What Not To Do About Termites On Your Streator Property

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With every problem in life, there is a simple fix and an overcomplicated solution. The same thing applies to termites. There are ways to handle these pests that are complicated and involve unnecessary steps, and then there is a simple solution. Here are a few things to consider to help you decide which of these is best for your Streator property.

Termites Around Streator

Subterranean termites are the most common termites around Streator. These social insects live in sprawling underground colonies and use intricate tunnels to move around properties. Termites establish these colonies close to water-damaged, rotting, or decaying wood. These pests harvest timber around properties and eat until there is nothing left. This termite damage often becomes extensive before being identified, resulting in a hefty repair bill.

DIY Options For Termites

The best way to deal with termites without professional pest control is to limit their food options, which you can do in various ways. Here are some of the best strategies our experts recommend.

  • Avoid using wood-based mulch around your property.

  • Remove organic clutter and wood-based debris from your yard.

  • Trim back bushes and tree branches to allow sunlight to shine on your home’s exterior foundation.

  • Repair damage to gutters and make sure they are properly channeling water away from your home.

  • Fix leaky piping and fixtures in and around your home.

  • Eliminate sources of water build-up that could negatively affect your home’s wood.

  • Store firewood and untreated lumber in a sheltered area at least 30 feet away from your home’s exterior.

  • Repair or replace structural wood around your home that is water damaged, rotting, or in decay.

Why DIY Doesn’t Guarantee Protection

Although DIY provides more protection against termites than doing nothing, it by no means guarantees these pests will stay away from your home. This is problematic for one big reason; termites are hard to identify. With the way they invade from beneath the ground and chew through structural wood rather than on the surface, infestations often go unnoticed for months, if not years. The only way to identify these pests early is with expensive industrial-grade equipment.

How Professional Termite Control Works

Professional termite control works by establishing a barrier around your home. At Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators, we offer two effective solutions to termites; Sentrion with Always Active™ and liquid Termidor. Sentricon with Always Active™ is a bait station system that draws termites in and gives them a tasty, slow-acting poison that then eliminates colonies from the inside out. Termidor, on the other hand, is a scentless, invisible, liquid-based treatment that is injected into the soil around the foundation of a home and eliminates termites as they cross over. In addition to these services, we also offer termite monitoring, which involves regular inspection to track and treat termite colonies as they show up around your property.

When To Call A Professional

Whether your home currently has termites or you are looking for a long term solution to these pests, your best option is to call the experts at Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators. Our team is highly trained and dedicated to protecting properties around Streator. With just a bit of your trust, we will ensure your home stays termite-free year-round.

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