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Termite Spray - Should You Use It?

If you recently came across evidence that your home has termites, or you're just interested in preventing a problem before you have it, you're probably pretty concerned. One option that many homeowners choose is termite spray. However, there are many sprays on the market, with varying levels of effectiveness and methods of application. It can be hard to know whether to spray, what to spray, and when to do it. Let's take a look at your options, and see what you should do if you suspect you have termites.

Termite control products are becoming more readily available, and there are a lot more of them on the market. After all, the more homes we have, the greater our need for good termite control methods is going to be. Before determining what and how to spray, you're going to need to figure out where your home is infested, and learn what kind of termites you have. Subterranean termites need different treatment than drywood species, and are particularly hard to eradicate.

Once you know where the termites are, you can start looking at different kinds of termite spray. Liquid treatments sprayed in the area where termites are traveling are one option. They need to be applied anywhere termites might enter your home. They're used to create a barrier to keep termites out of the house, and are best used as a preventative. If you find termites in the yard, but not in the house, this kind of treatment might be worthwhile.

Direct treatments for drywood termites can include borates. This substance lasts a long time, is toxic to most insects, and can be applied directly to wood. It'll keep termites from eating any piece you treat, and will deter them from colonizing. However, every piece of wood has to be treated, which can be difficult. After all, it's hard to reach your home's structural supports to coat them with any kind of chemical.

Dry foam termite sprays are used to fill cracks where termites may be living, and keep them from coming into your space. This substance doesn't add moisture to the structure, which is a bonus. After all, termites love damp spaces, and need that moisture to live. If you eliminate it, your chances of avoiding an infestation could be much higher. Seal all cracks around your home and keep wood off of the ground. Subterranean termites can enter your home by building tunnels inside wooden pieces that are in contact with the earth.

No matter what kind of termites you have, and whether you're trying to deal with an existing infestation or prevent a new one, termite spray could help. However, you should make sure you talk to an expert before using a product of this kind. He or she can give you good advice on what to use and what not to use, as well as how to apply it. Check out all your options before using any kinds of chemicals to combat termites.

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By Frank Reece. Page last modified Nov. 10, 2008.

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