Termite control still relies heavily on chemical control; however, there are many measures that you or your pest control professional can use to limit an active infestation.

Mud Tube Removal

Removing mud tubes is required by state law as part of a complete termite control program. Removing all of the tubes provides a way of assessing the effectiveness of a termite treatment or determining during an annual inspection if an infestation has reappeared.

Scraping away mud tubes as the sole means of control is impractical in many cases (such as with slab construction) and probably unwise. The tubes are an indication that termites are active around the house. What remains unknown, even if you inspect the house carefully, is whether termites may be travelling unseen through the voids in a block foundation or through some other gap.

Scraping away termites is an
important part of termite control

Debris Removal

Removal of cellulose debris from the crawlspace is discussed under preventive measures. It should be included in any direct control measures implemented when termites are found infesting the house.

Pathogenic Fungi

Termites live in an environment that is filled with microorganisms, including many that are pathogenic to the insects. One pathogenic fungus, Metarhizium anisopliae has been developed commercially into a product called Bioblast® (EcoScience Corp.). This product, which contains fungal spores, is applied to aboveground accessible termite infestations. The spores germinate, pentrate the insect's cuticle, then grow inside the body, killing the insect slowly. During grooming, feeding and other activities, the workers can mechanically transfer the fungus to other workers who were not exposed directly to the application. Because the product is limited to aboveground applications, it has not seen significant use for subterranean termites in North Carolina.