One of the quickest and most effective ways to stop a subterranean termite infestation in its tracks is the chemical barrier. The concept behind this control method is fairly straightforward. A pest control pro will inject termiticides in the ground surrounding your home, and this will create an impenetrable barrier that will either repulse termites when they approach it, or it will kill them, effectively cutting off your home from the termite colony.
How chemical barriers are installed
Before a chemical barrier is installed, a pest control professional will perform a termite inspection to ensure that the species responsible is subterranean. In some situations, the infestation in the home is caused by drywood termites, which have no connection to the ground and are not affected by a chemical barrier. Some pest control companies will remove the termites in the home before installing the barrier, while others will not, because the barrier effectively cuts off the colony from the home, and this will eventually lead to the death of any termites that are indoors.
With the initial steps out of the way, it’s time for the installation process. The pro will dig a trench around the building that is deep enough to expose the footings of the home. Termiticide is then injected into the trench. Some termiticides are repellents, others will kill the termites when they come into contact with the barrier, and some will be slow-acting, which ensures that the termiticide is spread from termite to termite, which will eventually destroy the entire colony.
The termiticide used will also influence how long the barrier will last. On average, you can expect a chemical barrier to keep your home safe from subterranean termite infestations for at least eight years. Some companies will also offer warranties with their installations.
Would you like to know more about chemical barriers
Chemical barriers can stop a subterranean termite infestation very quickly, and end the damage that these insects cause to the home in a matter of days. If you have any questions about chemical barriers, you can give us a call and we will clear them up for you. We also offer termite control services that range from chemical barriers to fumigation. If you would like to know more about our services, or schedule a termite inspection, contact us today.