Termite control means exactly how it sounds – the control of termites rather than the elimination of all termites everywhere. Termites (white ants – same thing) have survived on this planet for millions of years and will likely survive millions more given their social survival skills and tenacious characters.
Their ecological role in life is to recycle wood. To them, the wood in your home is little different to a fallen log in a forest.
The key to termite control at your home is establishing boundaries you do not want termites to cross.
Chemical and Physical Barriers are Good Baseline Forms of Termite Control
Termite repellant chemical barriers can provide a protective ‘envelope’ of treated soil before a foundation is laid.
Physical barriers including ant caps on piers, choosing steel frames or timber-resistant timber can reduce the incidence of termite invasion. Annual inspections are recommended for all homeowners because termites can get through any gaps in these barriers or over ‘bridges’ provided by landscaping or additions.
Monitors and Household-Safe Bait System Offer Ongoing Defense Against Termites
Homeowners can buy monitors and household-safe bait systems to control termites over time.
If any termites are foraging around your home, they will find these monitors and begin harvesting the attractive cellulose food inside. That is the time to apply household-safe bait that is fatal to termites.
Workers eat this bait and carry it back to the nest to share with the colony. Termite control is achieved through the elimination of the nest. Annual colonising flights result in new termite nests which can take 3-5 years before they become a significant threat. You need to constantly have termite monitors in place to intercept these new colonies before they find your home.
You may not be able to get rid of the termite threat ‘forever’ but you will be able to kill colonies faster than they can build them.