How to Treat Wood for Termites

A-1 Bonded Termite, Inc. is here to give you some facts about these pests and how to treat wood for termites while they are attacking. Termites are known to enter through wooded structures and furniture, having caused an estimated $5 billion worldwide in home damages last year. Termites nest, feed and make a home out of your wooden structures and furniture. Termites tend to gravitate towards damaged wood as this allow them to burrow into the fibers of wooden beams, furniture, and sometimes drywall. When these pests burrow into your wooden structure, they will block off their entry point, which makes spotting them quite challenging to spot with an untrained eye.

To avoid sharing your home with termites, you can reference some of our preventative methods and treatments:

Treatments – Treat Your Wood

Barrier Treatments 

A barrier treaentmt is a solution to your wooden surfaces throughout your property, such as exposed timber in garages, attic spaces, and sub-areas. Our Barrier Treatment is composed of eco-friendly chemicals that are designed to prevent termites specifically, so after the barrier has absorbed into your wooden surfaces, you’re able to have the peace of mind that your family is not in any danger. Since this treatment is designed specifically to target termites, any termite that attempts to burrow into your structure, killing them on contact.

Inspections 

If you have not had a barrier treatment already, and believe you may have an infestation, it is recommended to contact our professionals for a detailed inspection. Our specialists will check the structural integrity of your wooden surfaces and will provide options for further treatment.

Local Treatment 

This treatment is to different areas of your property. Our professionals can assess whether or not you have dry-wood termites or a subterranean termite infestation. After they determine the severity of your infestation, they will provide an effective and non-invasive treatment that has a low environmental impact.

Structural Fumigation 

Recommending this treatment when you have a significant infestation or if your outbreak has spread to inaccessible areas in your home. Structural fumigation is the only treatment method that will eradicate 100% of your termite infestation. Structural fumigation will require home-owners to vacate the premises for up to 3 days, depending on the outbreak.  Homeowners are highly encouraged to follow preventative measures, apply barrier treatments, and maintain regular inspections to avoid a full-blown infestation.

Preventatives – Prevent Termites From Sneaking Into Your Wood

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Routine Inspections

Although termites can be difficult to spot, they have distinct signs when they have infested your home. A1 Bonded Termite Inc. recommends that you inspect the foundation of your home for entry points, bubbling paint, and hollow wood. Sometimes an infestation exists without some of these signs on display, so to ensure that you do not have an outbreak, it’s best to schedule an annual inspection of your property with one of our professionals.

Maintain a Clean Property

Ensure that your property is free of dry rotted wood, wood that is infesting with fungi, or any damaged wood. These are beautiful nesting places for these destructive pests. It is also beneficial to have your firewood stored approximately 20 feet away from your home.

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As mentioned before, damaged wood is attractive to termites. If your property has any leaking faucets, damaged A/C units, or exterior damage, it is imperative to repair these as soon as possible as these areas can lead to wood rotting.

Sources:

Potter, Michael F. (2018 September 13) Termite Control: Answers For Homeowners – https://entomology.ca.uky.edu/ef604

Miller Dini M. (2010 March 1) Signs of Subterranean Termite Infestation – https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/444/444-501/444-501.html

EPA Termites: How To Identify And Control Them https://www.epa.gov/safepestcontrol/termites-how-identify-and-control-them