So you think you have termites invading your home and now you are doubtful whether you should try DIY pest control methods or contact professional exterminators. In this article, we will share a couple of important things you should know in order to get rid of termites effectively. But first, let’s look at the common termite infestation signs.
Common signs of termite infestation
Before you start planning your termite control strategy, it is crucial to determine their kind and the level of infestation on your property. In Arizona, there are two kinds of termites that are common – subterranean and drywood termites.
Subterranean termites are winged termite species, about 3/8″ long. Their bodies are flat and light brown in color. Drywood termites are similar to the subterranean kind, but somewhat larger. They are not as common as their subterranean counterpart, but can cause costly damage to people’s properties.
Subterranean termites create mud-tubes from the soil to the wooden elements inside your home. The tubes can have the size of a pencil, but can also get much larger if left untreated. These home invaders can excavate wooden surface in houses and cover holes with soil, saliva and feces.
Another sign of termite presence is the appearance of swarmers near sources of light. They are most commonly noticed in spring and sometimes during the fall season. If you notice swarmers outdoors, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are inside your house. However, if you notice these winged, ant-like pests or a pile of wings inside your cozy home – it’s a sure sign of a termite infestation.
Damaged wood is another common sign of termite presence. The wooden surface will most likely appear damaged or crushed, and sound weird when tapped. As drywood termites nest and live inside the wood, they are challenging to detect until they have already caused enormous damage. Common signs of drywood termites include small sand piles around your house, which are actually termite fecal droppings.
DIY termite control vs. professional termite control
When deciding on termite control methods, people have two options to choose from: a do-it-yourself treatment or contacting professional services. Even though DIY termite control products are “more affordable”, a professional approach that’s reasonably priced will be more effective and more cost-effective in the long run.
Due to the recent recession and the shrinking of the middle class, people tend to save money and contact a pro only when its an “absolute most”. They first try to solve their termite issues using products they can find in local stores. By purchasing pest control products and applying them to infested areas on your own, you may be able to save a little money. However, as you are probably not a skilled termite control technician, you can’t be certain if your termite issue will be successfully solved.
If you can’t determine the level of infestation properly, you can cause additional damage. You will not only make the termite infestation worse, but you can also put the health of your family, pets and plants at risk. This is due to the strong and dangerous poison most termite control products consist of.
In order to avoid any risks and ensure a termite-free environment, it is always wiser to contact professional termite control technicians. Termite control professionals will determine the magnitude of the infestation and then create a strategy to safely remove the little invaders from your property in no time.
Why hire a pro to get rid of termites?
When using DIY termite control products, people risk spreading the infestation throughout their property. This is not an unusual occurrence, as it takes more than a strong pesticide to get rid of the persistent, hardworking pests. Professional termite control technicians use strong pesticides only when absolutely necessary. They apply these products appropriately, without causing any additional damage.
If left untreated, termites will gnaw and chew through wooden objects and surfaces, causing enormous damage to your house or building structure. The same thing happens if termites are treated improperly. Experienced and skillful technicians will take care of the infestation quickly, safely and efficiently.
Hiring a pro will ensure a healthy, termite-free environment. As using DIY termite control products can be highly toxic, you may expose your family to health risks. Also, you or a member of your family could easily come in contact with termite droppings which can cause certain health issues.
A DIY termite control approach can be time consuming and frustrating due to the lack of experience and desired results. Instead of investing your time, effort and money in attempts that could easily fail, it’s always better to leave the matter to already proven and successful professionals.
Some termite species can be resistant to DIY termite treatment products. Hiring an experienced pro can save you money as you would not have to buy costly products that may not be as effective as expected. Professional companies know the most effective, yet safe methods to ensure you a termite free environment.
In order to prevent termite invasions in the future, it’s crucial to learn about their life cycle, habits, behavior, the places they hide, etc. A proven professional termite control company like Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services will provide you with both effective treatment and useful information.
When hiring a professional termite control company, you protect yourself from worrying about these invaders eating their way through your living room or kitchen. You can leave the hard work to the experienced pros while you focus on your daily chores or plan your next getaway weekend. At Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services, we can ease your worries about providing a safe and clean environment for your family members and pets.
Why choose us?
When dealing with termites, be it subterranean or drywood, you deserve only the best treatment. At Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services, we provide premium services for reasonable prices. We take our customers seriously and handle each termite control case in a highly professional manner. Our team of experienced and skillful professionals understands termite behavior, so everyone knows what to look for when inspecting your property.