Don't DIY That: Termite Control
In today’s digital age, the first place many people take concerns about their homes is to the Internet. And with good reason — there are a multitude of do-it-yourself instructions on topics ranging from building a deck to remodeling a bathroom. Type “how to get rid of termites” and “do-it-yourself termite control” into a search engine, and you’ll get more than a million results, but that doesn’t mean you should make termite control a DIY mission.
Even if you stop the termites you see, there may be others and who will be standing behind a DIY job that doesn’t perform as intended? You. When termite damage to your house is the risk, it’s just not worth it.
That’s why dealing with a termite infestation is a task best left to a professional termite control company, like Terminix®. Learn more about the ways termites can affect your home, and the reasons you should leave treatment to a professional.
Problems that Termites Can Cause
Termites are notorious for damaging houses. You might shudder to learn that the annual cost of termite damages to homes in the United States is over $5 billion.
When it comes to termite facts, most people know that these insects eat wood. Depending on the species, a single termite is only about one-fourth to one-half of an inch long, so it won’t cause too much damage on its own. However, termites live in colonies that can contain hundreds to thousands (and sometimes in extreme cases: to millions) of insects.
In addition, many people don’t know they have a termite problem for weeks, months or even years. That means termites could be chowing down on the structure of your home for a long time before you start to notice the signs of their activity. Naturally, the longer termites are left untreated, the more damage they can do, which could cost you money if you don't have termite coverage.
Effectiveness Issues When It Comes to DIY Termite Control
There are three different species of termites that can invade U.S. homes, and they won't all respond to the same treatment. A trained professional will know which species of termites are present in your area, as well as what signs to look for when inspecting your home for activity and where to look for them. Because of that, the professional will then know which treatment to use to effectively get rid of the termites.
Does DIY Termite Control Actually Save You Money?
You may think DIYs can save you some cash. That’s one of the reasons people like them. But you don’t want to play fast and loose with a termite infestation, as failed attempts are not a fast and easy fix. The damage that could be taking place in your home while you try to treat the problem yourself could cost you thousands of dollars to repair, not to mention the time and money you’ll be out from trying different DIY methods. In the long run, professional termite control could save you a lot of headaches…and money. Additionally, an initial termite inspection from Terminix is free.
Treatments Have to Be Applied Correctly
No matter which termite treatment method is being used, it has to be done correctly or it will likely result in ineffective control or worse. There is a label that has to be followed and it can be difficult to understand. Termite control professionals have been trained on how to properly use termite control products and have the equipment to apply control materials correctly. Just purchasing the equipment to perform a termite treatment correctly can cost more than a professional’s fees.
The Solution to Termite Infestations
In a world that relies so heavily on technology, it’s nice to see people getting their hands dirty with DIYs. However, it’s important to know the limits of your capabilities and expertise. When it comes to a problem as large as a termite infestation, your best bet is to contact Terminix. Let a trained technician thoroughly inspect your home for termite activity and recommend a customized plan that fits your needs.