Avoid Making These Termite Treatment Mistakes!

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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Why You Should Treat Your Home With Bora-Care During Construction

Are you thinking of buying a newly-built or custom-built home? Prospective home buyers should know that homeownership is a heavy responsibility, both financially and physically. 

Pest control and maintenance can be some of the most significant expenditures for home maintenance. In addition to the physical damage, termites also cause financial damage, being one of the most prevalent pests in the United States. Termites accumulate more than $5 billion in property damage every single year across the country. A colony of termites in your home could cause massive and widespread physical damage. These pests feed on anything that has wood cellulose, which includes wall studs, posts, and beams. In severe cases where termites go unnoticed for more extended periods, these pests make the home an unlivable and unsafe space, posing danger and potential health risks. 

When it comes to treating termite infestations, homeowners face two expenses. One expense is hiring pest control experts to use professional methods to exterminate the termites. The second expense is repairing the physical damage to the home.

Proactive termite prevention can help homeowners save money in the long run. By preventing the risk of a termite infestation, homeowners are less likely to have to worry about extermination and repair after the fact. Bora-Care, a salt-based solution that works on any exposed wood, including foundations, basement, or attics, is one of the most efficient solutions to protect your home against termite attacks. 

What is Bora-Care?

Bora-Care contains borate mineral salt, an active ingredient, that penetrates the wood and lasts the lifetime of the wood. Bora-Care works by preventing the wood from being a food source, rather than other methods that involve treating the soil. Many home builders have adopted the treatment since the construction stage is the only time where all of the wood is accessible. If you are buying a newly-built or custom-built home, consider hiring professionals to treat the wood with Bora-Care while the house is in the construction stage. 

Preventative treatments are a great investment, saving money from having to exterminate your entire house if an infestation were to occur after the construction. Natural Science Exterminating uses Bora-Care to pre-treat the wood during the “dried-in” stage of construction, when the exterior walls, studs, roof, sheathing elements are in place, but before the interior wall coverings and insulation are installed. 

Natural Science Exterminating tries to spot treat or use organic treatments like orange oil whenever effectively possible. However, the most severe cases of termite infestation require the entire home to be fumigated. The cost and stress of exterminating can be avoided if you have the home treated properly during construction. Some of the homes we have treated are still free of any signs of termites 10 years later! 

If you notice a termite attack in your home, do not hesitate to call our professional exterminators. We work with the construction team of your home to ensure that Bora-Care is applied correctly so that you can move into your new home with peace of mind.

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Traditional Chemicals vs Natural Termite Treatment

Chances are that you failed to notice the first attack of small insects inside of your home. They usually appear in the spring season and crawl through crevices and openings while leaving behind their discarded wings. As time goes on, termites can cause serious destruction to your property and the damage may be financially burdensome. Therefore, it is necessary to be informed about termites and what to do upon their infestation.

What type of damage do termites cause?

If termite infestation is left unnoticed or untreated, it can pose serious damage to your house. Certain types of termites need more moisture; therefore, they prefer to stay close to the soil. They usually start eating away at foundational wood; these areas will need to be repaired or replaced entirely. In addition, they can attack the attic, wood inside drywall, and wood around windows and doors as well. Termites will eat away at any wood or cellulose material. There is nothing more upsetting than finding damage to your house. Like any big problem, the sooner termite damage is caught, the easier it is to remedy.

Do-it-yourself (DIY) extermination: is it effective?

In today’s digital world, many people turn to the internet to search for DIY tutorials. Some may even stumble upon and attempt a DIY termite treatment. But these creatures are not that easy to eliminate from your home. Experts reveal that termites cause almost $5 billion property damage in the United States annually; the most troublesome fact is that this cost is not covered by insurance plans. These DIY procedures are not always safe and effective against termites as most of them involve use of chemicals, poisons, and baits that can be misused if applied without experience. This can be highly dangerous if you have children or pets at home. An inexperienced or unqualified person wouldn’t know exactly how to apply these solutions safely and effectively. Therefore, instead of following DIY methods from tutorials on the internet, it is better to hire professionals for termite extermination.
Natural Science Exterminating has over 35 years of experience in termite and pest control. We use proven and effective treatments such as Bora-Care® and naturally-derived orange oil, with tent fumigation as the last resort.

Bora-Care® termiticide: a proven industry solution

Bora-Care® Termiticide is one of the most trusted and long-term effective solutions for eliminating termites. This treatment can be used for interiors and exteriors to get rid of termites fast. This product is odorless and promises low-toxicity treatment. As it is an EPA-registered solution, you can trust it to protect all types of wood at your home. It does not just stop termites; rather at the same time, it can treat other insects and pests. It can also destroy any existing decay fungi in your premises to protect against reinfestation. This is why Natural Science Exterminating uses Bora-Care® for natural and untreated wood.

Orange oil: incredible benefits of this natural treatment

Essential oils are derived from plants and they are available with different potencies; orange oil is one of the most commonly used organic solutions for treatment extermination. D-limonene is an active ingredient of orange oil and it kills termites in direct contact by breaking down their exoskeleton. At the same time, these oils also destroy their eggs so that new generations cannot attack your home again. As an alternative to traditional extermination methods, this organic and eco-friendly solution is widely recommended for termite treatment. It is effective against drywood termites, wood-boring beetles and carpenter ants. The only downside to Orange oil and eco-friendly treatments is that they can require multiple treatments to eradicate the entire infestation compared to traditional treatments that rarely require followup applications.

Both traditional termite removal methods and natural treatments are effective at stopping termite damage before it spreads but it takes an expert to identify the best solution. Before tenting your house, call Natural Science Exterminating and one of our trained inspectors can give you a free assessment of all the possible options. We only use termite tenting as a last resort. 

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