Drywood termites are one of the most common types of termites in Arizona because they thrive in conditions with less humidity than is required by other termite species. The easiest answer to the question of how to kill drywood termites is to enlist the help of a professional exterminator. However, the tasks of detecting and preventing termites often fall to the owner of the property with a termite infestation. Here are some suggestions for drywood termite treatment that have a good chance of preventing termite infestation completely or stopping a new infestation in its tracks.
Put Up a Chemical Barrier
A chemical barrier is a useful way of keeping termites from entering your property and setting up colonies. The liquid or crystal chemicals are placed in a ring around the home. They give off fumes that repel termites, but that are undetectable to humans and most pets. When used correctly, chemical barriers are generally a safe and effective way of preventing a termite infestation.
Get Rid of Termite Food Sources
If you store cut wood or lumber near your home, consider moving it to an aluminum shed or other sealed area away from wooden structures on the property. Large caches of wood attract termites and provide food for them. Once termites have found their way to your property, it is much more likely that they will make their way into your home.
Seal Entrance Points
Before termites can set up a colony in your home, they need to get inside. Keep termites out by sealing all entrance points, especially ones that lead to basements or other cool, dark and damp areas which provide inviting habitats for termite growth.
Lay Bait Traps
Bait traps can stop termite infestations in their infancy. Termites carry bait back to their nest where it poisons other termites in the colony. Be sure to check if the bait you are using is safe around children and pets before placing it in your baiting stations.
A professional exterminator will have the most thorough answer to the question of how to kill drywood termites. However, there are several simple steps that even laymen can take to kill termites in their homes. If you see any signs of a termite infestation, schedule a home inspection from ACTION Termite Control by calling (877) 556-4131 today.