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Written by Fernando Munoz
on October 19, 2021

If you’re the DIY-type, it can be tempting to see problems at home as a new challenge of your self-sufficiency. The thought of analyzing a problem, finding a solution, and the satisfaction of reaching a goal might be incredibly tempting – however, if the problem you are evaluating is a termite infestation, it’s time to reconsider taking this project on by yourself. Termites can cause significant structural damage that results in extensive financial loss, and it can be quite difficult to put a stop to them without the help of a professional – not only that, but there are also many other dangers that come with trying to treat termites on your own.

Partial Extermination

It is crucial that every termite be eliminated to completely stop an infestation. If any are left behind, they will quickly repopulate - and you’ll be left facing the same problem you started with. Many spot or spray treatments will get rid of termites in one area, which will likely just push the rest of their little termite buddies to another…they will take full advantage of areas you might have missed to gain access once again to their food source.

Unnecessary Damage

Every day that passes without killing the termites is one more day that they are eating away at the structure and causing damage to your home. Termites can affect more than just the wood – they can cause paint to peel, floors to sag, and a plethora of other issues. If you attempt to treat termites on your own and don’t completely eliminate them, your property will be subject to further unnecessary damage.

Financial Loss

The likelihood of properly treating termites on your own is slim, meaning that you will end up spending more in the long run than you would if you had contracted a professional to handle the problem. The saying “time is money” certainly applies in this situation…partial extermination extends the amount of time these pests are ravaging your home, causing damage that can add up into the thousands. If the problem persists after you’ve already purchased DIY treatments, you then must spend even more money to have a professional come out and do the job properly.

Health Risks

Many of the chemicals used for termite treatments can be extremely harmful to humans and pets if improperly applied. When it comes to chemical treatments in your home that could affect the health and safety of you and your loved ones, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. A termite pro will know how to properly apply chemicals, how much to use, and how long to wait before inhabitants can safely return to the property.

When it comes down to it, the dangers that come with trying to treat termites on your own far outweigh the benefits. Taking the DIY route will likely cost you unnecessary time, money, and could pose a serious safety risk for those living in your home – so why risk it? If you’re ready to have termites eliminated safely, efficiently, and effectively by a professional, call TAPS Termite today for your free termite inspection.

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