For Virginia homeowners, handling termite problems are a year-round ordeal. Our spring and summer weather allow for termite colonies to spread, breed, and reproduce, often within the walls of your home. Termites can survive inside heated homes when the temperatures outside drop. While termites living in colder weather become less active, they won’t die unless the temperatures fall below 25 degrees, which means termite colonies outdoors may still be a risk once spring arrives. With most Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Newport News and surrounding homes being made with at least some wood, you can be sure that termites will target your home if you don’t protect it with an effective termite control plan.
Liquid Treatments—the Most Common Treatment Approach
How do Liquid Treatments Work?
A liquid treatment involves digging a two- to six-inch deep by four- to six-inch wide trench around the foundation of the home. Where there is concrete abutting the foundation, holes are drilled into the concrete to get to the soil underneath the concrete or pavers, unless it is a post-tension slab. The chosen material is then placed into the trench or injected under the slab through the drill holes. The material will travel into the soil to target the termites, since that is where the desert subterranean termite comes from.
Effectiveness of Liquid Treatments
The effectiveness of liquid treatments is determined by the type of material chosen and how the treatment is applied by the pest management professional. Non-repellants are the best materials to use as they cannot be detected by the termites. With non-repellants, the termites unknowingly get into the material and share it within the colony. This liquid treatment leaves a residual that can effectively protect a home from termite activity for a period of several years after treatment.
Tips to Prevent a Termite Infestation
Moisture attracts termites. They need a lot of water to survive, so they need to be in moist environments. You can keep termites away from your home by ensuring that here are no attractive sources of moisture.
Your crawl space should be well-ventilated, and moisture proofed. You should install drainage to keep pools of standing water out of your yard. Check your plumbing to make sure you have no pipe leaks. Get rid of any and all moisture, and you will drastically reduce the chances that you’ll get termites in your home.
Get a Termite Treatment
You don’t need to wait until you see termites to treat your home for them. In fact, by the time you see termites, your home has likely already suffered extensive damage. Therefore, you should hire a local exterminator to implement a preventive treatment to keep your home safe from these destructive pests.
Termites pose a serious threat to your home. You need to take preventive action to protect your property and your family. Work with a pest control expert to get preventive treatment that will protect against termites and other common Virginia pests.
Areas with Warm Winters Are at Risk for Year-Round Termites
If you have spent any time in the Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Newport News areas that seasons can change in a day. In other words, places like Hampton Roads where it can have spring like weather in January. In these areas’ homeowners must take preventative measures year-round.
Having a termite inspection one time per year in a region that generally stays in the top ten termite infested areas in the country could be concerning to some experts. Typically, a termite colony can eat 2 feet of 2×4 in a year. Universal Pest & Termite suggest asking for an inspection two times per year.