Preventing termites is very important because, although small, they can cause a significant amount of damage to your home. Termites have been known to cause entire structures to collapse. This is a rather significant feat for these small insects, but what they do is they eat their way through the support beams and this can later cause the floors and ceilings to start sagging.
There are ways in which you can prevent termites, but there is a question that lingers: Should you do it yourself or should you hire a professional to do it?
There are individuals who have been on both sides of the spectrum that can tell you what worked for them and what didn’t. Know that trying to do it yourself can be quite the task because there is a lot to know.
DIY vs. Professional
Termite prevention on your own can seem like an affordable solution to the problem. You can go to your local farm and fleet store and buy termite repellant. But the question here is do you know how to place the deterrent so that they do not find a way through?
The repellant or deterrent is meant to keep termites away. If they encounter it, they simply turn around and go the opposite direction. But if they find a way through, they will go through it. Termites will do anything they can to find a way into your home because your home has something that they want and that is food. Your home is food for them and they are going to devour it.
After getting a termite bond, the professional termite control specialist will cost you more than just going to your local farm store and buying the chemicals that you need. However, they know exactly where to put the repellant based upon the area around the home. They have to strategically place the repellant around the foundation so that the termites do not find a way into your home. The repellant also has to be applied at regular intervals of time to make sure the termites don’t make it through when the repellant is weakened.
You also have to take into consideration that your home may already be infested. If you put the repellant outside your home to keep them from coming in and they are already in, you wasted money. The reason why you wasted money is because other termite colonies are not likely to try and come into the home. If they do, then the soldiers with the existing colony will fight for their territory.
What needs to be done in this case is for the termite control company to come in, exterminate the termites that are already within the home, and then work on repelling another infestation from the outside.
You will need to have regular inspections to make sure you do not become infested again. If you do, the appropriate treatment will have to be given. It is important to note that termites will be persistent and they will try to go where they know the food is.
If cost is a concern for you, don’t worry. When you weigh the cost of preventing termites using a termite control company against the cost of repairing damage done by termites, it is easy to see that you will be saving some money. Home repairs due to termite damage can be quite expensive. It is an expense that you do not want to have to deal with because you never know exactly how much you have to spend until the repairs are over with. Every time something is fixed, more damage may be found.