Gato Termite Control
Every year, termites are responsible for billions of dollars in damage to structures like homes and office buildings. Due to their nesting habits and lifestyles, many infestations go unseen until noticeable damage has been done to the building. This is why pretreatment and thorough termite control services are critical to the longevity of the home. If you suspect termites or are looking for a preventative treatment to make sure it doesn’t happen, Gato Guard can help.
Types of Termites
Some individuals may not be aware that there are several types of termites. This means that not all termite infestations are created equal. A home or building’s termite control or termite protection treatment will vary based on the type involved.
The main types of termites are:
- Subterranean termites, including Formosan termites. Subterranean termites are among the most prevalent and destructive type. They make their home in the soil, which creates risk for any building featuring wood that comes in direct contact with soil.
- Drywood termites are the second biggest cause of damage after subterranean termites. As the name suggests, drywood termites find their homes in sound, dry wood which is free of excess moisture and decay.
- Dampwood termites are less common. As indicated by the name, dampwood termites nest in moist and often decaying wood that comes in direct contact with soil. They are typically much larger than subterranean termites.
Pretreatment is an important consideration for any home or building. As opposed to post-treatment when termites are already present, pretreatment is a preventative measure to keep a building termite-free. The most popular and effective pretreatment method is treating the soil below concrete slabs, crawlspaces, and other areas where a building’s structure meets soil. This technique takes place during the construction of the home and acts as the ultimate termite prevention method.
Unfortunately, not all homes receive pretreatment. When termites have already penetrated the home, it’s important to hire a professional to make sure the infestation is treated at the source. There are varying treatment methods which will depend on the type of termite as well as the nature and scope of the infestation.
Termidor Liquid Treatment
Termidor is a special type of termiticide and insecticide that is applied around the exterior perimeter of the home or along the foundation’s walls. This powerful substance can eliminate termites on contact, as well as after it is consumed by colony members. Termidor treatment exists in both a liquid and dry form, which allows it to be used to treat all three major types of termites.
In severe cases of infestation, fumigation may be needed. Fumigation may last 24 to 48 hours, during which the home is tented with tarp and fumigant is administered to penetrate deep into the home’s structures. Termite fumigation must be performed by a qualified termite control professional.