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Best Termite Treatment

Termites are an insect pest that are related to cockroaches, and once established in your home, not only can they can become a serious nuisance, but they can also do serious damage to the wooden framework. Termites like to eat cellulose wood fibers, and they will gut posts, beams, framing and any other type of wooden supports that they can get to. They are difficult to locate initially because they travel in tunnels dug out of the woodwork, and often the only clue you will have of termite infestation is when a post or beam begins to crumble.

Detection is the key here, because if you can't detect them then you can't eliminate them. Termite treatments will be effective at eliminating and/or preventing the problem once they are found. Price will be no object on this list, ease of use and effectiveness will be most important, with a detection factor making it to the top.

However, in many cases, once a termite colony is fully established in a dwelling, the only real treatment is to have them professionally eliminated. The treatments on this list can, in theory, effectively eliminate an entire termite colony. But professional testing after treatment is advised to assure you that the colony has been eliminated, and additional treatments may be required to completely eradicate a termite colony.

Spectracide Terminate Termite Detection and Killing Stakes

If you are suspicious that you may have a termite infestation, use Spectracide Terminate Termite Detection and Killing Stakes. The unique pop-up termite indicators let you know if termites have been feeding on the stakes, and feeding termites will take the bait back into the colony and, in theory, kill off the entire termite infestation. The growth inhibitor, hexaflumuron, is mixed in a cellulose bait that termites feed on. It stops them from molting by disrupting chitin or "skin" production, and without a fresh chitin covering, the termites will perish. Hexaflumuron is one of the safest termite treatments available, considered non-toxic to humans or pets, and coupled with the early warning detection spikes, there is nothing better.

Premise Foam Termiticide Termite Spray

If you know you have a termite infestation, inject Premise Foam Termiticide Termite Spray into the tunnels to, theoretically, kill of the entire colony. The active ingredient is imidacloprid which is a nervous system disrupter. The foam flows through the tunnels and expands, coating the inside of the tunnels completely. When termites come in contact with imidacloprid, either by ingestion or by skin contact, this slow acting substance begins to disrupt their nervous system function. It works over the course of days which allows termites to interact with others in the colony, where the imidacloprid is spread through waste removal, grooming and feeding. In this way, much, if not all, of the colony can be wiped out.

Taurus SC with 9.1 % Fipronil

If you are looking for a concentrate that can be mixed with water and sprayed where termite infestation occurs, Taurus SC with 9.1 percent Fipronil may be the termite treatment for you. The active ingredient, fipronil, is a slow acting nervous system disrupter. When termites come into contact with it, they carry the residue back to the colony where it is passed on to others through waste removal, feeding, or body to body contact. In this way, it is surmised that an entire colony may be eliminated. If you are treating a large building, this is the most cost effective way to do it. It can be sprayed around known termite tunnels, inside of them, and it can also be used as a barrier to stop them from getting into your woodwork. Care must be taken during application to use a face mask and rubber gloves.

Advance Termite Bait System

If you want a professional termite treatment kit that is made for do-it-yourself home use, get the Advance Termite Bait System - Pro Kit (20 stations) + Dominion 2L Termite Bait Systems. It uses the neurotoxin imidacloprid in bait stations that you literally "plant" into the soil around your dwelling. the termites ingest the toxic bait and take it back to the colony. It can, potentially, wipe out the entire colony once the termites begin feeding on the bait. The 20 bait stations allow full coverage of virtually any house or home perimeter, they are made of a sweetened cellulose material that termites naturally are attracted to. It even comes with a tool to open the top of the bait stations to refill or replace them. Although expensive, this is the most comprehensive termite treatment kit available.

Bora Care Natural Borate Termite Control

For termite prevention during and after the infestation has been eradicated, use Bora-Care - 1 Jug Natural Borate Termite Control. In a mix of 1-part water to 1-part Bora-Care, spray all exposed wooden areas and saturate them. If using to control termites, spray into tunnels and around areas where there is known termite activity. Bora-Care is made with borate salts. This ingredient soaks into the wood, and when consumed, it stops the digestion process and the termite literally starves to death. Although it is theoretically possible to destroy an entire termite colony this way, Bora-Care is better used to coat wooden structures to prevent termite infestation. When mixed properly, it will last the life of the wooden structure on to which it is applied.

Dale Y
Dale Y has been writing about home improvement and Do-It-Yourself projects for more than a decade, using his own hands-on maintenance, construction and facilities management experience as a guide. He has covered the gamut by writing about news and views, home and garden ideas, home and business maintenance, and property management. As an offshoot, he had his own sewing machine and small appliance repair business, and can tell an embroidery stitch from a stretch stitch, all the while cooking the best salmon fillet ever on a countertop grill, while making a smoothie in the latest bullet blender. In this capacity, he has used a wide variety of tools and equipment for every need, worked with products ranging from adhesives to solvents, sewed shirt sleeves with a #14 needle and finished leather appliqué with a #18 needle.
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