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Things to Consider When Approaching a DIY Termite Control Solution

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DIY termite control plans can save you time, money and trouble from termite treatments and renovations. In order to be able to successfully prevent any termite infestation, you must have a basic knowledge on the most common methods used for termite control.

Safety & Approach

It's not uncommon for people to go the DIY route when it comes to implementing termite control. However, if you choose to go with this, you have to approach it with caution. While many people have been capable of performing these operations, experts claim there are some risks that you subject yourself to by not contacting a professional.

First of all, you must evaluate the extent of the termite infestation and the damage caused to your property. If you are unaware of how to do this, you could choose to seek professional help just to get a grasp on how to start your DIY adventure. You must also be aware that not all people are capable of working with specific pieces of equipment or chemicals and may endanger the health of the occupants. Only consider a DIY approach when you are absolutely sure that you know what you're doing.

Termite Baiting

This is a method commonly used by professional termite control companies. There are also a couple options for homeowners to do themselves. Most people consider this the ideal termite control method because there are fewer chemicals used than in the process of chemical treating. Termite baiting does come with its own disadvantages; it takes quite a lot of time and, when used alone, it might not completely exterminate all termites

Before starting with this procedure, you will need to personally inspect the household and the surrounding area. Take note of all wooden areas as well as areas that are rich in moisture. These are prone to being attacked by termites. Also look for the areas where pieces of wood come in contact with the ground or soil areas, as these are ideal places that facilitate the growth of termites.

Start by placing pieces of wood under the ground in the areas that you have shortlisted earlier. These so called baits will attract termites every now and then. Check them every couple weeks, and when you are sure they have attracted a fair amount of termites, replace them with the treated baits. The treated baits will contain a substance ingested by worker termites that they will then bring back to their colony for the other members to ingest as well. Theoretically, this should wipe out the entire termite population, but it rarely works that way. In order to completely wipe out a termite population, seek help from professionals.

If you have specific questions about treating for termites, contact a business like Frontline Termite & Pest Control for help.