well with pests that thrive in moist and dark areas. Termite exterminators suck up the moisture from the ground causing dehydration of the termites.
Another way a green termite exterminator uses is to seal up cracks and crevices. This is also removing potential entryways for termites to the woods of the house or other areas susceptible to their infestation.
Green termite exterminators also re-grade the soil in your area for prevention or termite treatment. Soil re-grading is removing a particular soil layer, ensuring that the infested layer is eliminated. Soil re-grading is also done during landscaping and during construction when the soil type is not suitable for the foundation of the structure.
Another green termite extermination employed by a green termite exterminator that is environmentally friendly is called siding, which creates a gap between the soil and wood areas so that termites would be redirected elsewhere.
Tapping and nest excavation is also one way used by a green termite exterminator to preserve the environment while treating termites. Tapping and nest excavation is drumming up the soil or the ground area for termites to come out of their nests. Also, by tapping and nest excavation, the colonies may be dismantled.