How You Can Control Termites

Termites are small insects that feed on wood and can cause serious damage to your home. If you suspect that you have a termite infestation, you should act quickly to prevent further damage and costly repairs.

Here are some measures you can take to control termites and protect your home.

Identify the Type of Termites

There are different types of termites, such as subterranean, drywood, dampwood, and Formosan. Each type has different characteristics, behaviors, and signs of infestation. For example, subterranean termites live in the soil and build mud tubes to reach the wood above ground, while drywood termites live inside the wood and leave behind piles of frass (termite droppings). Knowing the type of termites can help you choose the best pest control treatment.

Inspect Your Home for Signs of Termites

Look for visible signs of termite activity, such as mud tubes, frass, wings, holes, cracks, or sagging floors. You can also use a screwdriver or a knife to tap on the wood and listen for a hollow sound or see if it crumbles easily. You can also hire a professional termite inspector to conduct a thorough inspection of your home and identify the extent and location of the infestation.

Choose a Termite Treatment Method

There are various ways to treat termite infestation. Some common methods are:

Liquid Insecticides

Liquid termiticide chemicals are added to the soil around and under the base of your home. They create a barrier that kills or repels termites. Some liquid termiticides are non-repellent, meaning that they do not deter termites but instead infect them with a slow-acting toxin that they spread to their colony.

Bait Systems

These are devices that contain a termite-attracting substance that is laced with a toxicant. They are placed in strategic locations around your home where termites are likely to feed. The termites consume the bait and carry it back to their colony, where they share it with other termites, and the toxic substances in the bait eventually kill them.


This is a process that involves covering your entire home with a tent and filling it with a gas that kills all termites inside. This method is usually used for drywood termites that are widespread throughout your home. Fumigation requires you to vacate your home for several days and remove plants and pets. You may also have to remove or seal any medications or food.

Heat Treatment

This termite control process raises the temperature of your home to a level that kills termites. This treatment is often used for drywood termites that are localized in certain areas of your home. Heat treatment requires you to remove or protect any heat-sensitive items in your home, such as electronics, candles, or paintings.

For more information about controlling termites, contact a pest control company in your area.