How long a termite treatment will last vary dependant on the treatment type, the kinds of materials and chemicals used, and who performs the install. That being said though, it is good termite barrier preparation and regular checks that will provide the best protection from damage to your home.
Typically most termite treatments where liquid on soil is used when properly applied will last around five to eight years. If you have had previous issues with termites in your home, you can expect bait traps to work for around a year with occasional checks from your pest controller.
What Has An Effect on the Effectiveness of Termite Control?
The type of termite common to your area may affect the kind of treatment we recommend. Usually, two types of termites can be found in suburban homes and these are subterranean and dry wood termites. The subterranean termites can usually be found living in the soil around your home, so for this type of termite liquid on soil treatment is the most effective to prevent any damage to the structure of your house. The other type of termite known as a dry wood termite not only eats the wood but will create burrows and a series of tunnels throughout wooden structures so they can be difficult to eradicate once settling in. Prevention of them entering the home is the best measure of control to date. Our team can identify the type of termite you are dealing with and determine the best course of action if you have a current infestation.
Additionally, the environment in and outside of your home can factor into how long your treatment will last. The condition of your house may affect how well and how long a treatment will work. When dry wood termites burrow into wooden structures eliminating them can be tricky at points where wood is not easily accessible. Where a pest controller can reach all wooden structures, a treatment will be much more effective and last much longer.
What Can I Do to Protect My Home From Termites?
While it is important that all checks and treatments are done by a qualified pest controller, there are things that you can do to ensure the best level of protection against termites in your home. Even with comprehensive termite treatments, you must remove potential food sources and discourage termites from setting up shop. Here are some things you can do to help protect your home:
Remove any food sources in or around the home: If you have firewood stored away try your best to keep this at distance away from the home when not in use. Get rid of any wood debris or lumber lying around, and consider using termite-resistant materials for decking and fencing.
Remove any moisture in the home: If you have any problem areas for moisture such as leaky fixtures in walls, if not possible to fix yourself it is best to have this attended to by a professional. Termites love moist areas so keeping the soil and wood as dry as possible will help prevent them from moving in.
Lastly, do regular checks around your home: Keep an eye out for any obvious changes. Also schedule regular inspections for your home as proper prevention of termites is much easier and less costly than trying to eradicate them once they are there.