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Will Termite Treatment Kill Other Bugs?

While termite treatments are specifically designed to kill termites – and therefore most effective against these wood-destroying pests – some could help you control other insects as well. That said, they may not be a reliable option against other types of infestations. Here’s what you need to know about how termite treatments affect other bugs on your property.

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Do Termiticides Kill Other Pests?

Liquid termiticides are one of the most popular termite treatments available. Not only are they highly effective against termites, but they also offer long-term protection that can last for up to a decade. Since termiticides are so potent, they could also kill other pests in or near your property. Here are just a few of the pests that are known to be impacted by termiticides:

  • Wood-boring beetles
  • Pantry pests
  • Spiders
  • Bed bugs
  • Cockroaches
  • Rodents

Can Termite Bait Stations Kill Other Insects?

Bait stations are another highly effective termite treatment. When placed and monitored by a professional, they can interrupt the life cycle of termites and prevent them from reproducing. The bait stations use an active ingredient that is even more attractive to termites than wood. Because of how bait stations work, they’re not terribly effective against other types of pests. They may help control carpenter ants as well as termites, but they likely won’t have a major impact against other infestations.

Will Termite Treatments Hurt My Pets?

Like many other types of pesticides, termite treatments contain chemicals that could be toxic if mishandled or misplaced. That said, when administered and monitored by a licensed professional, termite treatments are safe for you, your family, and your pets. Prior to applying a treatment, the expert will ask questions about the people and pets on your property to ensure they won’t be accidentally exposed. They will instruct you to keep your pets and small children away from certain areas for a short period of time, after which you won’t have to worry. If you have any concerns about the safety or type of treatment, don’t hesitate to ask the pest professional; they’ll walk you through any worries or make adjustments to your plan as needed.

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