2 Options For Maryland Termite Control
Termites are a fascinating species. Most of them live in colonies like ants, and they build nests with tons of tunnels where their queen can hide and produce more children as the worker termites look for new food sources. However, while ants are scavengers that can eat just about anything (depending on the species), the only thing termites can eat is the cellulose in wood. That’s why we at Bugout Termite and Pest Control perform a lot of Maryland termite control jobs.
This focus on wood makes termites an important part of the forest ecology. Not many species can eat wood cellulose, so it’s up to termites, bacteria, and fungus to break the stuff down and turn it into something future plants can grow from. That’s great for the environment, but it’s not so great if the wood the termites find is currently in use as building materials.
The trait that makes termites so useful in the wild makes them intolerable in towns and neighborhoods.
Maryland Termite Control Methods
1. The Chemical Barrier
The most common termite species in Maryland is the eastern subterranean termite. These termites make their colonies in dirt, just like ants, and their workers search around them for fallen branches, dead trees, and the untreated lumber in your house. To keep them away from that last category, we spray the ground around the sides of your house and other structures with a special slow-acting poison. The poison acts slowly enough for the workers to bring it back to their colonies and kill their queens.
2. Wood Bait
A chemical barrier is a good long-term way to cut down on termite infestations, but it’s not practical for every home and business. Instead, bait can sometimes be more effective. When it comes to Maryland termite control, bait is a piece of wood treated with a slow-acting poison much like what we use for the chemical barrier. We place the wood near a known termite infestation, and after some time they’ll bring the bait back to their colony and die.
Maryland termite control is relatively easy since the dominant termite species lives in the soil rather than the wood. However, it’s still a tricky job you should probably leave to the professionals, especially since we have years of experience inspecting properties for traces of termites. If you want your Maryland termite problem to end, contact Bugout, Inc.