Termite control systems typically come in four types, which are cultural, physical, biological, and chemical.
Cultural control refers to the things we do and how we do it. For example, staying in houses that sit up high, or living in areas where temperature prevents the termites from infestation. Some may even keep animals that consume termites as pets. These are not very common methods as not everyone prefers living in a certain way although they can be very successful.
Physical control is the removal of termite food from the reach of termites. The food would be anything fibrous like timber, cotton, cardboard, and old newspaper. The physical control that is usually taken is by putting a barrier, such as placing slabs in between the ground and the fibrous materials or placing them on stirrups. Another thing that can they can do is to use heat over 45 degrees Celsius or cold of sub zero temperature to deal with these pests where they cannot thrive. As it’s hard to get the fibrous materials at such temperature, people tend to opt for the earlier said method of placing barriers.
Biological control has had little success with termite control. What pest controllers do is that the termite’s natural enemies are released to feed on them. Some of these natural enemies are like birds and ants. Some have used nematodes and fungi as well which may cause the termites to fall ill. In the laboratory setting, such biological control has been successful, although it has not taken off well in the market just yet.
Among all the systems, chemical control would be the least desirable. As chemical control leads to poisoning of the soil, people are taking this option as a last resort. In this form of control, the soil will need treatment from toxic residues, or structure may be surrounded by them while flooding it with toxic gas which can be damaging to the ozone layer. On one of the chemical methods, toxic molecules would bind to the soil particles, which make the dirt difficult to break apart for the termites to tunnel through. Another method is the bait box technique, whereby they fill toxins into a bait, and when a termite feed on it, they will carry it back with them to the colony, which will then infect the others. The spot treatment method is for areas you are definite that termites are infesting on.
The best method would be the integrated termite management, which is just combining parts of each different termite control systems. It should be done after proper planning, followed by the action, monitoring, adapting and reviewing.
As you can see, termite control is not easy. The best thing is to contact pest control experts who have sufficient information when it comes to termite control and will know the most suitable method of termite control in different cases. If you are looking for such a company, consider termite control by detailpestcontrol.com.au. They are a reputable pest control company that aims at creating a pest free environment. Be it your home or business building; they have the solution to any pest infestation problem. Their termite control services are very affordable and reliable. Give them a call today and stay in a pest free environment.