Do It Yourself Termite Control
Termite infestation can occur in the best-kept homes and be a cause of great concern for any homeowner. Most active termite infestations need chemical treatment but preventive measures like reducing conditions conducive to termite infestation can be undertaken by repairing moisture and ventilation problem. This helps to reduce infestations of some termite populations. Unfortunately, these measures do not provide control.
Factors effecting termite control and efficient DIY measures
The most crucial step in a do it yourself termite control project would be to begin with eliminating the egg-laying queen and other reproductive elements. There are kits available in the market, especially developed for treating this menace and these pesticides are also referred to as Termiticides. These are slow acting poisons or growth regulators and the chemicals are carried in food that is eaten by termite workers and later fed to the queen and other members of their colony. To completely eliminate a colony, the queen and all other reproducing elements need to be eliminated/sterilized. Non-chemical treatments – heat, cold, fungal pathogens, or microwaves treatments – also have good success rates as effective dry wood termite control measures.
Do it yourself termite control requirements
The first thing to find out is the type of termites in the home so that the problem can be tackled best. Consider the type of home you have and structural features inside and outside of the home to determine the type of control required for termites and how the conditions conducive to termite infestation can be corrected. There are many over-the-counter termite control products available, which include chemical and biological treatments with stomach poisons, growth regulators and quick-kill formulations. Though these are readily available, the proper knowledge of effectively and safely using them is a bit of a learning task.
Limitations to a DIY termite control project
Since all homes are unique, there are a wide variety of materials used in their construction and the same difference applies to the land that they are built on-in terms of different soil types, slopes and water drainage systems. All these factors affect the knowledge and skill needed to identify type of termites as well as the extent of the infestation, thus, eliminating favorable conditions for selecting correct treatment options. So, a DIY job may just as well prove to be very heavy on the pocket if not armed with adequate knowledge and training., trying to do the job yourself may be a costly mistake. Furthermore, if treatments are mixed, applied and monitored incorrectly, it may result in compromising the environment and safety of the worker as well as the family.