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Which Termite Treatment Method is Best for You?

May 2, 2017


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Termite swarm season is upon us, which means that South Florida residents are at an elevated risk of having a termite infestation. Unfortunately, for some, it is too late for prevention.  But if you are one of the many South Floridians currently struggling with termites in your home, then you came to the right website! Today I will analyze the various termite treatments available so that you can make an educated decision about which is best for you!

In South Florida, homeowners have to deal with subterranean termites and drywood termites, and these two kinds of termites require drastically different treatments. But today we are going to focus on the subterranean termite.

Subterranean termites live in the ground under and around your home. They construct mud tubes to reach their food sources. To detect them, notice swarms by the windows during springtime, and look for brownish mud tubes along foundation walls, support piers, sill plates, floor joists, etc.  Have a professional confirm the identification before you proceed to treatment options.

Even though subterranean termites are the more ‘aggressive’ of the two, preventative treatments are fairly simple and quite effective.  Termicide treatment is the standard for preventing subterranean termite infestations. Since subterranean termites travel on the ground level, they can be prevented by having a professional apply termiticide around the perimeter of your home; the termiticide will quite literally ‘stop them in their tracks.’  Nozzle Nolen provides a Termidor treatment, which is our version of the preventative termiticide treatment.  Using an incredibly advantageous termiticide called Termidor enhances our termiticide treatment. Termiticide works by killing termites upon contact, and Termidor is the most effectual liquid termiticide available because it is undetectable by termites. Since they can’t detect it, they won’t avoid it or go around it.  In addition, Termidor is pet-friendly and environmentally conscious.

If you already have an infestation of subterranean termites, then the most common practice treatment option is a baiting system. The baiting system is a non-invasive method in which bait is used that the termites will find and take back to their colony where the bait will then kill the rest of the colony. Nozzle Nolen offers an advanced termite baiting system, in which a series of steps is implemented, that ensures complete subterranean termite removal within 120 days. For the first step, the technician will place bait stations with an inactive ingredient, which functions to monitor the subterranean termite presence around your home. After some time, your Nozzle Nolen technician will return to inspect the bait stations and determine if there is a subterranean termite infestation and how severe it is.  At this time, the technician will replace the cartridge for one with an active ingredient. When the termites eat and share the new bait cartridge with the rest of the colony, the termites will start to die, and soon the entire colony will have died off. The technician will continue to repeat these steps until they are certain that the subterranean termite infestation has been completely eradicated.

If you are interested in our termite treatment options or in scheduling a free inspection, give Nozzle Nolen a call today!




 

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