DIY always seems as if it might be the cheaper option, especially when it comes to pest control. However, DIY termite control is not the best option if you want to make sure you are protecting your home from the damage that these little creatures can wreak. Before you spend your hard earned money and valuable time on treatments that might not work, you need to understand why DIY is not your best option.
Difficult to Eradicate
Termites are well-known for being difficult to remove from your home. If you don’t have the appropriate control methods, you could be fighting a losing battle. There are plenty of options available for DIY termite treatment, but these are often less effective than those that licensed pest control companies use on your home. While these treatments may kill off some of the termites invading your home, if every area is not treated properly, the chances of these weaker options getting the job done are slim. When you use a professional pest control service, you are receiving treatment from professionals that have the knowledge, chemicals, training, and technology needed to successfully treat the infestation, and ensure that the problem doesn’t recur.
Proper Treatment Requires Equipment
In most cases, those who take on DIY termite treatment imagine they can just spray an insecticide and move on to the next project. This is not true. Proper treatment for termites requires specialized equipment such as concrete drills and injection rods. Trying to treat your home without these tools is essentially an exercise in futility. Termites burrow deeply into the ground and your home, and without these items, the likelihood of making sure that the termiticide actually reaches everywhere it needs to go is slim.
Availability of Treatment Options
When you head into your local hardware store or home DIY location, you may find quite a few insecticides that claim they can eradicate your termite infestation. Among these are bait systems. There is no denying that these systems are effective, especially considering that even professional pest control companies use them. However, the options available for DIY are not the same as those used by these companies. In most cases, manufacturers of the most effective bait systems, which use insect growth regulator, work closely with professional organizations, not stores that sell directly to the public. Those available in stores almost always recommend inspections by a professional company for best results, and they are only effective when coupled with an appropriate barrier treatment.
Any kind of chemical used around the home presents a danger to children and pets. While most of the chemicals available for DIY use are not as strong as those used by the professionals, they can still pose safety problems if they are not used appropriately. Pest control professionals know exactly how to apply these chemicals to ensure the safety of both your children and your pets. The result is a complete application that eradicates your infestation, without harming those you care about most around your home through contamination or accidental exposure.
If you know for sure that you have a very small termite problem, you might be able to treat the problem using DIY methods. However, if the problem has already reached infestation size, the costs associated with purchasing the chemicals and appropriate equipment needed to get the job done correctly and effectively can quickly add up. If you compare the costs, safety, and the availability of truly effective treatment options, you will quickly discover that attempting DIY termite pest control may not be the best option in your situation. If you have any doubts, always contact the professionals at Dugas Pest Control to prevent further damage to your home.