Why You Should Leave Termite Damage to the Professionals

There are some problems we can solve by ourselves if we have the drive to roll up our sleeves and the time, energy, and know-how required to form a solution. When a water faucet needs to be replaced, perhaps that's a job we can do on our own without the help of a plumber. If we need to change the oil in a vehicle, perhaps we can get the job done, if we're willing to get our hands dirty and avoid bringing it to the garage. That is usually how it goes. Hiring a professional to do something means we don't have to deal with it ourselves. But there are some things we should never try to handle our own. Solving termite problems is one of those things that requires professional help. Here’s why:

The way termites damage our homes is nearly impossible to track. This is because these wood-destroying pests feed on the inside of wood, not the outside. Therefore, you can't just look at a support beam or a painted sheetrock wall and find where the damage is. In order to detect termite damage, you have to know how termites behave. You have to be able to recognize the outward signs of the inward damage they cause and make an educated guess as to where the termites in your home have created their tunnels. If you don't, the damaged timbers that aren’t addressed during your repairs can become weakened over time and put stress on the frame of your home, leading to extensive damages and costly repairs.

When dealing with termite damage, it is a good idea to get a pest management professional (PMP) involved. While PMPs aren’t trained to fix the damage caused by termites, they will have insight into where damages have likely to have occurred. Your PMP will also be able to give you advice on how to prevent another termite infestation from taking root. Advice such as:
  • Fixing areas of your home where the wood touches the soil. Locations of wood-to-soil contact are prime entry points for subterranean termites.
  • Cleaning out clogged gutters to remove moisture and standing water near your home, which subterranean termites are drawn to.
  • Trimming back tree branches to let the sun dry out the perimeter of your home.
  • Repairing leaky exterior spigots and hoses to reduce the moisture conditions that attract termites.
  • Removing wood debris, stumps, logs, and other decaying wood from the yard that termites may feed on before continuing on to your home.

Every property has its own vulnerabilities. Your PMP will help you shine a light on the problems you need to address on yours to deter termites from invading!

DIY Termite Control

When you take care of termite damage yourself, you may be tempted to attempt to take care of the termites invading your home as well. There are many products available to consumers that promise to stop termites. But those product manufacturers aren't forthcoming about how difficult it is to keep termites from damaging a home. Termites are relentless and are dead-set on feeding on the wood of our homes.
  • They are simple organisms that don't require sleep. That means they are constantly tunneling through the soil and into the wood of our homes, day and night. If you have a hole in your chemical protection, they'll find it and utilize it.
  • Worker termites don't focus on one food source. While they're feeding on a stump in your yard, it is likely they are also feeding on the wood of your home. That means they're likely going to attack your house from many directions. This increases the ability to find a hole in your chemical barrier.
  • When chemicals are applied wrong, they can be washed away or diluted to a point where they are no longer effective, both scenarios which are common in Florida where tropical storms are common.

Termites are hard to control, especially in Florida. Not only are termites plentiful here, but we also have the most destructive termites in the United States in our area. Don't trust your home's equity to DIY termite control!

For a termite inspection or effective termite control in Bradenton and the greater Tampa area, reach out to us at Keller's Pest Control. We'll make sure you get the protection you need!