Termite Pest Control in San Bernardino

by | Jun 9, 2012 | Home Decor

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If you are facing a problem with pest control in San Bernardino, especially with termites, you need to know what options you have to remove the invaders and prevent any further damage to your home. Termites are communal in nature. The queen termites constantly breed the worker force, which builds the colony, takes care of the larvae, finds food and defends the colony. When the young queen termites fly off to form their own colonies, they can land in your home if they find a hospitable place, such as a wood pile. Termite colonies can include millions of termites when the right environment is provided. This makes it possible to find yourself with a large problem in a short amount of time.

There are several ways to treat a termite infestation. There is the borate treatment, which comes in a dust, liquid or foam application. The sodium borate treatment is placed on the infested wood, and when the termites eat it, it kills the bacteria in the termite’s digestive system. The bacterium in the termite’s intestinal tract actually digests the food for the termite, turning it into sugar and excreting the remains as wood pellets, or frass. When termites ingest the treated wood they can no longer digest their food and they will starve to death. This is typically used as a secondary treatment for pest control in San Bernardino and is also a suitable treatment for other infestations as well.

You can also use a chemical pesticide treatment in the form of termite bait for pest control in San Bernardino. When a termite takes the bait back to the colony, they are slowly spreading the insecticide through the colony and killing the harder to reach members of the colony that don’t venture out for food. You can also use fumigation, which is effective only on the drywood termite species, but is more far reaching than bait pesticides because it can penetrate into the colony itself.

A newer method that is not harmful to you or your pets is thermal termite treatment. This treatment is much more environmentally friendly than pesticide treatments because it does not use chemicals. Laboratory tests have proven that drywood ants cannot survive in temperatures over 120 degrees Fahrenheit for more than 30 minutes. Some of the companies that do pest control in San Bernardino use temperatures up to 160 degrees for 6-8 hours. This not only kills the termites, but their eggs as well.