Are Subterranean Termites In Bradenton Easy To Get Rid Of?

Subterranean termites are the most destructive termites, not only in Bradenton, but in the entire United States. One reason they are so destructive is that they are elusive. These insects can attack Bradenton properties by the millions without providing a single warning sign.

It is essential to address this pest threat appropriately because if your termite control fails, you may not know it. Today, we're going to look at a few reasons why it isn't easy to get rid of subterranean termites, and how you can use this information to better protect your property. 

Sprays

a termite destroying wood

Many of the methods that residents use to get rid of these wood-damaging pests don't take into consideration the fact that any termites discovered are only a tiny fraction of the termites on the property. The rest are hiding deep under the ground. If you flip a board over and find termites underneath, there are many ways you can kill them.

You can spray them with something toxic. You can create a home remedy to kill them. You can apply a desiccant to dry them out. You can also just squish them. That will have about the same impact as applying a product that is sprayed. Sprayed products are topical agents. They're only going to get termites that are visible, and believe us when we tell you, it is rare to ever see termite workers.

Here are a few facts to consider:

  • A large percentage of the termites in a colony never see the sun and never feel the air on their little faces. They avoid coming out of their tunnels. Why? Because termite workers dry out easily. If you spray an area hoping that termites will come out and crawl through it, you're going to be disappointed.

  • Worker termites groom each other. The grooming process allows for the detection of anything that is dangerous. If a worker is contaminated, news spreads through the colony and the area is avoided.

  • Termites are eusocial insects that have behavior patterns that allow each worker to contribute to protecting the whole colony. One of these behaviors is taking care of the dead. It is estimated that, in a colony of five million, as many as 70,000 members can die in a single day from natural causes. As worker termites take on the task of eating or burying the dead, they also perform an inspection to see if there is any threat that could impact the health of the colony. If a threat is found, the termites learn to avoid it.

Sprays don't work. You'll also have no effect on termites by applying any product that works to directly kill termites. It is best to avoid this approach.

Liquid Termiticides

If you do your research, you'll learn that liquid termiticides are what professionals use to exterminate termites and eliminate colonies. Unlike products that are sprayed, the liquid termiticide used by professionals is undetectable to termites. When they pick it up, it is shared from termite to termite during the grooming process. If you know this as well, you may think that all you have to do is pour a product like this into the soil around your home.

Unfortunately, it isn't quite that easy. Professionals are certified to be Termidor applicators. They go through a training and testing process to learn how to make sure the products are applied deep enough so that weather conditions don't create a break in the defensive perimeter around a home. These professionals also use tools when applying the product so that the barrier is complete. It isn't as simple as pouring a bottle of Termidor on the ground.

Making Sure The Job Is Done

Due to the secretive nature of subterranean termites, it is essential to use a termite control product that works. It's also essential to perform inspections to detect termite activity and to address conducive conditions. These inspections aren't easy. You have to get underneath your deck and in other places that are dark and dirty. You also have to know what to look for. Professionals are trained in detecting the subtle warning signs these insects provide. If you attempt to do this yourself, and you want to have good results, you will need to do a lot of research on the internet.

The Solution For Termite Control In Bradenton

If you live in Bradenton, why not let the certified termite control professionals here at Keller's Pest Control take care of your termite control? Our service professionals have the knowledge, technical skills, and experience to make sure the barrier around your home is complete, and that you get the routine follow-up inspections required to make sure everything goes according to plan. Connect with us today to schedule a service visit. There is no time like the present to get your Bradenton property the protection it needs to prevent termite damage.