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5 Things You Need to Know About Termiticides

Termites are a homeowner’s nightmare, causing extensive damage that can be costly to repair. To protect your home, it’s crucial to understand how termiticides work and how they can help. Here are five essential things you need to know:

1. What Are Termiticides?

Termiticides are chemical substances specifically formulated to kill termites. They are an integral part of termite management and prevention strategies. There are different types of termiticides, each designed to target termites in various ways, whether by creating barriers, killing on contact, or affecting their colonies.

Types of Termiticides:

  • Liquid Termiticides: These are applied to the soil around a building’s foundation, creating a barrier that termites cannot cross.
  • Termite Baits: These are strategically placed around your home and contain substances that termites ingest and carry back to their colony, eventually killing the entire colony.
  • Wood Treatments: These are applied directly to wood to prevent termite infestations.

2. How Termiticides Work

Termiticides function primarily in two ways: repelling termites or killing them. Liquid version create a zone that termites avoid, while non-repellent versions allow termites to pass through the treated area, unknowingly coming into contact with the chemical, which they then spread throughout the colony. Baits are designed to be slow-acting, allowing termites to share the toxic substance with others before they die, effectively targeting the colony.


  • Contact Kill: Termites die upon contact with the chemical.
  • Ingestion: Termites consume the chemicals and share them with the colony, leading to widespread eradication.
  • Barrier: Creates a protective barrier around your home that termites cannot penetrate.

3. Safety Considerations

Safety is a top priority when using termiticides. Modern versions are designed to be effective against termites while posing minimal risk to humans and pets when used correctly. However, it’s important to follow all instructions provided by the manufacturer and consider professional application for the best results.

Safety Tips:

  • Professional Application: Hiring a licensed pest control professional ensures the correct application and maximum effectiveness.
  • Following Instructions: Always read and follow label instructions carefully.
  • Precautionary Measures: Keep children and pets away from treated areas until it’s safe.

4. Effectiveness of Termiticides

The effectiveness of termiticides depends on several factors, including the type of termiticide used, the application method, and the extent of the infestation. Liquid termiticides can provide long-lasting protection, often remaining effective for several years. Bait systems require regular monitoring and maintenance but can be highly effective in eradicating entire colonies.

Factors Affecting Effectiveness:

  • Proper Application: Ensuring the termiticide is applied correctly to create an effective barrier.
  • Type of Termiticide: Choosing the right type for your specific situation.
  • Maintenance: Regularly monitoring and maintaining bait systems.

5. Choosing the Right Termiticide

Selecting the right termiticide for your home depends on various factors, including the type of termites, the severity of the infestation, and your home’s construction. Consulting with a pest control professional can help you determine the best solution for your situation.


  • Termite Species: Different species may require different treatment approaches.
  • Infestation Severity: Severe infestations may need a combination of methods.
  • Home Structure: The construction of your home can influence the choice of termiticide.

Protect Your Home With AFS

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Termiticides are a crucial tool in the fight against termites. Understanding how they work, their safety considerations, effectiveness, and how to choose the right one can help protect your home from these destructive pests.

Unfortunately, if your foundation (particularly a crawl space) has no termiticides, termites can overrun the area and cause damage. If this is happening in your home, call a pest control professional, and then work with AFS to repair the crawl space damage. Contact us today to schedule a free inspection!

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Ted Dryce

Ted Dryce

Content Writer

Ted is an SEO Content Writer who has been with Groundworks since 2021. He’s covered home repair topics ranging from crawl space encapsulation to regional soil conditions. When he’s not working, Ted is performing improv comedy and working on his own creative projects.

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