My sister in Southern California thinks she may have
terminates. She can't afford an exterminator and her
health can't take the chemicals. She has a wood floor
and a crawl space.
Is there anything like a bait, repellent, roach motel
she can toss in her crawl space? Any suggestions?
He who asks is a fool for five minutes,
The easy to use and effective chemicals are off the consumer market.
She really should call a pro rather than risk serious damage to the
A couple of hundred bucks saved today could result in tens of
thousands of dollars in damage tomorrow.
Call an exterminator. A RELIABLE one.
If they are subterranean termites, chemical injection into the ground is
needed, chemicals won't/shouldn't affect her.
If they are drywood termites, the infestations are generally localized and
can be treated in various ways, including heat. If not localized, the place
needs to be tented and gassed. The gas dissipates but she would need to
stay elsewhere while it does.
Since she can't afford an exterminator, it is time for her brother to give
her a belated Christmas present.
Exterminators, looking for business, will do inspections for free.
If she has termites, treatment is needed and it is not a DIY job.
If no termites there are treatment chemicals available to home owners.
Ones I've seen, you spray around foundation and it is good for maybe a
year. Digging a foot down and saturating soil with another is good for
maybe three years.
When my neighbor had termites, I put out these poisonous stakes that
would attract termites coming towards my house and kill them. You have
to surround the house with chemical treatment to the earth to fully keep
them out, assuming subterranean.
Couple of years ago I had some pines removed near the house and the
stumps got completely infested. Termites were eating roots within a few
feet of the house. Inspection showed no termites in house but for peace
of mind, I had exterior treatment done and pay for annual inspection and
Actually, termite inspection is pretty easy to do yourself looking for
mud tunnels and poking wood around foundation. I think I was doing a
better job than the inspector that checked it.
Bonus of the termite treatment is that we have also seen no ants in the
house since it was done.
From what I have read, "spraying around the foundation" would be
utterly useless....it would not reach either form of termites. The
homeowner would be way ahead just getting educated on how to prevent
termites and in being able to know signs of infestations.
Stakes, with bait, are standard for subterranean termites. Saturating
perimeter with chemicals used to be standard for new construction (in
Florida), but it can be iffy...incomplete application or later
disruption can allow termites in.
Termites exist pretty much anywhere there is dead wood or other forms of
cellulose....can be brought into home by stacking fire wood improperly.
I felt same about some inspections, but they vary. Some contractors are
really good at identifying species, etc. She should START with
inspection (usually free) by reputable licensed contractors. There are
loads of good websites that give information for prevention and
identifying termites, and treatments can be local depending on the
A good contractor might give her a break on treatment, if needed, and
possibly know what financial assistance exists. Good luck!
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