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Myth busters: is DIY termite treatment effective?

on Monday, May 06, 2013 by Terminix


If you’re trying to decide which termite treatment to use, the myths about termites can muddy the issue.  Only by understanding the facts about these pests can you make an informed decision about how to keep them from destroying one of your most valuable assets, your home. So what are some of the common misconceptions about termite treatment? More importantly, is DIY termite treatment a viable option?

Myth #1: Termites are a type of ant.

While young termites do resemble young carpenter ants, termites are, in fact, more closely related to cockroaches than ants, as members of the Blattodea order, and pose an entirely different type of threat to your home.

Myth #2:  When a house receives termite treatment, the neighbors risk infestation.

It’s widely believed that if one of the homes in a neighborhood is treated, the termites flee the premises and take up residence in a neighboring home. Because termite colonies can be huge, it’s not uncommon for more than one home in a neighborhood to be affected. If one house is treated, the other homes already infested may see additional activity. However, termites will not flee a home under treatment and run into a neighboring house.

Myth #3: Termites are only a threat in the south.

It is true that termites are more common in warmer states, where the heat and humidity provide them with a hospitable environment, but these pests are actually found in every state except Alaska. As mentioned, termites infest an average of 1 in 30 U.S. homes each year, causing about $5 billion dollars of damage.

Myth #4: A brick or stucco house on a concrete slab will never need termite treatment.

Even brick houses typically have wooden frames, and no matter how these frames are separated from the soil, termites can get to them. Concrete slabs are no protection, because termites can crawl through cracks as small as 1/32nd of an inch.

Myth #5: DIY termite treatment is a safe and effective solution.

Many people fall for the hype of do-it-yourself termite treatment, but the claims that DIY treatments are just as effective as professional treatment, but less intrusive and cheaper, tend to fall flat. Often enough, homeowners who try to handle termite treatment on their own find that, without proper training, equipment and knowledge, they are unable to effectively eliminate their termite problems.

  • Termite treatment is best left to the experts. Experts have the knowledge and experience to properly safeguard your home against termites while ensuring that treatment is applied safely to protect the health of your family and pets.  Furthermore, experts generally use a combination of methods for termite removal depending on the home and type of infestation and this can be difficult for a homeowner to properly identify.
  • You can’t get professional results with an amateur application. DIY treatments can be useful for spot treating small areas, but for thorough and effective treatment of an entire house, rely on the experts. They have access to the most effective baiting systems and insecticides and have a thorough understanding of building construction to identify the best places to apply treatment.

When it comes to termite treatment, it’s important to find a professional who understands termites and knows how to protect your home from the threat they pose. The experts at Terminix know everything there is to know about termites and have the knowledge and tools to protect your investment and keep your family safe. And with Terminix, you are covered by the Ultimate Protection Guarantee, the strongest guarantee in the business. To learn more about how Terminix can protect your home visit or call 1.866.766.7628 to schedule your FREE Termite Inspection.

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