Does DIY Termite Treatment Really Work?
By Frank Reece
Professional termite control services are expensive, which makes many people wonder if they couldn't do it themselves. However, there's a lot more to dealing with termites than just applying insecticides. While there are a few things you can do on your own, many termite control methods should be done by a pro. Here are your options for DIY termite treatment, and information about when you should really call in someone with experience.
There are two methods of DIY termite control out there. The first is prevention - keeping termites out of the house in the first place. The second is attempting to destroy an existing infestation. If you don't have termites already, but live in an area where they tend to have colonies, preventative treatments are important. They're also the easiest to do on your own.
To keep termites from infesting your home, it's important to make sure that untreated wood not touch the soil. If there's any wood that is in contact with the ground, be sure to treat it with a chemical that repels termites. You can also trench and treat an area all the way around the structure. Just make sure that there are no gaps that termites can use to get to your home. The treatment will have to go down into the ground, so subterranean termites can't get to the house via tunnels.
To deal with an existing infestation, a combination of traditional liquid termiticides and baits might be the best method. However, you should only do this if you know what you're doing. Application of liquid anti termite chemicals can be difficult and complicated, and might need special equipment. If you have a basement, or your home is on a slab, seek the assistance of a professional, because drilling will be needed. If you need to get proof of termite treatment, that'll need to be done by a licensed pest control company, too.
On the other hand, DIY termite treatment can be done for your own fences, sheds, barns, and similar structures. Homes with block construction and an adequate crawlspace can permit you to apply chemicals on your own. After you've treated the house, you may wish to maintain a bait installation. However, this also requires a lot of work.
For simple situations, DIY termite treatment is possible. However, for most people, it's a lot easier to get in contact with a professional who will do it right. While termite treatment may be expensive, it's worth it to know that the infestation won't come back.
Frank Reece has been in the industry for 25 years. You can find his articles on www.linkmyarticles.com
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