Can I Get Rid of Termites Myself?
If you are faced with an active termite infestation, it’s best to call in the help of a professional pest control company who can get rid of them safely and properly.
One of the most common questions people ask when it comes to treating active termites is whether they can get rid of termites on their own. Unfortunately, the answer is almost always “no”. Treating termites is not a DIY project, as colonies can be hidden anywhere in or near your home and often in areas you can’t access.
Termite treatment requires the knowledge, experience, and skills possessed by an expert who can effectively find and control any termites in your property.
The Drawbacks of DIY Termite Treatments
Many people make the mistake of believing they can successfully get rid of termites on their own, especially with so many articles on the internet making unsubstantiated claims on how to do so. Some of these methods include traps and baiting, heat treatments, boric acid, all-natural techniques, and more. It’s important to note that while some of these may be effective for prevention purposes, they’re rarely enough to fight off a full-blown infestation. Termites are notoriously tricky to get rid of because they are often hidden in areas around or in the home that aren’t easily accessible. Furthermore, getting rid of an entire infestation requires eliminating the queen termite, which is complicated even for a trained professional.
Can I Prevent Termites Myself?
While you should leave treatment to the professionals, most pest control companies will provide you with ways in which you can help protect your home from termites in the first place or to prevent future infestations. Some tips to keep termites away from your property include:
- Avoid having sources of wood in contact with the soil.
- Make sure any lumber around your home is treated to deter termites.
- Eliminate decaying sources of wood inside and outside the home.
- Make sure to eliminate sources of standing water and fix leaky pipes or faucets.
- Regularly check for signs of termites in and around the home.
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When to Call a Professional for Termite Treatment
As soon as you notice what you may think to be signs of termites in your property, it’s time to call a professional pest control company. Although you might see articles online about DIY termite control, it simply is not an option when you already have an infestation. Termite colonies can extend hundreds of feet from your building, tunneling, and nesting deep within the soil. With a pest problem that is this widespread, you need professional help.