What are the signs of termite infestation?
It is difficult to spot termite infestation and it can be too late by the time you find out… If you spotted termites, wings near the windows or doors, and mud tubes near woodwork and walls, it means that you have a termite problem. Under severe conditions, termites might have already eaten away the interior of your woodwork, leaving the exterior looking normal but easy to pierce. It’s definitely time to call termite control!
When is termite high season?
Termites generally appear during Spring with flying swarmers being the most active after a rain shower. They can easily enter your home through cracks, water pipes and the drainage system or simply just fly in. During peak termite breeding season, adult swarmers (responsible for reproduction) would emerge from their nests to search for a location to establish a new colony, shed their wings to mate, and breed in great numbers in a dark and damp environment.
How can I deal with termite infestation?
Do not underestimate a termite infestation and try to deal with it on your own with termite baits from your neighborhood store, pesticides, hot water, fire or smoke because it might only make the situation worse. A termite colony is made up of several galleries, which will present a challenge in having the termites exterminated. It is best to hire a professional pest control company that offers Exterra, Firstline or a specialized solution.
How does a pest control company deal with termites? What is the cost?
Depending on the geographic location of your building and other environmental factors, it is generally recommended that you perform a preventative treatment 3 to 4 times a year. The pest control company will drill holes and inject termite solution in all infested woodwork and spray other woodwork with a lower risk of infestation. All chemicals used in the treatment have been carefully selected to be safe and effective with a minimal impact to the environment. Some pest control companies offer free follow-ups during the warranty period (for example, 4 weeks or 1 year after the treatment).
Depending on the size of your property and treatment time, the cost of termite solution for each treatment can vary and usually range from $1,000 to $8,000. (For Toby's charge, please see above details)
How can I prevent termite infestation?
How can termite infestation be prevented? First of all, you need to have all woodwork chemically-treated and refrain from storing wood in damp places. Secondly, check all wood boards for water stains and mud tubes, remove any sources that will rise the humidity indoors to maintain a dry and ventilated environment, and spray all walls and door frames with pesticide to prevent termites from building colonies. Lastly, hire a professional pest control company to perform regular inspections.