Warning: 3 Things to Know Before Performing Termite Treatment on an Exterior Property Building
Of all the pest problems a homeowner can face, a termite problem can be the scariest of them. These wood-eating insects can plow through a wooden structure and cause all kinds of problems. Often, a termite problem will start out in older exterior buildings because these structures are not quite as structurally sound as the house, and the food is easier to access. If you have found a termite problem in a detached building on your property, you definitely need to take care of the problem quickly. However, there are also a few things you should know about the situation.
Exterior building treatment should always be paired with home treatment.
Just because you are treating a building that is not attached to your home does not mean that your home should not also be treated. The truth is, if you have termites in the neighborhood already, it will be pretty easy for the bugs to make their way on over to visit you at your living quarters as well. It is best to have a professional treat both the detached building and your home, as well as any other exterior buildings, at the same time just to avoid further problems.
DIY deterrents or natural treatments could just send the termites to your home.
For buildings that contain livestock like barns or a chicken coop, treating with traditional termite pesticides is just not feasible because the chemical solutions can be harmful to your livestock. However, using more natural DIY remedies as deterrents is something that should only be done with caution. If you drive the termites out of one structure, they are going to go on a search for the nearest available food source, which very well could be your home if you are close enough.
Changing the floor of the structure could become a necessity.
It is not at all uncommon for outdoor buildings to have nothing more than a dirt floor because the structure was built without a solid foundation. This is especially true with old sheds and barns. If that is the case with your building that has a termite problem, you could have to make some changes to the floor to keep the problem at bay, even with professional treatment. Termites burrow through the ground to get to their food sources, so a lack of a solid foundation could mean continued problems with the pests.
For more information, contact a termite control service like American Pest Professionals.