DIY Termite Treatment

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Do It Yourself Termite Extermination: Why Hire a Professional?

While attempting to control termite infestations with or without professional assistance, New England residents generally have two primary options: liquid pesticides, specifically called termiticides, or termite baits.

While both approaches to termite treatment are widely regarded as being effective solutions, the knowledge and skills required to execute each option properly and effectively often proves daunting for homeowners (non-pest control operators).

Nevertheless, private consumers can find certain chemical termiticides and baits available for use at home and sold in stores.

Barrier Treatments

Also known as a conventional or barrier treatment, the traditional method of controlling termite infestations uses liquid termiticides (insecticides that specifically target termites).

As termites regularly travel through soil, applying a layer/creating a barrier of termiticide in the ground adjacent to an infested structure can kill or repel the wood-eating insects as they approach the structure.

Though popular and seemingly simple, the barrier treatment requires certain hardware and skills that most ordinary homeowners do not possess.

Specialized equipment, such as concrete drills and injection rods, are typically needed to insert termiticides deep enough into the soil and to soils under concrete (patios, driveways) where termites may potentially be entering the structure.

The average barrier treatment generally uses around 200 gallons of termiticide solution. Furthermore, laws in certain New England states severely restrict the use of termiticides by private residents.

Massachusetts law, for instance, prohibits the sale of large quantities of termiticides to anyone other than a licensed professional.

Baiting Systems

The other popular method of controlling subterranean termite infestation is the use of a baiting system. This approach involves strategically placing poisonous bait along potential foraging routes into a structure.

The termites locate and consume the bait, then return to the nest and spread the poison throughout the colony.

In lieu of poison, some baits contain insect growth regulators that eliminate termite colonies indirectly and more gradually.

Although baiting may seem like a straightforward approach, the strategy is most effectively carried out by pest control specialists.

Baiting demands constant/routine monitoring and addition/movement of bait stations, for which many homeowners lack the time or patience.

Calling the Professionals

The availability of termite baits made for private use is also extremely limited, as most manufacturers distribute directly and exclusively to pest extermination professionals.

As such, when encountering/treating termite infestations, New England residents should consider do-it-yourself (DIY) methods with caution and enlist the help of a pest control specialist for best results.

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