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. Unfortunately, termites feed and make homes out of your wooden buildings and furniture. In fact, termites tend to move towards damaged wood. In addition, this allows termites to burrow into the fibers of wooden beams, furniture, and drywall. When pests burrow into your wooden structure, they will block off their entry point. Especially identifying termites is 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 treatment is a solution to your wooden surfaces, including timber in garages, attic spaces, and sub-areas. Our barrier treatment is eco-friendly chemicals to prevent termites specifically. So after absorbing the barrier treatment 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 specifically to target termites, any termite attempts to burrow into your structure, killing them on contact.

Inspections

Suppose you have not had a barrier treatment already and believe you may have an infestation. In that case, we recommend contacting our professionals for a detailed inspection. Our specialists will check the structural integrity of your wooden surfaces. Then we will provide options for further treatment.

Local Treatment

This treatment is for different areas of your property. Our professionals can assess whether or not you have dry-wood termites or a subterranean termite infestation. After determining the severity of the infestation, we provide practical and non-invasive treatment.

Structural Fumigation

We recommend 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 homeowners 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

A-1 Bonded Termite inspecting wood

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 for entry points, bubbling paint, and hollow wood. Sometimes an infestation exists without some of these signs on display. So to ensure no occurrences, it’s best to schedule annual inspections with our professionals.

Maintain a Clean Property

Ensure that your property is free of dry rotted wood. Especially dry wood, infesting with fungi, or any damaged wood needs removal. 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. Suppose your property has any leaking faucets, broken A/C units, or exterior damage. In that case, it’s essential to repair 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