When termites appear on your property, you have to act fast before they spread. Some homeowners try to eradicate termites using DIY techniques. However, DIY termite treatment often fails.

If you have spotted termites in your home or on your property, think twice before using DIY techniques to eradicate them. DIY termite treatments fail for a number of reasons.

Homeowners lack the necessary knowledge

When you first discover a termite problem, you need to do a little research before you take action. This is why professional pest controllers perform an inspection before they carry out termite control. You need to identify the species of termite so that you can understand how they behave. If you can't accurately identify termite species, then your DIY treatment efforts won't be effective.

Sprays only treat visible problem areas

Termites are not a surface problem. This fact means that even if you spray termites that you can visibly see in damaged wood or in mud tunnels, you are only killing a minuscule fraction of the entire termite colony. The termites that you can't see, or reach with sprays or other home remedies, will continue to eat the wood in nearby areas of your home.

Sprays wear off after a short period

Spray treatments that you buy from the store will kill termites on contact and soak into the infested wood. But once a spray treatment has dried, it will gradually wear off. And once a spray wears off, the termites will return and continue to eat the wood in the treated area.

Termites relocate when threatened

You can destroy termite mud tunnels and spray infested wood, but this won't be enough to get rid of your termite problem. When termites encounter danger, they simply retreat and move on to another area. So although you may have temporarily interrupted the termites with a DIY treatment, those termites will travel elsewhere in your home and cause even more damage.

Termite colonies are usually outdoors

Most termite species invade homes and buildings from outside. For instance, subterranean termites attack from their colonies in the soil, and dampwood termites attack from their colonies in nearby infested logs or trees. Unless you can find those colonies and eradicate them, the termite threat will remain.

Professional treatment is most effective

Termite control professionals know how to identify termite species and where to look for them. These professionals also have effective treatments that can kill small infestations and entire colonies. You also need to think about prevention. Pest control companies can carry out preventative termite control measures, such as termite baiting stations and liquid soil treatments.

If you want your termite problem gone quickly and permanently, call a professional termite pest control service.