When it comes to apartment maintenance or housing society maintenance, termite control is sure to figure prominently in the list. These pests may outwardly seem small and insignificant, but their effects can be potentially devastating, as they ruin furniture, wooden products and even the very foundations of buildings.
Termite control can be divided into two categories in all:
- Termite control during a building’s construction
- Termite control after a building’s construction
To ensure that residents don’t face any problems with termites, all buildings are properly treated with anti termite treatment during their construction. The buildings that haven’t been treated beforehand can opt for control measures that can protect their house from termites in the latter form given above.
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Termite Control Steps That Work
Chemical Treatment (Before Construction) – This treatment is widely followed during construction to eliminate termite infestation. In this method, a layer of anti termite chemicals is created between the foundation of the building and the ground to prevent any termite attacks. This will prevent termites from working their way up the foundation. This can be done by professionals from any pest control company.
Chemical Treatment (After Construction) – You can ask your apartment maintenance crew if any termite control measures were implemented during the construction of your apartment building. In case you find that no such apartment maintenance measures were taken, you can fortify your house by opting for chemical treatments that are done after a building’s construction.
- Contact your housing society’s managing committee and get their approval to use anti termite treatment (there are many chemicals involved, so their permission is essential)
- You can take a step if it’s your own house, and you can urge your landlord to do the same if you’re a tenant
- Contact a pest control company as chemical treatment is something that’s best left to the pros
In this type of treatment, holes will be drilled in the wall-floor junction and these holes will be pumped with anti termite chemicals. These chemicals will spread through the expanse of the wall and turn it into a resistive layer.
Boric Acid Treatment – Boric acid is very effective in apartment maintenance. All you need to do is dissolve some of this acid in water and paint all furniture items and wooden items with the same. This can be used as a preventive and control measure.
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Termite Baits – This is a very effective way of destroying an entire colony of termites. A piece of damp wood can be used as bait and pumped up with termiticides. Termites will naturally be attracted to such baits and they’ll spread the chemicals throughout their colony once they’re contaminated with the same.
Termiticides – Termiticides can be used in both liquid and solid forms to wipe out termites from specific spots. When you opt for termiticides, go for repellant termiticides. These are effective against termites but don’t cause any harm to mammals. Since these are harsh chemicals, you should get prior permission from committee members of the apartment association. You can get help from the apartment maintenance team while handling these chemicals too.
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