Do you really want chemicals swirling around in the atmosphere of your home? Unfortunately, sometimes they are the only effective response to a termite infestation, but there are alternative termite treatments available that are far more environmentally friendly.
A Win/Win Situation
Depending on the type of infestation you have on your property, you may actually require the traditional chemical method but when you have a technician over to assess the situation, he will guide you as to the right course of action. It is up to you as the consumer to track down a technician or company who is able to offer alternative termite treatments as not all do, and some will actively recommend the alternatives over chemicals. So, what are the alternatives?
It is tempting to think that a zapper gun is some kind of space-age weapon more at home on a Star Wars set. Some companies are equipped with an electro-gun system that utilizes a special electrical voltage frequency to penetrate the wood and attack the bugs where they tunnel.
You will not need to vacate your home, nor worry that your family will be exposed to toxic chemicals, which makes this a very family-friendly alternative termite treatment. There is no ozone damage, there is a full year warranty and the method is actually cheaper than gas fumigation.
Microwave the bugs
No, we are not recommending you kill the termites in your kitchen! Microwave technology is one of the most advanced alternative termite treatments now available. Drywood termites do not stand a chance and they remain eradicated for up to a full year. There is no chemical exposure to your family, no chemicals are used and no mess created. This too is cheaper than fumigation with toxic gas.
It could be a Disney movie title but alas, it is a significant problem in some homes. Subterranean termites can be treated with a substance called Sodium Borate which has become one of the favored alternative termite treatments in recent times. It acts by eliminating the bacterial protozoa in the termites intestinal gut.
This bacterial protozoa is what digests the wood that the termites feast upon and processes it into a sugar and the termite ultimately excretes a wood pellet. When the protozoa are killed by the Sodium Borate, the termites are unable to digest their food and thus, they starve to death. Charming, but effective! Sodium Borate is now used as a soil pre-treatment alternative to traditional treatments. It is comparatively inexpensive.
Block them out
Another of the alternative termite treatments is the barrier method in which a physical barrier is created either to isolate vulnerable sections of a house such as the foundations and slabs, or to protect the whole of the foundation perimeter. Commercially available barriers are made of stainless steel mesh, aggregate and a special plastic that is impregnated with termiticide.
Aggregate barriers are made up of soil particles that are too bulky or heavy for the termites to move. Aggregate can be made of sand or basalt and is usually placed between the soil and the slab or foundation.
The stainless steel mesh is too fine for termites to pass through and too rigid for them to cut through. Plastic barriers are polyethylene shells containing a termiticide and they are installed around piping and electrical conduit that is installed through slab foundations.
Alternative termite treatments are becoming increasingly popular as people move away from environmentally perilous solutions and towards more eco-friendly, non-toxic methods. Happily, some of the alternatives are less costly than the chemical treatments so it is a win/win situation for all concerned, except for the termites.