REASONS NOT TO DIY TERMITE CONTROL

REASONS NOT TO DIY TERMITE CONTROL

According to the National Pest Management Association, termites alone cause more than $5 billion in property damage annually, a cost not covered by most homeowners’ insurance plans. Termites are one of the most notorious pests. Known for the damage they do to houses, termites even cause a need for homeowners to take on additional insurance.

While you can certainly take care of some pest problems on your own, DIY termite treatment is not likely to be effective. There are many species of termites that invade homes in the United States and it is important to know how to identify and team each kind. A trained professional will know which species of termites are present in your state or area, and how to identify signs of termites and termite activity when inspecting your home. As a result, a termite professional will know which treatment is most effective to use to help get rid of termites.

WHAT ARE TERMITES

No matter what your home is made of, you easily have items inside that termites feed on. It is important to know as much as possible about these pests so you can spot an infestation as quickly as possible.

Termites are small, destructive insects that are serious pests in homes. If termites infest your home, they can cause severe damage to the structure. Termites like to feed on any dead plant matter, including soil, leaves, and logs. They also eat products that contain cellulose, which is naturally found in wood and other plant matter. Termites seek out the cellulose in paper, insulation, and even swimming pool liners.

WHAT DO TERMITES LOOK LIKE

Termites are pale and small insects that resemble ants. Winged termites are very commonly mistaken for flying ants; however, there are some critical differences between the two insects.

The most noticeable physical differences between termites and ants are that termites have the following:

  • A uniform body with a straight waist, rather than the cinched waist of an ant
  • Straight, beaded antennae as opposed to ants’ elbowed antennae
  • Wings that are equal in size, which differ from the ant’s larger forewings
  • Ants have a three-segmented body and bent antennae, while termites have a four-segmented body and straight antennae.
  • Flying ants have noticeably smaller rear wings, with their forward wings also considerably smaller than a termite’s.

Termites discard their wings after their mating cycle. Ants do not discard their wings, so any wings that you find in or around your home are a strong indicator of termites.

IS DIY POSSIBLE

If you see termites or signs of termites in your home, it may be tempting to try to take care of them yourself. However, termite treatment is really not a DIY job.

It is known that even if you eliminate the termites you can see, there are more than likely others continuing to damage your home’s structure. Additionally, if you do it yourself, there is no one backing up the job except yourself as insurance.

Often an issue with termites is not discovered for weeks, months, or even years. This means that there is much more damage to your home before you start to notice and a professional needs to step in.

DIY TREATMENT MYTHS

Here are a few methods people claim are DIY solutions for termites that are NOT true:

  • Orange oil
  • Vinegar
  • Borax
  • Salt

We recommend you schedule a consultation with one of our professionals.

WILL DOING IT YOURSELF SAVE MONEY?

If you are considering DIY treatments, you may think that means it brings cost savings. However, when it comes to termite infestation, just because you may not see termites anymore does not mean they are gone. An infestation of termites is usually much more complex than it may seem. When it is all said and done, a professional termite control company saves you a great deal of time, effort, and money.

TERMITE CONTROL SOLUTIONS

By the time you detect termites in your home, the damage is often quite extensive. The best termite control solutions are usually those provided by an Eco Advantage professional. An experienced exterminator can help you evaluate the full extent of the damage to your home. Liquid termite treatments are available, which creates a barrier around the building. Once termites come into contact with the liquid, they become disoriented and do not cause further damage to the building. The liquid is transferrable from one termite to another so that they can carry this substance back to the nest.

Termite baits serve as an attractive food source that termites will carry back to the nest. The essential part of any termite extermination is killing the queen to eradicate the entire termite colony. Eco Advantage exterminators can help you choose a well-rounded treatment approach that will tackle your termite problem in several efficient ways.

OUR TEAM

When it comes to providing quality pest control services, there is no one better for the job than Eco Advantage Termite and Pest Solutions. Our team of pest service experts has the tools and expertise to properly remove and keep unwanted visitors out of your home.

Eco Advantage Termite and Pest Solutions is your trusted pest control expert. Whether your home is in Fayetteville or Hope Mills, you can count on Eco Advantage Termite and Pest Solutions to rid your home of pesky rodents, cockroaches, spiders, and other nuisances. Be sure to give us a call today at (910) 425-6415 to learn more about how we can eliminate your winter pests for good!