Five Ways to Get Rid of Termites

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Getting rid of termites starts with inspections and continues with making sure there's no wood to earth contact before having it treated by a qualified company. Discover five ways to get rid of termites, including checking for pooling water, with tips... View Video Transcript

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Trevor Clark

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Hi, I'm Trevor, with Monster Pest Control. We're located in American Fork, Utah. We're talking about how to rid your home of insects. The topic, is 5 ways of getting rid of termites, or helping your house be rid of termites. Most importantly, is an inspection. When you do an inspection, have a professional come out. Check the house, to make sure any of the wood has not been eaten. Generally, in areas that are open, such as this, that we can see what's going on. Another way, is making sure when you come down, like down to the floor areas, that you're checking to see if there's any frass, or markings from termites, and those markings generally will look like dirt, brought up along the edge, and they flare out, and that's where the colony is basically hanging out, and being inside the wood, wood to earth contact. Here, well basically, we have wood against concrete, which is fine, which we'll take outside in just a moment, to show you about making sure you have no wood to earth contact. Moisture is a killer, also for homes and termites, is making sure that everything is dry. Utility rooms, washer and dryer, all your plumbing, make sure you don't have any drips. Those can cause termites to come into the house. Now, let's go outside and take a look out there, to see some other ways of getting rid of termites. We're outside now. We're still talking about the termites, and a couple of things to watch out for. When you walk around your home, make sure you have no wood to earth contact, where the wood is basically touching the dirt, right up against your home. Also, if you notice here, someone has put this piece of wood here, so when the water doesn't splash down on to the house, which is another problem too, is as water gets onto this wood, termites are going to come up and eat this wood, so always make sure you remove these kinds of items, away from the house, as far away as you can. No wood piles next to the home. Those can cause termite issues and problems. Water is an issue on the outside. Make sure you have no pooling water. The earth is dug out right here, that you can actually get, and pool that water, which can be a real problem. Termites do an estimated, over what fire, flood, damage, in one year, and one termite colony could eat this whole piece of wood, in about six to eight months, time frame, so make sure that you have it always inspected. Treat it if necessary, and when you treat it, make sure you have a qualified company to come out, treat the house. They'll use what they call a trench and rod. They'll trench along the house, and treat down into those areas. Slabs, they'll drill the slabs, put the material down underneath where the slab is, and treat that. A lot of times you can actually do a partial treatment, which is when you find termites in one area of your home, you can have just that area treated, and that will generally take care of any problems or issues, that you have, depending on what state or what location your home is in.