“Why do I need a pest control professional to come to my house to get rid of termites? Can’t I just do it myself?” Given the number of termite control options available at your local hardware or home improvement store, this is a pretty fair question. For the DIY inclined homeowner especially it is tempting to get rid of termites yourself. But there are some things to consider before jumping in to the task.
Unlike a mole problem, which we believe you might be able to eradicate yourself if you’re up to the challenge, it is a bit more complicated to get rid of termites. Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions is your St. Louis termite control expert, and as a trusted adviser to the St. Louis community, we want to make sure you don’t waste your time and money on ineffective solutions.
Treating the Source
One of the most common problems people experience when they try to get rid of termites themselves is that they buy chemicals and bait stations that just treat the problem, not the source. Many homeowners end up just moving termite colonies instead of eliminating them altogether.
A termite control company will be more effective in treating the source instead of just spraying the problem and moving it around or at best disabling it temporarily. However you should also ensure your St. Louis termite control company is honest – this isn’t always a quick fix and it requires monitoring even after the original termite treatment.
Unique Skills to Get Rid of Termites
It takes special skills and knowledge to get rid of termites. First of all, you need extensive knowledge of building construction concepts in order to identify critical areas where termites are likely colonizing and entering your home. Often times these points of entry are hidden or difficult to access. Your local pest control company should know right where to look and willing to crawl into tight spaces that you might be less comfortable with.
Additionally, effective termite control often utilizes specialized equipment such as masonry drills, pumps, large-capacity tanks, and soil treatment rods. Your local termite control professional should have access to tools that you might not otherwise have access to, or want to invest in, just to get rid of termites. These extra tools are often hidden costs to DIY solutions.
Chemicals for Termites
Treating a whole home is different than treating a single space isolated from vulnerable structures. A typical home termite treatment may involve hundreds of gallons of a liquid pesticide (called termiticide) injected into the ground alongside the foundation, beneath concrete slabs, and within foundation walls. Buying that much chemical is expensive over-the-counter, but your local termite control professional should be able to purchase it in bulk discounts. Also consider the hidden costs of equipment required to apply the termite treatment that you might purchase or create yourself.
When You Should Get Rid of Termites Yourself
Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions is a locally owned pest control company. Founded and still operated by Jeff Holper, this family business knows a thing or two about the DIY movement and entrepreneurship. In fact, we absolutely love how hard working, creative, and resourceful our fellow St. Louisians are. We certainly don’t want to discourage that.
One rule of thumb we use when considering whether to get rid of termites yourself or with a termite control partner like us is – if your home is infested, use a pest management company. If something like just your mailbox, sandbox, or other small wooden object not attached to the house is infested, a smaller scale treatment that you can get over the counter may suffice.
If you want to get rid of termites yourself, feel free to call us and talk with us anyway. Ask us your questions and bounce your ideas off of us. We’d be honored to help you in your pursuit to protect your home. If you do have a termites problem but aren’t comfortable with a DIY solution, give us a call too. We’d be honored to partner with you as you seek to get rid of termites and protect your home!