Subterranean Termite Control
From Dugas Pest Control Serving Southern Louisiana
Dugas Pest Control provides guaranteed effective solutions for subterranean termite control anywhere in our southern Louisiana service area including Baton Rouge, New Orleans, St. Tammany & Lafayette. Call us today for a free estimate and a customized termite elimination plan from one of our termite experts.
The easiest way to control a subterranean termite population in any household, is through prevention. If the home is not already infested with termites, there are significant ways to minimize exposure to the pesky insects.
Subterranean termites have a natural behavior to eat nothing but wood products and usually seek a regular source of moisture. Best practices homeowners can utilize for preventing subterrantean termites include:
- Remove any dead trees or stumps in the front, back or side yards
- Stack firewood away from the home
- Keep all gutters on the house clean
- Make sure the downspouts from the gutters direct all water a good distance away from the foundation
- Pull back any landscaping or mulch that is within 6 inches of the home’s foundation
- Repair all plumbing leaks
- Repair any exterior structural damage
- Avoid any direct ground-to-wood contact especially around decks and porches
- No brick veneer, foam insulation or siding should ever extend below the grade of the soil
In the unfortunate event that termites are found within the structure, it is important to quickly eradicate the colony as significant damage can occur quickly. Many times, the termites will live beneath the floor structure, or behind the walls. Their nests will contain hundreds of thousands if not millions of termites in a single colony.
The damage they can do to the home can be extensive, in a short amount of time.
As a result, the homeowner must hire a pest control company to perform the eradication properly to ensure that all insects have been killed, including the termite larva.
Liquid termiticides such as Termidor have shown proven results when it comes to subterranean termite control. These liquids are used underneath and around the structure where the termites gain access in and out of the home.
Newly constructed homes usually have a full treatment of the graded soil before the concrete slab is poured. Any existing building will require a high number of drilled concrete holes in locations around the perimeter of the structure before the insertion of the termiticides.
The ultimate goal of the insecticide is to create a chemical blanket between the structure and the soil. An insecticide blanket strategy works on the very habits of the termites to transfer the insecticide on their feet and legs into the colony to distribute it to all the other insects. Most of these insecticide chemicals are designed to cause dehydration in the insect, and allow them to die off.
Non-Repellent Termiticides & Baiting Systems
Originally, pest control was based on repellent chemicals that drove the termites away. However, the industry has now developed highly effective non-repellent termiticides, also called baiting systems, which allow the termites to do the work at eradicating themselves from the structure.
Products such as the Sentricon Colony Elimination System are placed in strategic areas where the termites will forage. Unable to detect the chemical in the soil, the termites come in contact with the chemical, transfer it into the colony. Utilizing the effectiveness of the natural tendencies of termites to groom each other, they transfer the chemicals to each other and die.
Understand Your Options
There is a serious problem of subterranean termite control in southern Louisiana that requires the skills of a competent pest control company to eradicate the problem. As a homeowner, you should fully understand your prevention and treatment options.
Call today for a free consultation, and one of our helpful termite control experts will help you understand the differences between liquid and baiting systems, and recommend a solution that is customized for you.