For many homeowners, finding effective natural methods for exterminating termites is a top priority. However, most natural termite control methods are simply not as effective as professional termiticides to control existing infestations. In addition, most termite control products on the market today are safe, effective and environmentally friendly. Below is some information about the benefits and drawbacks of some of the most popular natural termite control techniques in use today.
Do Natural Termite Control Methods Work?
There are many natural termite control methods available to homeowners. Certain types of wood, for example, are not easily digestible by termites. Using woods such as bald cypress, red cedar, black walnut, and Pacific yew to build your home, therefore, can help protect it against termite infestations. The drawback of this is that these woods can be much more expensive than other timber, and it does you no good if you’ve purchased a home that is already built with other, more termite-friendly wood. Another natural prevention technique is to inject water containing nematodes directly into termite colonies. Nematodes are microscopic worm-like creatures that infect termites with a bacteria that will kill them within just a few days. Although this method can be effective in reducing a small number of termites in the short term, it is not a viable long-term solution for controlling an entire termite colony.
Are Chemical Termiticides safe?
Gone are the days of toxic pesticides that can be harmful – or even fatal – when ingested by humans or pets. Many chemical termiticides used today are actually safer than a lot of the chemicals you already use in your home and yard. In fact, some of the most effective termite control products require only a “caution” warning label under Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards. Caution is the lowest EPA label warning, which means these products pose very low risk of danger to any humans and pets that may come in contact with the substance.
The best way to get rid of termites for good is to hire a professional exterminator to conduct an inspection, determine the extent of the infestation and recommend the most effective treatment. For more information about natural termite control or to receive a FREE termite inspection from the experts at Action Termite Control, call (877) 556-4131 now.