If you want to treat your home or property for termites, you are probably wondering how long the treatment will last. This is an important consideration since you want to ensure that your home is protected against termites for as long as possible.
This article will describe the two most common termite treatments and how long each of them lasts.
Baiting systems need to be maintained yearly
Baiting systems for termites are an effective way to prevent termites from reaching your home from other areas. Bait systems also contain an effective poison that termites take back to their nest. Once in their nest, the poison will gradually kill off its inhabitants, including the queen. But the process can take weeks or even months to discover and eradicate a nearby termite nest.
Termite baiting systems don't have a set time limit. How long they last depends on you and your pest control company. This is because you need to maintain termite baiting systems year-round. In general, your pest control company will visit your property several times per year to check the traps for termite activity.
And your pest control company will also need to restock the termite bait stations with bait, which is usually wood or a paper-like material that contains poison.
If you fail to maintain or monitor baiting stations, they will quickly become useless and no longer serve to protect your home from termites. If you live in a heavily infested area, it's a good idea to maintain and monitor a baiting system year-round.
Liquid treatments last about five years
Liquid termite treatments usually last about five years on average. This type of treatment is usually placed into the soil around the foundation of buildings and houses to prevent subterranean termites from invading from the soil. This treatment involves digging a trench around the perimeter of a building before applying the liquid treatment.
Once applied to the soil, the liquid treatment prevents termites from traveling through the soil to a building. Unfortunately, liquid soil treatments can fail in some situations. For instance, if your landscaping practice disturbs the soil around your home, this could damage the barrier and leave the way open for termites.
Heavy rain and flooding and construction can also damage liquid soil barriers, reducing their lifespan. The best way to ensure that your termite soil treatment remains effective is to hire a pest control service to monitor the treatment bi-annually or annually.
For more information, contact a termite control professional today.