• Call (800) 479-6583
  • Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
  • |
  • Sat 9am-5pm
Menu

Termites DIY

Don’t Be Intimidated By DIY Termite Control

When you have termites, it is definitely a huge cause for concern, especially when coming to a decision of what to do about it.

So you scour the internet in search of options and opinions. You may find articles on how you can achieve complete termite control yourself with ease. But then, on the other hand, you can find a number blogs and articles--usually from termite exterminators and professionals--advising you not to conduct DIY termite treatments.

These articles are intimidating: telling you how complex the procedure is, the margin for error is very high, don’t waste your money, etc. They even go as far as telling you that DIY termite control will be a foolish mistake and to leave it to the pros if you want it done right.

These conflicting opinions can drive a homeowner nuts. We’re here to tell you that as much technical talk those sources throw at you to make it seem like you are in over your head if you decide to conduct DIY termite control, please take what they say with a grain of salt.

What Professional Termite Companies Don’t Want You To know About DIY Termite Control

That fact is: of course termite professional websites will write these type of articles. They want your money. They would rather you spend more money hiring them out than saving money by carrying out a termite treatment yourself.

Here’s another fact that the termite exterminators will hate for you to know: It actually is very simple to conduct a termite treatment if you’re willing to get your hands a little dirty.

Whether you use a professional or do it yourself, the result is usually the same: Termites are gone. But the main difference is that by treatment termites yourself you can save literally hundreds of dollars to thousands over professional termite treatments

Solutions Pest and Lawn can help you every step of the way with professional grade termite control products and helpful DIY termite control advice.

Check out this article: 3 Reasons Why DIY Termite Control Is Better Than Hiring an Exterminator

Why Professionals Discourage DIY Termite Treatments

Termites are the number one enemy for homeowners. Worse than thieves, burglars, and even natural disasters. There is nothing that causes more damage to a home in terms of cost than termites. You don’t have to take our word for it, just look at the statistics:

  • Termites cost U.S. property owners over $5 billion dollars each year.

  • The average cost to repair termite damage is $3,300.

  • Most home insurance companies do not accept damage claims that stem from termites. They view it as a home maintenance expense so homeowners usually have to pay completely out of pocket.


With this being the case, it is no wonder that exterminators and pest control companies continuously urge you to enlist their services and do their best to discredit conducting DIY termite control.  There’s a whole lot of money in it for them to do so.

Debunking the Reasons Exterminators Say You Can’t Do DIY Termite Control

Exterminators want you to believe that there is no other viable option than hiring them to eliminate those wood-loving termites that are tearing into your home.

They tell you that you aren’t qualified to handle a thorough termite inspection (you are), they tell you that the products you find at the big box stores are inferior (they are), and they tell you that it’s a dangerous job that requires specialized training (it doesn’t).

 

The “Termite Inspection Qualification” Mythunqualified

Here’s the truth: YOU ARE qualified to handle a termite inspection in your own home. Termite exterminating professionals try to intimidate you by telling you that it’s very technical and detail oriented when honestly, a termite inspection just requires a keen eye, a flashlight and perhaps a screwdriver to feel around.

If you need any more help than that, Solutions Pest & Lawn can give you free pointers in how to conduct a respectable DIY termite inspection. Just call us over the phone and our experts, who have dealt with many termite treatments, can walk you through an inspection, tell you the hotspots to watch out for and give you tips so you can carry out an inspection smoothly and easily.

So don’t sell yourself so short. Even a pest control novice homeowner can both conduct a termite inspection and carry out termite control applications without needing any kind of certification or training.

 

The Inferior Termiticides Myth

Regarding the insecticide chemicals being inferior at big box stores like Walmart and Home Depot and other similar stores, they are actually right. Most termiticides carried by these stores are diluted brand names that don’t deliver the same kick of termiticide concentrates we carry here at Solutions Pest & Lawn.

In fact, most termite exterminators buy professional grade termiticides we carry for their own pest control operations. To shop at Solutions Pest & Lawn, you don’t need a special license to purchase our termiticides.

Purchase the termiticides yourself and carry out the termite treatment yourself and you’ll have cut out the most expensive and overcharged part of hiring a professional termite exterminator: the labor.

The “It’s a Dangerous Job” Mythtermiter infestation

The scare tactic of saying that it’s a dangerous job to perform termite treatments to your own home is a bunch of hot air. If you are equipped with the basics in pest control safety equipment, you’ll be fine handling termiticides.

At Solutions Pest & Lawn, we have pest control safety kits, goggles, gloves, masks, everything you possible need to stay safe, and they are cheap!

You can successfully carry out a DIY termite control treatment while geared up in this safety equipment without any complications.

Heck the go to methods of handling termites aren’t dangerous at all. Here at Solutions, we recommend treatment methods such as digging a termite insecticide trench around the perimeter of your home, coating your unfinished wood with borate products and using termiticide foams.

All of these methods are effective in killing termites, are easy to do and are not dangerous to carry out whatsoever.

In Conclusion: You Can Do Termite Control Treatments Yourself With Ease!

We hope in this article you were able to learn to not always take what the professionals tell you as absolute fact and also not to deem yourself totally incompetent or inept to handle a termite control treatment.

To break it down into numbers for you so you could see just how much you can save via doing the DIY route of termite control:

Hiring a professional termite exterminator to inspect and treat your home can vary in price from $900 dollars to upwards of $2500 dollars. What surprises most people is that these exterminators like we mentioned above, use the termiticides that we carry here at Solutions which is available for any average joe to purchase via our stores or online.

Most of the costs of a professional termite treatment is in the labor. If you are willing to do the labor yourself, by merely purchasing our professional-grade termite control products, it’ll only cost you a couple hundred dollars saving you a bundle in labor costs if you were to hire out a professional.

If you’re like me, you like saving money, so why not go that route. Go shop our termite control products now.

If you ever need DIY termite treatment help, you can access our knowledgebase where you will find helpful how-to videos as well as articles on DIY termite control. You can also get in touch with us live as we’re available via phone (1800-479-6583), online live chat or email (askapro@solutionsstores.com)

Why Buy These Products

 


What does a Termite Treatment Cost?

Termites are the number one enemy for homeowners. Worse than thieves, burglars, and even natural disasters. There is nothing that causes more damage to a home in terms of cost than termites. Not only is termite wood damage extremely expensive to repair, the cost to hire an exterminator to inspect your home and apply treatments can be outrageously high in cost as well. You don’t have to take our word for it, just look at the statistics:

 

  • Termites cost U.S. property owners over $5 billion dollars each year.

  • The average cost to repair termite damage is $3,300.

  • Most home insurance companies do not accept damage claims that stem from termites. They view it as a home maintenance expense so homeowners usually have to pay completely out of pocket.

 

Hiring a professional termite exterminator to inspect and treat your home can vary in price from from $900 dollars to upwards of $2500 dollars. What surprises most people is that these exterminators use the termiticides and professional termite control products that we carry here at Solutions Pest & Lawn which is available for any average joe to purchase via our stores or by shopping online on our website.

 

Most of the costs of a professional termite treatment is in the labor. If you are willing to do the labor yourself, by merely purchasing our professional-grade DIY termite control products, it’ll only cost you a couple hundred dollars saving you a bundle in labor costs if you were to hire out a professional. That is a big difference!

 

You will notice that professional termite exterminators go above and beyond to discourage homeowners from conducting their own termite control treatments. They will tell you you’re unqualified or that it’s too technical. They do this for good reason: they don’t want to lose out on your business! What they are trying to do is scare you into dropping the money down to hire them rather than save money doing it yourself.

 

There is no need for you to have to break the bank just to take care of your termite issue. And there’s also no need for you to feel intimidated in conducting a DIY home inspection and treatment of your termite infestation because we here at Solutions Pest & Lawn also deliver you helpful step-by-step how-to advice so you can successfully get the job done right the first time.

 

Choosing the Right Products for the Job

In order to know the right products to use for a DIY termite treatment program, it is most important to know what type of termite you are specially dealing with. Different termite species have different habits and characteristics and living arrangements and thus different approaches must be put into place depending on the kind of termite problem you have.

 

For instance, subterranean termites live primarily in the soil and also travel to and fro from your home through the soil, thus subterranean termites require a termite control approach that kills them where they are, in the soil. Drywood termites, on the other hand, don’t live in the soil but create their nests in the wood itself. Drywood termites can live in old wooden furniture and other wooden elements of your home.

 

If you are having trouble figuring out which type of termite infestation you have, try to take an image of the termite and then send it our way at identification@solutionsstores.com. We will be able to help you correctly identify the termite species as well as give you the proper product recommendations you can use to successfully conduct DIY termite control treatments.

 

Can you Really do it yourself when it comes to Termite Treatment?

 

Here’s the truth: YES YOU CAN. You are qualified to handle a termite treatment in your own home. Termite exterminating professionals try to intimidate you by telling you that it’s very technical and detail oriented when honestly, a termite inspection and treatment just requires a keen eye, a flashlight and perhaps a screwdriver to feel around as well as the right professional products for the job which is where Solutions Pest & Lawn comes in with our variety of termite control products which have been tested and proven to kill entire infestations of termites.

 

If you need any more help than that, Solutions Pest & Lawn can give you free pointers in how to conduct a respectable DIY termite inspection. Just call us over the phone and our experts, who have dealt with many termite treatments, can walk you through an inspection, tell you the hotspots to watch out for and give you tips so you can carry out an inspection smoothly and easily.

 

So don’t sell yourself so short. Even a pest control novice homeowner can both conduct a termite inspection/treatment and carry out termite control applications without needing any kind of certification or training.

 

Whether your termite problem is a small one or a larger infestation, fret not because you can overcome and treat the problem the DIY way when you use a trusted source like Solutions Pest and Lawn as your provider and guide. Professional pest control services should only be for when you absolutely do not have the time or energy to devote to a termite control program or if you are just up to your ears in cash that you can easily fork over money without feeling any pain. If that sounds like you, then yes, go ahead and find an exterminator.

 

However, most of our customers like to save money and like the satisfaction and accomplishment of protecting their home from pests like termites DIY-style.  If you compare the costs, safety, and the convenience of going through a DIY pest control supplier and knowledge base like Solutions to a professional exterminator, you will quickly discover that conducting a DIY termite pest control program may be the smarter option for you (and your wallet). If you want to get started on DIY control program for termites to prevent further damage to your home, feel free to give us a call and we will design an effective program for your home and give you recommendations on the best products to buy so you can get cracking on removing termites from your home permanently.

 

How to inspect your home for Termites

While it may seem intimidating at first you can perform a successfully termite inspection all by yourself. With the correct approach and the right tools to help you along the way, you can inspect your home for termites and know all the hotspots where they are residing which will help you to move forward to the control phase of a termite treatment program.

 

Before you begin, it’s best to first know how to identify a termite properly. We have a variety of videos on how to properly identify a number of different termites which commonly are found in homes such as the most common subterranean termite, the Formosan termite, the drywood termite and the dampwood termite.

 

Once you are aware of what termites look like you can then gear up for the termite home inspection. You’ll first need a few tools to make your inspection easier. For instance, wearing coveralls would be a good uniform to wear as this may be a dirty job. Coveralls will protect your clothing when you are inspecting crawl spaces or foundations.

 

Secondly, a bright flashlight is also a good addition will help aid you with inspecting dark spaces like basements and attics. Thirdly, a sharp-ended object like a pocket knife or a flat-head screwdriver should also be apart of your inspection instruments as it will help you to probe wood for damage and exposed termite galleries in wood.

 

Areas of Focus For a Termite Inspection

 

To begin your termite home inspection you should pay close attention to certain areas that are more likely to have termite damage like basements and crawl spaces. This is when your sharp object will come in handy to poke around and probe. Within these areas, pay special focus to all the wooden construction elements such as:

 

  • Support posts

  • Subfloors

  • Joists

  • Support piers

  • Wooden decks and porches

  • Window sills and window frames

  • Wood piles or debris near the home's foundation

  • Tree stumps and wooden fence posts

  • Any area where the homes foundation comes into contact with the ground (concrete meets wood). These include steps, concrete slabs, and porches.

  • Cracks and brick construction

  • Expansion Joints and also cracks or spaces in cement where termites may possibly gain access

 

What to Look For During the Termite Inspection

 

Now that you know where to inspect for termites, there are chances where actual termites themselves will not be found. Termites are great hiders and may be in unreachable areas in the structure of your home. That’s okay though because they usually leave behind plenty of indicators that they have been present. Here are the main things you should watch for when conducting an inspection:

 

Winged termites: these termites may be found either on their own or in swarming groups near indoor or outdoor windows. Their presence can indicate that there is a nest nearby.

 

Mud tubes: These are mud based tunnels crafted by subterranean termites to travel from the soil where they live to the wood of your home. These may be present on wooden elements, concrete slabs or walls in your basement or crawl space.

 

Other things to watch for are: piles of wings, damaged wood (small holes in wood), and cracking paint. If you see any of these signs, probe with your sharp tool and you will likely be able to reveal any tunnels or termites.

 

It’s important to be thorough and not conduct an inspection haphazardly. A good inspection will clue you in on where the termites are residing so then you can move forward with control by arming yourself with the termite killing products the pros use which we carry at Solutions Pest & Lawn

 

You Might Find These Links Helpful:

Eastern Subterranean Termites

 

Formosan Termite Control


Drywood Termite Control


Conehead Termite Control


Desert Termite Control

Contact Us

x