Microwave Termite Treatments

Termite treatments are usually associated with tenting a home, requiring the residents to temporarily move out, removing any living things from the home and pumping the house full of poisonous gas.

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Orange oil treatments are now gaining in popularity, simply because the tenting of the home is no longer considered an environmentally safe option. Microwave termite treatments also serve as a good alternative to the poisonous gas, but because there is the--mistaken--imagery of an oversized microwave oven, it is not often mentioned in the commercials you hear on the radio. A closer look at microwave termite treatments reveals this is actually a popular and effective means of getting rid of termites.

Microwave termite treatments capitalize on heat to kill the animals that live in the wooden portion of the structure. For a brief moment, the home's wood is heated to 120°F, making it impossible for termites and their eggs to survive. As the termites are virtually cooked inside the walls, the infestation ceases immediately and for good.

Benefits

One of the main benefits is that professionals need to apply the microwave termite treatments only for a brief period of time. Within a matter of seconds, heat reaches the desired temperature and kills the termites. Best of all, you may use it to treat a topical problem, such as a column or portion of the roof, or you may use it for a full home treatment.

Nuts and Bolts of Microwave Termite Treatments

Contact an experienced exterminator who specializes in microwave termite treatments. The professional inspects the structure and pinpoints termite damaged areas as well as locates the areas of current infestation. Thereafter, she sets up the magnetron and begins the microwaving treatment. Experts suggest the kill is more than 97 percent effective, with a 100 percent mortality rating for termite queens.

Misconceptions

Different kinds of termites may inhabit your home. It is a common misconception that termites are good candidates for extermination through microwave termite treatments. For example, while the microwave treatment works great for the termites inside your walls, those termites whose nests are subterraneous are likely not as affected by the microwaves. The exterminator uses poison to control this kind of infestation.

Expert Insight

It is crucial to demand a thorough inspection of the home and the grounds right outside it. If your home contains nests of two or more different termite species, it pays to have a complete workup done of your property. In some cases, this involves drilling holes into your walls and also into the ground. These are easily patched up, and the efforts made in diagnosing the extent of the infestation will serve you well as you hope to rid your home entirely of the pests. The University of California at Davis advises that microwave treatments applied to properly located infestations yield 89 percent to 98 percent efficacy.

About the Author

Based in the Los Angeles area, Sylvia Cochran is a seasoned freelance writer focusing on home and garden, travel and parenting articles. Her work has appeared in "Families Online Magazine" and assorted print and Internet publications.