How to Get Rid of Termites

How Do I Get Rid of Termites?

To get rid of termites, identify the infestation early and use professional treatments like liquid barriers, bait and monitoring systems, termite foams, or fumigation for severe cases. Regular inspections, reducing moisture, and sealing entry points are key preventive measures. For comprehensive and effective termite control, consider consulting with Orkin’s termite specialists.

Termite Treatments: Orkin’s Effective Solutions

When it comes to termite treatments, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. At Orkin, we offer a range of treatments tailored to your specific situation. Let’s delve into some of these effective solutions.

Liquid Treatments

Liquid treatments stand as a cornerstone in termite control, and at Orkin, we’ve perfected this method. Let’s dive deeper into how these treatments work and why they’re a popular and effective choice for homeowners.

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How Liquid Treatments Work

Liquid termite treatments involve applying termiticides in the soil around and under your home. This creates a protective barrier that termites cannot cross. When termites attempt to enter your home, they come into contact with this termiticide barrier. The treatment works in two ways: it repels termites and, if they come into contact with it, it’s lethal to them.

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Types of Liquid Termiticides

At Orkin, we use the latest and most effective liquid termiticides available. These include non-repellent termiticides, which are undetectable to termites. When termites pass through these treated areas, they unknowingly carry the termiticide back to their colony, spreading it to other termites. This method not only stops them in their tracks but also helps in reducing the colony size over time.

One of the key advantages of liquid treatments is their effectiveness. They provide immediate protection against termite infestations. Additionally, these treatments are long-lasting, offering continued protection for years after the initial application. This makes them a cost-effective solution for long-term termite control.

Safety and Environmental Considerations

We understand the importance of keeping your home and environment safe. The liquid termiticides we use are specifically designed to be safe for indoor and outdoor use. They are applied by our trained professionals who follow strict safety guidelines to ensure there’s no harm to your family, pets, or the environment.

Bait and Monitoring Systems

Orkin’s bait and monitoring systems represent a strategic and environmentally sensitive approach to termite control. This method is particularly effective in targeting the colony itself, a crucial aspect in achieving long-term termite management. Let’s delve into the details of how these systems work and their benefits.

Bait systems involve strategically placing bait stations around the perimeter of your home. These stations contain specially formulated bait that is attractive to termites. The bait includes slow-acting ingredients that termites cannot detect as harmful. When foraging termites find the bait, they consume it and share it with their colony members, including the queen.

The Science Behind the Bait

The bait used in these systems is designed to disrupt the termites’ natural growth and reproduction processes. It contains an active ingredient that interferes with the termites’ ability to molt, a critical part of their growth cycle. As a result, termites are unable to develop properly, leading to a gradual decline and eventual elimination of the colony.

Advantages of Bait and Monitoring Systems

An integral part of the bait and monitoring system is regular inspection by Orkin professionals. Our experts regularly check the bait stations to monitor termite activity and replenish the bait as needed. This ongoing monitoring is essential to ensure the effectiveness of the treatment and to make adjustments as necessary.

  • Targeted Approach – This method specifically targets the termite colony, providing a more comprehensive solution than treatments that only address individual termites.
  • Environmentally Friendly – Bait systems use less termiticide than traditional barrier treatments, making them a more environmentally friendly option.
  • Non-Intrusive – The installation of bait stations is minimally invasive, with no need for drilling or extensive soil treatment.
  • Long-Term Effectiveness – By targeting the colony, these systems offer a long-term solution to termite problems, reducing the likelihood of reinfestation.

Termite Foams

Termite foams are a specialized treatment in Orkin’s arsenal against termites, particularly effective for reaching areas that other methods can’t. This innovative approach is crucial for comprehensive termite control, especially in structures where termites have infiltrated hard-to-reach spaces. Let’s explore the intricacies of termite foams and their role in termite management.

Termite foams are applied as a liquid but quickly expand to fill voids, cracks, and crevices. This expansion ensures that the treatment reaches termites hidden in areas that are otherwise inaccessible, like behind walls, in voids, and under floors. The foam contains termiticides that termites come into contact with as they move through these treated areas.

The foam’s active ingredients are similar to those used in liquid treatments but are formulated to remain effective in a foamy state. This formulation allows the termiticide to cling to surfaces and stay in place, providing a prolonged treatment effect. As termites travel through these treated areas, they pick up the termiticide and, like with bait systems, spread it to other members of their colony.

Advantages of Using Termite Foams

  • Precision Application – Foams can be precisely applied to target specific areas, reducing the need for widespread application of termiticides.
  • Comprehensive Coverage – The expansive nature of the foam ensures it fills and treats all nooks and crannies where termites might hide.
  • Minimal Disruption – Applying foam is less intrusive compared to other methods, meaning less disruption to your home and daily life.
  • Effective in Combination – Termite foams are often used in conjunction with other termite treatments, such as liquid barriers or bait systems, to ensure comprehensive control.


Fumigation is a powerful weapon in Orkin’s termite control arsenal, reserved for the most severe termite infestations. This method involves a meticulous process that ensures the complete eradication of termites from your home. Let’s delve into the details of fumigation, how it works, and why it’s used in critical situations.

Fumigation is a comprehensive termite treatment method that involves enveloping your home in a specially designed tent. Once the home is securely tented, a gas fumigant is released inside. This gas penetrates every nook and cranny of the structure, reaching termites in places that other treatments can’t. The fumigant is lethal to termites but leaves no residue behind, ensuring your home is termite-free and safe for return upon completion.

When is Fumigation Necessary?

Fumigation is typically recommended in situations where termite infestations are extensive, deep-seated, and difficult to control with other methods. This includes cases where termites have infiltrated multiple areas of a home, especially in hard-to-reach spaces like inside walls, attics, or subfloors.

The fumigation process is thorough and requires careful planning and execution:

  • Preparation – Homeowners are required to vacate the property, and certain items like food, plants, and pets must be removed or specially protected.
  • Tenting – The entire structure is covered with a tent to contain the fumigant and ensure effective penetration.
  • Fumigant Release – A specific amount of fumigant, determined by the size and complexity of the structure, is released inside the tent.
  • Aeration – After the treatment, the tent is removed, and the home is aerated to allow the fumigant to dissipate completely.
  • Safety Checks – Before re-entry, Orkin professionals conduct thorough checks to ensure that the fumigant has fully dissipated and the home is safe.

Customized Combination Treatments

Sometimes, a combination of these methods is the best approach. We assess your situation and might recommend a mix of treatments for the most effective control.

Orkin’s Termite Control Solutions

At Orkin, we’ve mastered termite control. Our approach includes:

  • Inspection – We start with a thorough inspection of your property.
  • Customized Treatment – Based on the inspection, we create a tailored treatment plan. This might include liquid treatments, baits, or foams.
  • Ongoing Prevention – We don’t just stop at treatment. We’ll continue to monitor your home to ensure termites don’t return.

We’re confident in our services. If termites return or cause more damage post-treatment, we’ll re-treat and repair the damage at no extra cost. That’s our promise to you.

Call Orkin for a Free Inspection

Don’t let termites take over your home. Call Orkin at (844) 283-5966 for a free inspection. Our termite specialists are ready to help you reclaim your home from these pesky invaders.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the first signs of a termite infestation?

The first signs include hollow-sounding wood, mud tubes on exterior walls, discarded wings from swarmers, and visible damage to wood structures.

Can I treat a termite infestation myself?

While there are DIY methods, professional treatment is recommended for effectiveness and safety. Termite infestations can be complex and require specialized knowledge and tools.

How does Orkin treat termite infestations?

Orkin offers various treatments, including liquid treatments to create a barrier around your home, bait and monitoring systems, termite foams for hard-to-reach areas, and fumigation for severe infestations.

Are termite treatment chemicals safe for my family and pets?

Yes, the chemicals used in professional termite treatments are designed to be safe for humans and pets when applied correctly by trained professionals.

How long does it take to get rid of termites?

The time to eradicate termites depends on the extent of the infestation and the treatment method. Some treatments work quickly, while others, like bait systems, may take several months to fully eliminate the colony.

What can I do to prevent termites from infesting my home?

Preventive measures include reducing moisture around your home, maintaining a gap between soil and wood structures, regular inspections, and promptly addressing any leaks or wood damage.

How often should I inspect my home for termites?

It’s recommended to have a professional inspection at least once a year. However, if you live in an area prone to termites or have had previous infestations, more frequent inspections may be necessary.

How can I schedule a termite inspection with Orkin?

You can schedule a free termite inspection by contacting Orkin at their customer service number or through their website. An Orkin specialist will then visit your home to assess the situation and recommend the best course of action.


Understanding the behavior of termites, recognizing the signs of an infestation, and knowing the most effective treatment options are crucial steps in protecting your home from these destructive pests. Remember, the key to successful termite control is early detection and prompt, professional treatment.

Orkin’s comprehensive termite solutions, from liquid treatments and bait systems to termite foams and fumigation, are designed to address the unique challenges of each infestation. Our approach is not just about dealing with the immediate problem; it’s about ensuring long-term protection for your home. With our expertise and commitment to quality service, you can trust that your termite issues will be resolved effectively and efficiently.

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