In the United States, termite control is in high demand. After all, these destructive pests eat their way to around $5B in property damage every year. Termite spray is one of the most popular remedies that homeowners turn to, but does it actually work? Action Pest Exterminating investigates.
It’s probably no coincidence that the word “termite” is a close relative of “Terminator”. These insects do not stop, feeding night and day without cessation. Only one state (Alaska) is termite-free – for the rest of the Union, preventive pest control is vital. A termite colony can grow to as many as one million insect workers, which collectively can devour more than 100 pounds of wood annually.
How does termite spray fare against such a voracious adversary? First off, termite spray, like many forms of pest control, is best described as a “localized topical application”. This is a fancy way of saying that it’s only applied to visible termites. Termite spray is not effective in treating walls, a basement, or anything else comprising a structure. Thus, it is not a viable option for controlling a termite infestation.
Termite spray comes in two types: repellent and non-repellent. The latter is mostly undetectable by termites, whereas the former is detectable. This means that if you spray a baseboard with repellent spray and miss a spot, the termites will alter their course so that they always use the unsprayed route.
Experienced pest control companies like Action Pest Exterminating separate termites into two categories: subterranean and drywood. Subterranean termites are the most common termite type – as their name implies, they build nests in the soil beneath a home and travel upwards to feed on wood. The soil provides the moisture they need. Drywood termites, on the other hand, don’t depend on soil for their moisture needs. This characteristic makes it possible for them to enter a home from any direction (above or below) and begin building a nest in wood. Also, drywood termites can be found pretty much anywhere in a house: walls, attic, basement, and everywhere in-between.
Does Termite Spray Work?
Answering this question requires us to view termite spray as one piece of a complete termite treatment solution. When viewed this way, termite spray – while possibly offering temporary relief – does not work as a viable solution to a termite problem.
Pest control services such as those offered by our local exterminator often utilize termite spray as one component in a bigger strategy. We don’t recommend termite spray on its own as a solution, and we don’t recommend termite spray as a DIY solution, for a few reasons. First, and most important, are the dangers involved with an untrained person administering potentially harmful chemicals in a household environment. Then there’s the problem of effectiveness, in the sense that a DIY approach for one type of termite may not work for another. Third is cost: by the time a homeowner finds an effective treatment, his budget might be shot – and all the while his termite problem is only getting worse.
Leave The Spraying (and Everything Else) To Us!
Professional pest control is always a better option than a DIY solution, for a number of reasons. Count on Action Pest Exterminating to take the necessary steps for effective termite control, at a competitive price and in a safe, eco-friendly manner.