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A termite bomb is commercially available to homeowners who want to try a do it yourself termite treatment. While do it yourself products are not recommended for eliminating infestations from an entire house, some products may be effective at eradicating a small colony in an isolated area. A termite bomb releases a fog of pesticide that may destroy these insects if they come in contact with the toxic substance. However, because termites bury themselves deep in the wood structures of a residence, a bomb cannot reach all the pests.
If you suspect that you might have an infestation in your home, your best bet is to contact a professional pest control service for an inspection of your property. A licensed inspector will check the property surrounding your house and the house itself for signs of termite infestation. If the inspector confirms that you have an infestation on your hands, he or she will recommend the best course of treatment for your property. A termite bomb is rarely used as part of a professional termite extermination, because of its limited effectiveness.
Using a Bomb at Home
Termites are capable of causing thousands of dollars of damage to a residential building. These wood devouring pests can also damage wooden furniture, books, cardboard and other items that contain cellulose, a form of plant fiber. Some species of these pests may even destroy insulation materials. To make matters worse, insurance companies rarely include coverage for pest damage in a standard homeowner's insurance policy, which means that property owners must pay for repairs out of pocket.
If you see signs of activity around your property, like mud tubes along exterior structures or the foundation of your home, mounds of termite droppings, tiny holes in wooden structures, piles of wings or swarming termites, you may be tempted to try a termite bomb or another commercially available do it yourself product to eradicate the insects. An inexpensive bomb containing termiticide, or a chemical used to kill termites, may be purchased at a hardware store or home improvement outlet.
When using a termite bomb at home, it's important to follow the directions carefully to avoid contaminating food and eating utensils, harming pets or creating health hazards for yourself and your family. The bomb consists of termiticide contained in a pressurized aerosol can. When the bomb is released, the pressure in the can will cause the chemical to be released into the air. Droplets of the termiticide will then fall onto exposed surfaces, including furniture, clothing, carpets, curtains and any other objects in the vicinity.
Using a bomb may seem like an effective way to eradicate wood devouring insects and save money on the cost of professional extermination. However, the chemicals in a termite bomb rarely reach the hidden areas where these insects dwell. These pests can bury themselves deep in the wooden beams, posts or panels of your house, where the chemicals from a termite bomb can't reach them. With the possible exception of a restricted outdoor area, like a woodshed or a wooden mailbox, bombs and foggers will probably not be effective.
Given the potentially devastating cost of repairing extensive termite damage, relying on a termite bomb to eradicate a home infestation may be a costly mistake. Professional pest control services use proven methods to eliminate these insects from your property. A pest control service may use a fumigant, a professional strength termiticide that's dispersed the air to destroy wood devouring species. Liquid termiticides may be injected into the soil around your home or into the foundations and interior structures to eradicate the insects.
In conjunction with liquid treatments, exterminators may use baits to eradicate the remaining members of a colony after the initial treatment has been applied. Baits consist of wood, cardboard or paper devices implanted with a chemical that's toxic to these bugs. After a worker member of the colony ingests the toxin, it shares the substance with other colony members. Over time, outdoor and indoor pest activity is eliminated through a combination of treatments.
In addition to having access to professional strength chemicals and state of the art equipment, many pest control services will guarantee their work with a termite bond. A bond is a legal agreement in which the service agrees to retreat the house if the infestation recurs. Some bonds even include a guarantee of repair if the house is damaged by termites after treatment has taken place.
Before you buy a termite bomb, consult a licensed pest control professional about the best method for preventing expensive damage to your home. A commercial fogger doesn't have the scope or strength of the products used by exterminators. Compare quotes from several reliable services on the cost of inspecting and treating your residence.