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Self Termite Control
Self termite control is easier said than done. Certainly, you can try self termite control techniques, but ridding a home of termites is a job that's generally better left to professionals. Removing termites requires a knowledge of building construction and the use of special tools. A typical termite control job involves trills, pumps, hundreds of gallons of pesticide and so forth.
Of course, there are a few exceptions. If a small area outside of your home is infested, such as a miniature shed or a mailbox post, you may be able to eliminate the pest infestation through self termite control. You may even be able to use non toxic sprays. However, if it's a serious termite infestation, these sprays may not be sufficient.
Do-it-Yourself Pest Control
Self termite control is worth trying if your infestation is very mild, or, again, outside your home. However, self pest control can be expensive, and it doesn't always work that well. You may end up spending a lot more on self pest control options than you would if you chose to pay a professional, instead.
Self termite control may involve baiting. Wood termite baiting systems are often advanced. You can buy kits to help you bait the termites. Termite baits can be very effective and work quickly. A termite will investigate the poison, eat it, and bring it back to the colony. If the baiting area disturbs their colony, though, and they recognize it as toxic, it won't work.
Another option is to purchase your own insecticides. However, self termite control with your own insecticides is quite dangerous. These chemicals are very toxic, an could cause self harm or harm your family. Self pest control with insecticides is probably not the best option.
Non toxic sprays are the best option, but, again, these are best left to professionals. As a non-expert, you won't know where to spray. Experts can access the right places, and make sure the non toxic sprays thoroughly cover the area. While you might prefer problem solving on your own, self termite control is not that easy.
You can to some self pest control after the treatment, though. You can plant bushes and flowers, for example, which will attract birds, bees and spiders. They are natural predators of termites. Also, in the interest of self termite control, you can make sure the foundation of your home is not wood, but a material that termites can't get through.
Is Your Home Infested?
Recognizing whether or not you have a termite infestation is the first step you'll need to take. If you've discovered winged termites in your home, then you probably have an infestation. However, sometimes people mix up ants and termites. Termites have straight antennae, whereas ants have elbowed ones. Also, termites have long uniform waists and their wings are the same size.
You will most likely see them around doors and windows around your home. If you see them outside, you don't need to worry so much. You may have them in the yard, but not in the home. If you see them inside, though, you should look for other signs of infestation, and you may want to call a professional.
You should look for mud tubes extending over walls, too. These tubes shelter termites. You can break one open to see if the small white termites are in there working. However, the tube may be abandoned, so just because a tube is empty, doesn't mean that they're gone. You might also look for holes in plaster or drywall.
Termites often hide for years and years, though, which is why it's best to seek the help of a professional. There are many companies out there who deal with termites, and it can be difficult to choose. Cost is obviously a consideration, and it varies greatly. Also, the service can be excellent or mediocre, and there's nothing worse than hiring someone only to find that the termites come back in a short period of time.
So, chose a company carefully. You can spend a week or even a month making this decision, since termites move very slowly. Find a firm that doesn't try to rush you or push you with special deals or scary facts. Get a few quotes. You want to find a reputable technician who will do a good job. You should also consider whether you'd prefer non toxic sprays, baiting or liquids.
While you may like the sound of self termite control, dealing with termites is definitely a job that's better left to the experts. It's not worth taking the risk of harming your home, self or your family. A liquid insecticide for termites should last at least five years when applied correctly, and it's worth having a professional do it so that you can sleep soundly!