DIY Termite Treatments
Termites can be extremely tricky pests to rid your home of. Unlike many pests that you can squash or spray on sight, you could have termites for a long time before even realizing it. Pest control companies have been working for decades to figure out the best way to get rid of these bugs, but many homeowners think they can get rid of them on their own. Do-it-yourself termite treatments may seem like a good idea, but before attempting to get termites out, there are many questions that you should ask yourself.
Do you have termites?
There are winged forms of ants that are commonly mistaken for termites. Carpenter ants are also mistaken for termites occasionally, and while this type of ant can eventually cause problems for your home, they do not work nearly as quickly as termites.
What kind of termites do you have?
There are several types of termites that can be found throughout the nation, including subterranean termites, formosan termites, and both drywood and dampwood termites. Some of these only thrive in certain parts of the country, but your home could still be at risk for multiple varieties of termites. Because the different breeds thrive in different settings, some could live and feed inside of the walls of your home, while others live underground and feed on outside wooden structures on your home.
Do you have children or pets in your home?
There are many chemicals on the market for keeping termites and other pests out of your home, but many of them are not safe for use around children or pets. By choosing to have your termites treated by a professional, you’ll be able to know the proper precautions you can take for the smaller members of your home before treatment begins.
What are you going to do if termites return?
Since they hide inside of wood and underground, it can be quite a challenge for weekend warriors to find termites, much less keep them out for good. Pest control providers that specialize in termite treatment have access to extermination methods that will keep termites from returning. Many even offer to refund your money and the cost of damages if termites return while you’re covered.
Termites invade 1 in 30 homes each year, and without proper treatment, many homeowners find themselves continuing to fight these pests until they call an expert. While DIY solutions may work in many cases, be weary of doing it yourself when it comes to termite control.