Termite Control Methods: Residential vs. Professional
With the current known species of termites around the world at the 3,000 mark, and rising each year, your home may be a potential food source for these hungry pests. Once termites infest a home, the damage can range from the foundation and floors to the ceiling and roof tiles, and any wood structure in-between.
If you are concerned your home has an infestation or you want to determine if your home has nesting termites, there are options open to residents to use do-it-yourself products and natural termite control techniques.
Although these may seem like the perfect solution, it is highly recommended you contact a professional termite control service to search for, treat with appropriate termite control chemicals, and eliminate all termite activity.
Why Termite Control at Home Doesn't Work
You may be tempted to attempt a termite control home remedy, but chances are, the process will be more like putting a Band-Aid on the problem. Termite treatment at home is designed as a quick fix for the moment, not for the long term.
There are a few steps you can take to help keep termites from finding your home, entering your home, and keeping alert for signs of termites in your home or garden.
- Inspect your home periodically and look for signs of termites such as mud tubes, which are long thin tubes termites use as a highway to your home.
- If you have a crawlspace or a basement, check these areas for termite activity such as mud tubes, small piles of debris, and signs of damage to wood beams, etc.
- Moisture attracts termites, which means it's important to keep cracks and crevices and any other entry point sealed. It's also important to have proper ventilation to control moisture buildup.
- Do a visual check of your yard for termites. If spotted, you can install termite bait stations, which serve as a deterrent in keeping inquisitive termites away from the home.
- Do not allow any accumulation of wood, mulch, leaves, etc. near your home. If you have a mulch pile or stacked wood, it needs to be at a minimum of 20-feet from the home.
- Maintain your landscaping by keeping trees, shrubs, and any other vegetation trimmed and not touching or near the exterior to prevent attracting termites.
Benefits of Professional Termite Control
When termites move in, it's to find food to fuel the colony. This is a continuous cycle requiring termite control products and termite control specialists. Consider these benefits provided by pest experts.
- A professional service has the knowledge to determine the type of termites that are infesting your home.
- As an expert in termite extermination, the technician will suggest a plan of action.
- The service will have available products and treatments for your termite type and situation, and they know how to apply these products safely.
- With a professional service, you'll have access to a maintenance plan carried out by the company to ensure termites do not return.
Contact Clint Miller Exterminating
At Clint Miller Exterminating, we've been taking care of pests for over 30 years and that includes termites. We have expert technicians, a variety of termite control products to fit your needs, and treatments guaranteed to do the job. Call today or use our online form to schedule your no obligation free home inspection.