Termites may be one of the most feared home pests. These insects feed on wood and can easily find their way into your home if conditions are right. Each year, termites cause about $5 billion in property damage for homeowners throughout the United States.


These relentless pests feed 24/7, and they’re found in every state but Alaska. A well-organized subterranean termite colony can have up to one million workers that can eat more than 100 pounds of wood each year. And, unfortunately, termite activity can often go undetected, allowing the insects to cause even more damage. That’s why proper prevention and control is so important.

One common method of treating termites is termite spray. How does termite spray work and is it effective? Read on to learn more.

Termite Spray

For starters, termite “spray” is a localized topical application to visible termites. It does not describe a structural treatment and it also does not control an infestation. Termite treatments are performed as a soil and structural treatment and are not sprayed on.

There are two primary types of sprays that can be used to combat termites: repellent and non-repellent. The main difference between the two is that non-repellent sprays are virtually undetectable by termites. With repellent sprays, if even a small spot is missed during an application, the termites will notice and take advantage of it, finding a new entry point.

Types of Termites

One of the most important things to consider when looking for termite control options is the type of termite in question. In the United States, subterranean (including Formosan) and drywood termites are the biggest threats.

Subterranean termites are the most common threat in the United States. These termites nest in the soil below a structure and move upward to feed on wood.

Drywood termites, on the other hand, do not require soil to get their moisture. These termites enter a home from above, nest in wood and can be found in virtually any part of a house, including the attic and walls.

DIY Termite Control Issues

While do-it-yourself methods for controlling termites may seem appealing, they aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Termites are a serious issue, and they require effective control. Keep the following in mind when you consider a DIY solution like a termite spray:

Effectiveness – As mentioned above, different types of termites may require different treatment methods. Trained professionals will know which species is causing issues in your home and how to combat them.

Cost – Trying to find the right DIY solution can end up costing you more money in the long run. You’ll likely spend more on potential treatment, and you’ll lose time in the process, allowing the insects the opportunity to cause more costly property damage.

Potential Dangers – Any DIY treatment will have to be applied correctly. If it isn’t, it may cause certain issues. These methods require training or equipment that homeowners don’t have.

Professionals also know how to spot signs of termites, which can be difficult for an un-trained person. Being able to spot signs of termites is important for effective termite control.

How to Kill Termites

There are several methods that termite control professionals can use to kill termites. Technicians will know which type of termite treatment to use on which type of termite. Terminix® offers various methods of termite control:

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