Saturday, June 4, 2011

Drywood Termite fumigation treatment

One phrase stands out more than others when it comes to drywood termite fumigation, including the phrase called the hidden enemy, It is called "the hidden enemy" for a reason, termites can stay undetected for a long period of time.  There are various ways to treat drywood termites. You can do spot treatments. This type of treatment includes injecting the wood with a chemical or a foam and is not necessarily full proof.

Another type of treatment stands out more than others as being as close to 100% as possible and that is the drywood termite fumigation treatment. This treatment includes placing tarps over your house, sealing and injecting a chemical gas, this gas will sit in your home for a certain period of time. Usually between 18 and 24 hours and it is capable of penetrating the wood products of your house and killing the existing termites, now remember that the dry wood termites lives in the wood itself and never leaves unless it is time to reproduce and then only the reproductive termite comes out of the colony.

The big problem with Fumigation is the inconvenience to the homeowner and it is very time consuming. You usually have to be out of your house 1 to 2 days, sometimes more. The expense of this type of treatment is somewhat higher than most types of treatment.

I think the most successful type of treatment is the tent fumigation method.

Things to remember when you do a fumigation treatment;

  •  You need to place all your food in plasticbags and seal them up with tape.
  •  You need to remove all animals from the premises.
  • All humans have to be gone.
  • You need to be prepared to stay out of the house for 24 to 48 hours.
  • You should cut back all shrubbery from the house.
Now the good thing about this type of treatment is that it will kill just about any kind of insects inside the residence, but remember, youwill not necessarily kill frogs and lizards so do not use this as a way to determine if the job wasa success or failure.

Do yourself a favor and get more than one estimate or bid when ever you get a drywood termite treatment cost, also ask whoever is doing the estimates or bids to do a dry wood termite inspection and compare with two or three different companies the inspection results,method of treatments and prices.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The 4 different types of termites to know about.

There are many different types of termites that we need to worry about, but basically there are four types in the united states that we should be concerned about. These four types of termites all have two things in common and that is, one they all do damage. And Two is they all eat wood.  
1. The subterranean termite.
This lives below the ground surface anywhere from 1 foot to the 30 feet level, when they enter your home they must come in by building mud tubes, this is why is it is always important to be able to see your slab foundation, by being able to observe your slab foundation you can spot any tubes that come from the ground up the slab and enter into the home.
2. The dry wood termite.
Who unlike the subterranean termite only requires about 3% moisture to survive, so this termite can actually live in the wood without leaving the wood, it has its food source and its water supply in the wood itself. This termite will usually leave droppings and looks like small beach sand or saw dust piling up depending on how big the infestation may be from the. This particular termite usually takes a little longer to detect because it does not leave the area of infestation.
3. The damp wood termites.
For this termite to survive it requires a lot more moisture, 30% or more to be exact that is why you would normally find this termite close to wet wood, detecting the damp wood termite is usually done when there is some sort of structural repair going on.
4. The Formosan termite.
being one of the most destructible the Formosan termite can eat through wood with an alarming amount of speed. The Formosan can actually eat through a piece of wood 2x4x6 in about as much time as a subterranean can eat through a piece of wood that is 1x2x4.

It is usually a good idea to seek some professional help if you think you have a problem with one of the four termites listed above.

Seek out professional pest control help help.

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