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How To Get Rid of Termites

A termite infestation in your home can be a stressful experience. Are you concerned your house may be experiencing a termite infestation? The best way to get rid of termites is always to contact a pest control professional like Ehrlich.

Below are just a few of the reasons why it is best to hire a termite control professional:

  • Do-it-yourself termite treatments are mostly ineffective and will not prevent termites from re-infesting your property.
  • Termites are highly secretive creatures that are difficult to identify without specialized training.
  • A properly trained pest control professional will ensure that the termite treatments are applied in the safest manner possible.

The method of treatment an Ehrlich technician will employ to rid a property of termites will depend on the species of termite.

How to get rid of termites in homes

Of course, the last thing you want is to find termites infesting your home. Termites are not dangerous to people as they are not venomous and they do not usually bite people. However, the cost of termite damage can be extensive and can require a lot of money on the part of the homeowner to repair.

Ehrlich's termite control specialists advise that the best way to get rid of termites in a home is  for a homeowner to make preparations around their home to stop termites from finding your property attractive in the first place. This includes:

  • Repair the roof - broken roof tiles can let in moisture and create the perfect environment for termites to start chewing away and setting up their nests.
  • Watch the air conditioner - if you have an air conditioner unit in a window, keep an eye on it. The moisture that drips from an air conditioner can cause the wood around windows to get damp and create an attractive area for a termite infestation.
  • Check the wood around your house - during the spring and summer seasons, termites get the most active and you, as a homeowner, need to get proactive. Take the time to check the wooden beams and exposed wood areas around your house. Press your thumb or fingers against exposed wood and if the wood crumbles, you probably have termites. Catch it early and you can get rid of termites and stop the damage
  • Get rid of boxes - termites love to chew on things like cardboard boxes. If you have a lot of them around your house, you increase the risk of termites finding your home. Store things in plastic boxes instead of cardboard, so if a termite gets inside the attic, they don't start chewing on the boxes.
  • Get rid of wood - you can keep stacks of wood for your fire, of course, but be careful about where you store it. Stacking wood against the side of the house can be a problem and can attract termites to your home.
  • Tend the garden - watch the type of mulch you use in your garden. Use a mulch made from alternative materials like gravel or rubber instead of wood. Make sure mulch is not abutted right against your house.
  • Get rid of moisture - watch for leaking pipes, or any place where there is damp wood.
  • Seal up windows and doors - when termite swarmers come out, they can get inside through broken window screens and doors with cracks and openings. Seal those places up.
  • Inspect wood floors and furniture - termites will chew on any wood they find and not just wooden beams. Check for sponginess on hardwood floors, inspect wooden patio furniture. Check decks and other wooden structures on your property.
  • Get rid of piles of clothing - termites are looking for cellulose and certain fabrics can be just as attractive as wood to termites. Pick up piles of clothes and store them properly and avoid a termite invasion.

How To Get Rid of Subterranean Termites

Subterranean termites live in the soil and enter properties from the ground. Therefore, the soil around a home or business will need to be treated in addition to the termite galleries found inside and outside the structure.

Conventional treatments and termite baiting/monitoring programs are the two primary methods Ehrlich utilizes to get rid of subterranean termites.

Conventional termite treatments

A conventional termite treatment is the application of a liquid termiticide to the soil down to the footer depth around the perimeter of the structure.

Conventional termite treatments will eliminate colonies when worker termites forage into the treated zone in the soil and unknowingly come in contact with the termiticide. In addition to the soil treatment, all termite galleries on the exterior and interior of a home will receive treatment.

Do-it-yourself termite treatments are mostly ineffective and will not protect your home from termites re-infesting the structure in the future.

Termites are highly secretive creatures that are difficult to identify without specialized training.

A properly trained pest control professional will ensure that the termite treatments are applied in the safest manner possible.

Sentricon® Termite baiting and monitoring

Your Ehrlich technician will install termite bait stations into the soil around your home and in areas inside your home where termite activity has been identified.

It is highly recommended that customers keep termite bait stations in the ground after the termite infestation subsides. This will protect your home from future infestations. Once baiting stations are removed, there will be nothing deterring termites from re-infesting your structure.

Service offers customers continuous peace of mind knowing their property will be monitored and periodically inspected for new evidence of termite activity.

Service is less invasive than conventional treatments and does not involve extensive drilling of holes into property.

Service is environmentally friendly as it uses less termite product than other treatment options.

How To Get Rid of Drywood Termites

For drywood termites, the two most commonly recommended termite treatment options are Ehrlich’s fumigation and spot treatment services.

Fumigation - Fumigation is often the most effective way to treat drywood termites. After a fumigation service is carried out, customers can rest assured knowing that the property has been completely cleaned of termites.

It is a fairly invasive treatment option that will require homeowners to leave their property for a few days, pack up food and medicines and arrange for a place for any pets to stay until the treatment is complete.

Spot Treatment Service - The alternative to treating drywood termites with fumigation is a spot treatment service. To conduct a spot termite treatment, a technician will drill into the termite galleries in a structure and inject the application directly into the galleries. A spot treatment will sometimes require the use of a borescope to identify signs of termites in inaccessible parts of a home.

Spot Termite Treatments are less invasive than fumigation but will likely involve the drilling of holes into walls.

To setup a FREE termite inspection, call Ehrlich today at 1-800-837-5520 or contact us online

Termite fumigation

Fumigation is often the most effective way to treat drywood termites. After a fumigation service is carried out, customers can rest assured knowing that the property has been completely cleaned of termites.

It is a fairly invasive treatment option that will require homeowners to leave their property for a few days, pack up food and medicines and arrange for a place for any pets to stay until the treatment is complete.

Termite spot treatments

The alternative to treating drywood termites with fumigation is a spot treatment service. To conduct a spot termite treatment, a technician will drill into the termite galleries in a structure and inject the application directly into the galleries. A spot treatment will sometimes require the use of a borescope to identify signs of termites in inaccessible parts of a home.

Spot Termite Treatments are less invasive than fumigation but will likely involve the drilling of holes into walls.

To setup a FREE termite inspection, call Ehrlich today at 1-877-462-1288 or contact us online.


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