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Fire Vs Termites? Things you SHOULDN’T do to treat termites

It’s World Pest Day, and we thought why not highlight the most dangerous pest that attacks your home, the termite! Finding out you have termites in your home can be a nightmare. Not only are they capable of destroying your home from the inside out, they also put yourself and your loved ones at risk. So, it’s understandable that this can be a stressful and trying period. However, this doesn’t mean you should take this into your own hands. Dealing with termites requires expert knowledge and it isn’t something you can deal with on your own. Proper termite control is necessary! Here are some things you DEFINITELY shouldn’t do when facing a termite infestation.

Using Fire


This might seem like common sense but using fire to get rid of termites is definitely not something you should even consider. We have had customers who decided to take matters into their own hands by pouring diesel on to a suspected termites nest and lighting it on fire. It should be obvious but using fire can be extremely hazardous. If the fire gets out of control, your beautiful home could be reduced to ashes, and the lives of your loved ones will be put at risk. I’m sure your mother always told you not to play with fire, and this would be a great example of why! If you suspect your home is infested with termites, you don’t need to burn your house down, you just need the right help to remove the colony.


Another thing you shouldn’t be doing is using insect spray to solve your termite infestation. They might be effective against mosquitoes or cockroaches but forget about using them against termites! Termites are cautious creatures, once they sense danger they will move to a safer location. Using these sprays or even cleaning up mud tubes can cause more harm than good. For example, spraying some termites in your living room will force the entire colony to move to other less noticeable areas like your roof. You’ll think you dealt with the situation while in fact, you’re in even more danger. So if you spot termites, do leave them alone and let the experts handle them.

Ignoring the problem/Waiting

wooden plank destroyed by termites


For some of us, if we noticed a potential termite problem but chose to just close one eye and hoping it will sort out by itself or even wait for a long time before even thinking of dealing with the issue. To make things clear, such ignorance is the WORST decision ever! It takes termites only less than 2 weeks to eat up your entire door frame. Replace that with your roof support and the situation got way more serious. In less than a month, your home could be left in ruins by your roof or wall collapsing. When you have termites, the best thing to do is act quickly to stop the damages from worsening.

Proper Termite Treatment

So you might be wondering, what can be done to effectively treat termites? Well there are a few ways but the most common and effective ways are termite baiting and liquid termiticide. These methods are proven to be effective and are used commercially to target the entire colony.

Termite baiting

Termite baiting

Termite baiting uses two types of bait stations, in ground and above ground that are either placed around or in your home. These stations are used based on different customer needs and are filled with a special bait. Termites are attracted to the bait, consume it and share it to the colony. The active ingredient in the bait then takes its course and stops the termites from molting. In human terms, that’s like stopping our skin from growing but everything else continues. This eventually kills off the entire colony and keeps your property safe.


Liquid termiticide

Termite liquid termiticide

Another effective termite control solution, liquid termiticide is applied along the perimeter of your house walls by drilling holes into the ground. The liquid is poured into these holes which forms a barrier. As termites pass through the barrier, they are exposed to the chemical and spread it to the entire colonies through physical contact. The termiticide then kills off the termites and the entire colony. The best thing about liquid termiticide is it can last for up to 5 years, so any new termite infestations will face the same fate as long as the termiticide is present.

With these methods and an expert pest control service, you can be sure that your termite issues can be managed effectively and efficiently. With Rentokil’s termite control solutions, we can give you peace of mind from your termite worries. Contact us today at 1300 881 911 or visit our website here.

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