We tend to seek D.I.Y. (Do-It-Yourselves) methods on various occasions and home needs such as self-fix home renovation or furnishing to save on cost. Painting, carpentry and even pest control for termite problems to list a few.
Addressing termite infestation by yourself is not only time-consuming but also risky as the treatments may impact on the safety level, chemical has effects on your health and environment coupled with its complexity level.
There are two primary methods of termite control practiced today:
Termiticide Application – Liquid termite insecticides are injected in the ground to serve as a treatment barrier. It is often used by professionals as homeowners may not have access to the tools and equipment and the know-how to determine what space interval, dosing level and amount to inject into each hole. Beware of also drilling into cables and wiring, thus professional pest control uses coring machine to detect such presences.
Termite Baits – Besides injecting chemicals into the ground, termite baits can either insert into the soil or attached on the wall so that termites can be lured before applying baits for them to consume. While these baits may be available in the market, users may not know how to observe the termite activity through these baits and traps or potentially could place at the wrong location due to the inability to detect termite activities accurately.
Licensed pest management specialists comply with strict local and state regulations in delivering termite control solutions, and undergo stringent quality control in order to ensure adequate and quality protection for your home and your family.
Here’s a simple evaluation on whether can you treat termites by yourself.
Positive reasons why you can treat termites by yourself:
1.) It is readily available on D.I.Y. shops, supermarkets or online platform.
2.) It is usually at affordable prices as it omits other servicing, monitoring and inspection costs.
3.) It is easy and straightforward to use, and may come with label instructions. Typically simple spraying, attaching or inserting baits or sticking units where an activity is observed.
4.) It offers a wide range of product options in the market.
5.) It doesn’t require a license to apply.
Why are termites difficult to control with D.I.Y. methods?
Although a single termite doesn’t seem too intimidating, termites come in colonies that may house thousands if not millions of termites that can cause significant damage to your home in the long run.
What’s more? Termites travel upwards and sideways and nest deep within a structure or underground, D.I.Y. methods may not be able to reach them and contain the problem. Worst of all, as compared to other visible pests such as ants and cockroaches, termites are less visible.
A special detecting device may be required to locate these termite activities to avoid treating non-infested area or treating a surface problem only.
Here are some further pointers to evaluate whether can you treat termites by yourself?
1.) It doesn’t guarantee total pest elimination. There is a limitation in terms of control, efficacy and reach.
2.) It risks getting the infestation worse, thus incurring more expenses to recover and replace the structure while engaging pest control to rectify the problem.
3.) It puts your health and safety at risk when dealing with insecticides and chemicals particularly when one is not trained in application. Professional pest control has to comply PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
4.) Its results are short-term as it tends to treat on-the-surface problems rather than fixing the root cause.
5.) You’re not a trained expert. Placing at the wrong location, spraying at non-targeted areas, using wrong chemical type or not covering adequately.
Choose Rentokil for professional, proactive pest management. We work diligently to get rid of your termite infestation problem to ensure a safe and healthy environment for you. Get your home inspected early, call us at (65) 6347 8138