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Termites are a pest that you do not always know about until they have caused a considerable amount of damage to your property. They chew on the wooden structures in your home but the process is fairly slow. The problem is that the damage is done to the inside of the wood so you are not always aware of it until floors began to bevel or window frames become loose.
There are some signs of termite activity that you can look out for. You may see termite tunnels around your property or you may notice the presence of termite droppings. One of the best ways to ensure that you are aware if you have a termite problem is to hire a Suffolk County Exterminator to carry out regular inspections. If a termite problem is discovered there are different types of pest control treatment that can be used.
Using a liquid barrier pest control treatment
This type of pest control involves the injection of a liquid pest control product into the soil that is around and under your home. Termites die when they come into contact with the barrier, thereby preventing them from gaining access to your property.
This pest control option can work well if you need a quick solution to your termite problem; but it can be quite invasive. If concrete is part of the structure of your home, or you have concrete around your property, it may need to be drilled in order to provide access to the soil. Obviously, this can be a disruptive process.
Using baits to alleviate a termite problem
It may be that the laying of baits is a more successful remedy for your termite problem in the long term. It takes longer for the process to work, as the termites have to find and chew on the baits; but it's effective. It's worth noting that the use of baits is sometimes a more expensive pest control treatment.
This extra expense comes from the fact that baits need to be laid and replaced more often than barrier treatments have to be revisited. There also need to be regular checks on the effects of the baits on the termite population.
If you want to try to reduce the risk of a termite infestation in your home then you should make sure that all holes and gaps in the exterior walls of your property are filled in. You should also not store wood close to your property or on the ground. No matter what, there is always a chance that termites might find their way into your property. This is why it's so important that you have your home inspected for termites on a regular basis, especially if you live in an area which has a large termite population and where infestations are common. If you have any suspicion that termites are present in your property you should speak to a pest control professional straight away.