Unfortunately many homeowners don’t know the safest and most effective ways to prevent termites from their homes. There are many mistakes that homeowners make because they do not know what signs to look out for and what they should do when they suspect a termite infestation. Homeowners can save money and protect their precious homes by avoiding several mistakes.
Mistake: Skipping Termite Inspections
Termite prevention isn’t exactly a one-and-done treatment. The best way to prevent termites is with annual inspections. Just like regular checkups for your physical health, prevention is the best line of defense.
Mistake: Skipping Pre-Treating Wood During Construction
As the real estate market booms, demand grows for custom-built homes. Some buyers are buying property in its construction state. During the construction stage, the wood foundations and structures can be treated to prevent termites for the life of the wood. Many home buyers make the mistake of skipping this treatment to save money, only to later experience a termite infestation that requires costly and extensive treatment.
Mistake: Leaving Mulch And Firewood Close To The House
Termites feed on wood and wood-based materials. Leaving mulch or firewood close to the home is like leaving their favorite food close to your home; it draws them to your property and increases the likelihood of an infestation.
Mistake: Attempting To Do It Yourself Instead Of Hiring Professional Exterminators
Every homeowner wants to save money, and some will attempt to treat the infestation by themselves. However, most do not know the proper method to inspect and exterminate termites. DIY treatments may give you the illusion that you have killed the termites, when in reality, you haven’t killed the entire colony and now they are free to reproduce and spread, unbeknownst to you; this only worsens the situation.
Mistake: Skipping Bora-Care
The best exterminator will try to prioritize spot treatment and natural treatment whenever possible. However, the best exterminators will also let homeowners know when an infestation is so severe that it requires tent fumigation or traditional termiticide. Tent fumigation without Bora-Care will remove the termites, but won’t prevent them from coming back. Bora-Care is the industry gold standard for a reason: it removes the termites and keeps them away.
Mistake: Using Orange Oil On Subterranean Termites
Orange oil works well to kill dry wood termites but not subterranean termites. Orange oil disintegrates the exoskeleton of the insect. Some termite invasions are so widespread that orange oil will not be effective enough. Orange oil is a practical treatment method for localized dry wood termites, but tent fumigation can assure total termite removal of the entire colony from the entire property. Tent fumigation and Bora-Care are often necessary to kill the termites and prevent them from coming back.
Natural Science Exterminating prioritizes spot treatment and organic treatment over tent fumigation and traditional chemicals whenever possible. However, we will always recommend the best approach for your unique situation. Instead of making costly termite treatment mistakes, you can count us to exterminate your home safely and effectively.
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