Subterranean termites are shy insects. They forage between your walls and subfloor even in your roof void. Ignoring their presence or under-estimating the damage they cause can be catastrophic.
Everyday insecticide is ineffective. If, following a professional inspection, you choose to treat a termite infestation yourself you’ve three DIY options:
1) Apply termite bait.
Once mixed with bottled water, the termite bait must be placed in the area where termites are most active and left for four to six weeks. It’s crucial to use bottled as opposed to tap water since termites have a highly developed sense of smell. Chemicals and chloride in tap water deter termites defeating the objective of baiting them. Keep refilling the bait until the termites stop feeding. I recommend using Nemesis or Centricon bait.
2) Dust with Termicide.
This treatment requires you to dust termites with termicide. Those dusted infect other members of the termite colony. This requires patience. You need to dust in every place where live termites are located over a two to three week period. I don’t recommend using Arsenic dust (it’s highly poisonous so extreme care must be taken). Use a less hazardous dust such as Premise or Termidor.
3) Insert termite insecticide chemicals into termite nest.
This technique focuses on killing termites slowly within their nest or subnest. It’s crucial to treat the main nest if possible where the queen is located. It’s a highly effective way of eradicating an entire colony and takes approximately six weeks. Once the colony has been killed, it’s important to install a perimeter or subfloor barrier.
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If you decide to carry out a DIY termite Pest Control, I suggest you visit my video tutorials web site. This site will show you practical and real life termite treatment techniques. Even if you do not want to carry out the treatment yourself, watching those videos give you confidence to question your pest controller. I have come across people who trusted unprofessional pest controllers. They unfortunately paid a heavy price for it.