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This is called integrated pest management or control. More and more companies are using this
With termites they require moisture and a food source. The moisture in the northern states comes from the soil, down south your termite can survive in just the attic and moisture found from the humidity. We can treat our termites with chemical barriers that is picked up by the insect as they travel through it. Or simply by feeding on a chemical treatment stick buried in the ground.
In any case you need to create an environment that they do not like. This is done by piping water away from the house. Keeping wood piles away as well. Do not let soil or mulch get to close to the foundation sill area. For spiders, ants etc. Keep the grass cut down and the soil right next to the house dry. Flower beds should be kept away from the house if at all possible. All insects need moisture. The dryer things are the better or easier it is to control them. Got moisture, you go bugs.
However being in the southern states, your termites may not be the type that requires living in the soil to survive. Topical treatments and in worse cases complete tenting of the home will be required to remove these pests. In any case you need the services of a professional exterminator familiar with your area, house or building type to properly remove these damaging insects. There is no one best method of removal of these bugs its all dependent upon the conditions in which they are located.
As far as buying treatment systems from the big box stores. These treatments do work, but not understanding exactly how they do their job, you may only push the insects into another area of the building where you will not see their activity and by time you do the damage will always be much worse then it would have been if you consulted with a pro.
through the colony. From one termite to another, The other method which is the barrier method as long as you use Termidor the success rate is phenomenal. It is true that you need to remove conducive areas from around and in your home. If the house has wet areas the termites will make a satellite colony and not return to the soil. Now this is for Subteranean Termites and also Formosan.As far as drywoods or dampwoods they are treated by fumigating the structure mainly. But A product called Boracare or Termite Gel baits can be used to help. You need aprofessional for this problem. You wouldn't do your own cancer treatment would you.