Controlling Termites: Termites are a serious issue in most parts of the world. They tend to eat the wood and thus endanger structures and buildings. A very tenacious group of insects, the termites are capable of making themselves a nuisance at all times. But on the good side, termites also help dispose of old and rotting wood too. Thus, they help to keep our surrounding clean and tidy. There are primarily three ways in which termites are controlled.
- Chemical treatment: Not all termites are the same. And each type of termite requires a different technique to bring them under control. It is common in most of the termite infested regions to apply termite treatment Perth during the construction of buildings to help eradicate these pests. Small holes are bored into the soil and chemical powders and liquids poured into the cavity. This keeps away the termites for a good period of time. When this process is applied to a building after its construction, the holes are placed around the structures and closely spaced too.
- Baiting: In this method, small holes are dug into the soil and feed laced with chemicals placed in them. On feeding on the bait, the termites would return to their nest taking with them the traces of the bait which would, in turn, be applied to the other inhabitants of the colony. This is currently the preferred method of controlling and eliminating the termite colonies. With just a little bit of the right chemical, it is possible to control a large colony of insects.
- Fumigation: This requires the total isolation of the area infested with the termites. A tent like structure that helps isolate the termite colony is set up initially. The fumigant gas is then filled into the space cordoned off by the tent. A slow process; this is best suited for infestations just below the soil and does not need much depth of application. A variant of the fumigation process is the use of hot air or steam.
Thus it is observed that for the best results a method that takes not just the type of termite colony into account but also the physical layout of the colony nests is what brings about the best outcome. The best possible method that keeps the insects under check is the best solution.
The Cost to Society: As the issue of termite infestations is very complex, it is more prudent to count the economic costs that the insects bring up. The need to control and eliminate the termites does bring about a direct cost to the buildings. The consequences of a termite attack are more than the costs incurred in applying anti-termite processes. Thus, most buildings at the start of their construction do apply termite control even if it is the very basic forms. The bigger the building the higher is the cost required to prevent termite infestations. There are a number of professional termite control companies that do a good job on any termite colony. A search of the Yellow Pages would turn up numerous termite treatment Perth that would do justice to the job at hand.