DIY vs. Professional Termite Control: Which is the Best Option for Your Situation?

Realizing that your home is dealing with an infestation of any kind can be enormously stressful. In addition to the potential hazards that come along with insects in the home– like bacteria or even structural damage– just knowing that your home is infested with unwanted critters can cause a lot of anxiety.

You’re probably here because you’ve got suspicions that your home is infested with termites, and you’re trying to figure out the next step. Relax– we’re here to help.

What are the signs of a termite infestation?

Looking closely around your house should help you determine whether you’re experiencing a problem with termites.

First, actually seeing the insects themselves– or their droppings– is most likely an indicator that you’re dealing with an infestation.

Have you recently noticed that doors or windows around your home are much more difficult to open or close? While this can occasionally be chalked up to changes in humidity, it can also be an indication of a termite infestation. Termites tend to seek out windows and door frames because the wood that they eat is easily accessible.

Once they’ve been snacking on the windows or door frames in your home, they’ll sustain damage– the wood is now warped, causing the difficulty you’re experiencing with opening and closing them.

You can also take a look at the walls around your home– while termites often stay hidden behind wallpaper or paint, they still leave telltale signs that will unmistakably expose an infestation. Some of these signs include the presence of tiny pinholes, paint that looks like it’s bubbling, or spots that resemble dents that weren’t there before.

Can I treat a termite infestation on my own?

Most people want to consider the possibility of DIY treatment first, before hiring a professional. We get it– you want to save money wherever you can.

Before getting into the nitty-gritty about which is better for your situation, you should first consider that DIY options typically are not nearly as effective as professional pest treatment services.

An ineffective DIY treatment prolongs the amount of time that termites are damaging your home– and when it comes to termites, you really don’t have much time to spare.

The longer you wait, the more structural damage they can cause. And repairing structural damage is definitely more expensive than pest treatment– just something to keep in mind.

If you want to try and handle the termite infestation yourself, using essential oils might be a good place to start.

Spraying diluted essential oils onto affected areas will discourage termites from eating the wood there– it won’t taste good to them anymore, and can discourage them from returning.

Another DIY option: borax powder. This is an effective deterrent for many different types of critters, including ants and bed bugs.

However, while these treatments might keep termites away from certain parts of your home, our professional opinion is that termite infestations are not a problem to DIY.

Why? Because termites can access parts of your home that you cannot– like the actual frame of your home.

A pest treatment professional has the right equipment and products to solve a termite problem for good, while DIY treatments unfortunately function more like a Band-Aid on the problem.

What should I do if I see brown recluse spiders in my home?

Seeing brown recluse spiders and webs often in your home means that you’re most likely dealing with an infestation.

Even if you’re not aware of any insects present in your home that these spiders might be attracted to, the spiders are there to hunt– and if you see them, it means they’ve been finding some good meals in your house! They might be finding silverfish, roaches, beetles, or other insects hiding in crawl spaces or other parts of your home that are sheltered from cold weather.

First, if you have brown recluse spiders in Arkansas, exercise caution in your home. This includes shaking out clothing that’s been unused for a while, tapping your shoes upside down before putting them on, and keeping an eye out for spiders in cluttered or unused spaces in your home.

You should also contact a professional pest control service. Children, the elderly, and people with existing medical conditions can have the most severe reactions to brown recluse bites, and it’s best to eradicate the problem in order to keep you and your family safe.

Give Hopper Environmental Services a call today to make an appointment!

Feb 10, 2023

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