Termite problems are one of the most anxiety causing pest issues for any home owner. Although these little insects won’t cause you any harm, they may do some serious damage to the investments that you call your home.
There are three different types of termite, and in this article we will be talking about some of the least toxic options in dealing with the dry wood species. They can be identified as such by their appearance as well as their droppings, which we discuss in another article.
Dry wood termites can be found in any type of wood, whether wet or dry. They are much more divers in their habitat preferences than damp wood termites, though less aggressive than subterranean. As a result of their flexibility, they can be very hard to treat. Traditionally a house where dry wood termites have been found is subjected to tent fumigation; the house is closed to the family and poison applied in great quantities until all the termites are dead.
Like other forms of toxic control of pests, though, this type of fumigation poses some big problems as far as impact on human health and that of other species. In this article, we will take a look at the least toxic ways of treating dry wood termite problems.
Temperature controls. Termites are fairly susceptible to temperature range, and can only thrive at a specific temperature range. Any hotter or any colder, and they die. Recent technological developments have meant that temperature treatment for termites is now possible. As with fumigation, a pest control company will come in with the necessary equipment. Unlike fumigation, the equipment will not spread poison about your home. Instead, liquid nitrogen is used to decrease the temperature in the house, or heat is applied within the “tent” to broil them.
Electro Gun. This is a patented device that uses high voltage, low amp electrical currents to treat termites. It is fairly recent although more and more pest control companies are taking advantage of it as a non chemical alternative to termite treatment (and it won’t zap your home electronics either!).
Spot treatment. This means finding the areas of most activity and dealing with the termites you find there. It is time consuming and you also need to be very thorough, checking your home carefully several times to ensure that you have destroyed all the termites.
Borate based treatments. Borax treatments are chemically based, but borax is a very mild toxin. The substance is applied with a brush, in a similar manner to paint. Again, individual inspection is required in order to determine where exactly the termites are living and where they are most active.