A scenario which happens all too often is that while doing maintenance work in their homes, clients find that an infestation of termites. Their first response is usually panic, and unfortunately that panic can quite often drive them to attempt some termite control of their own before they involve professional help.
After speaking with our technicians we have compiled a list of things you should absolutely avoid after discovering termites:
Using Home Insecticides on Termites
It makes sense when you think about it; you have insecticide, termites area type of insect, so spraying them should help, yes? Home owners should not resort to spraying these insecticides to solve the problem. Whilst the spray will certainly take care of the termites you can see and reach with the spray, there are thousands of termites that you can’t see and using a spray will cause them to panic, scurrying to other parts of the house, which in the end won’t solve your problem.
Removing Infested Wood
If you discover termites in wood, the last thing you want to do is disturb them. Disturbing active termites will give them cause to leave the area and go searching for a more secluded food source, and, if you originally found them outside, that food source may be your house. If you think or know you have termites, have someone qualified to look at them and deal with the problem. After that it should be safe to deal with the bad wood.
Ignore the Problem
The worst thing you can do is ignore the problem as it will only get worse the longer you leave it. If you think you have termites, call whoever deals with infestations in your area and have them send someone out to look over the infected area, allowing them to see the problem firsthand and confirm that it is termites. They will also be able to offer advice about the various treatment options available to you.
Treat the Termites with an Over-the-Counter Spray
Sometimes, after a client has had it confirmed that there is a termite infestation on his or her property, instead of allowing the problem to be handled professionally, they try their hand at DIY extermination, using a spray or kit that they bought from a DIY store. There are many problems with this approach, starting with the most obvious: people are trained professionally in how to deal with termites and other insects for a reason. Professionals are not only trained to deal with infestations and know best how to handle it, they also have access to stronger treatments than are generally available in mainstream shops.
Another reason for going the professional route is that, while an over-the-counter option may be cheaper, it is unlikely to work, and in the time between using that option and hiring an actual exterminator because the termites are still there, the damage may have gotten worse, costing you more money in the long run.