Discovering your home has termites comes with many expectations, and not all of them are grounded in reality. Many believe you can eliminate termites on your own if you find them early enough in their life cycle. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. Let’s take a look at typical expectations for termite removal versus the reality faced by pest control professionals daily.
Expectation: You Don’t Need an Annual Inspection Because Termite Signs Are Obvious
Reality: Annual Termite Inspections Are Critical in Dry Climate Areas
Termites do leave telltale signs of their presence: dirt trails on the floor, muddy residue seeping through walls and wood surfaces that have a bubbling appearance are all markers of an infestation. Sometimes you can even hear clicking in the walls as they burrow through the interior walls of your home. If your infestation has progressed to this point, you are already past the point of home pest control.
If you live in a hot, dry area, your home is prime real estate for termites. You should be inspecting your property at least once annually, if not more often. Hiring a professional pest control company is always your best option. Pest control pros have the experience and training to know exactly what signs to look for and where to look for them.
Expectation: I Can Eliminate Termites on My Own
Reality: Permanent Extermination Requires Extensive Knowledge and Training
Home pest control manufacturers do make home treatment kits for termites, but they have some significant limitations. First, you have to know where to apply the termite treatment to kill the nest for good. Second, you have to be certain that you are treating the entire nest and not just the portion that exists inside of your home. Finally, you will need to complete follow-up treatments every six months and conduct a complete inspection of your home.
If you don’t eliminate the nest properly the first time, you will end up spending more money on trying to eliminate the nest again. Worse still, the termites that aren’t destroyed by the initial treatment can continue to cause structural damage. Getting rid of a termite nest is definitely a task best left to professionals.
If you believe you have a termite infestation in your southwestern Virginia home, don’t delay. Contact Bug Man Exterminating today. We have the know-how and experience to eliminate your termite problem the first time and keep them from coming back. Click here for more information