As a homeowner, you may have witnessed firsthand the destructive nature of termites. These insects lurk in the shadows and chew up wood and organic materials. The damage they cause across the country is upwards of $2 billion.
One area that they’re likely to invade is the crawl space. Most of them are open, have wooden supports, and are often damp. Just the right conditions for termites to thrive.
Termiticides are your answer to these pesky insects. Read on to learn about the different types of termiticides and how they work.
What Is Termiticide?
A termiticide is a specially formulated chemical for killing and controlling termites. During home construction, they’re applied to the foundation holes and trenches. Some waterproofing professionals also use them together with waterproofing solutions.
Placing plastic bait stations on the ground is another way of luring termites and preventing a home invasion. Most baits contain food particles, non-toxic wood, and cardboard. Bait solutions will come in handy where liquid treatment application proves difficult or when normal treatments could mean flouting local, federal, or state regulations.
Spot treatments are useful in thwarting and eliminating termites around the home. Pest control technicians can brush or spray them directly on the wood. Their chemicals will infiltrate the wood and get to the underlying fibers, which contain cellulose that termites love.
Termites that eat wood soaked in liquid termiticides will grow sluggish before dying. Because the chemicals are slow acting, the termites will often go back to their nests and transmit the chemical to other termites.
How Do Termiticides Work?
Termiticides are formulated to either kill or repel termites before they invade your home. Termites that come into contact with the chemical can carry it into their colony. Any other termite that comes into contact with it will die. Anytime you apply these chemicals to the crawl space, termites will back up and will die due to dehydration. This will prevent them from forming colonies around your home.
Dealing with Crawl Space Termites
Termites in the crawl space are bad news. Leave them to multiply and they’ll destroy anything made out of wood in your home, including the wooden floor joists. To reduce their interest in your crawl space and the rest of your home, call in a professional to cover any open vents and encapsulate the crawl space with a 20-mil plastic vapor barrier. This material will cut off moisture-laden air from the outside, making the crawl space unattractive for termites. It needs to be applied in such a way that it blocks off areas where termites can enter.
Another thing you should do is to eliminate earth-wood contact. By doing this, you will prevent termites from accessing the crawl space. In addition, you will stop them from chewing your wooden joists.
Remove any wood or carton boxes or organic materials such as mulch that sits close to the crawl space as these provide termites with an easy meal.
Lastly, ensure wood siding, window frames, and doors don’t touch the ground. Ideally, they should be six inches from the earth.
Foam Board and Termites
Many homeowners use foam boards for insulation. Termites can chew right through them and get to the wooden supports in your crawl space. In addition, foam insulation retains moisture and heat, which creates a warm environment for termites to flourish. So, you can’t depend on foam boards alone to tame moisture and the ravenous termites.
What you need is superior insulation that keeps the crawl space dry, at a constant temperature and the termites at bay. ExTremeBloc™ does just that. It has a high R-value and incorporates termiticide, which kills termites that try to chew through it.
Do you have a serious termite problem? We encourage you to contact your local pest control company to find out how best you can eliminate those critters.If you have old, torn, or ineffective insulation, now is the best time to replace it. Contact Complete Basement Systems to schedule a free crawl space inspection and repair quote. We’ll help you seal up the crawl space and insulate it so moisture and termites won’t bother you.