DIY termite control may seem to be a simple affair: you find where the pests are, use a poisonous spay to kill them off, and the problem is solved, you believe. Unfortunately, it is not that easy. In fact, the DIY termite removal is not as simple as the guides say, because the process can be both dangerous and very costly.
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Pest control products bought from stores are highly toxic. The containers have information on how they are to be used to ensure safety. Even if all the steps are followed, however, the use of toxic chemicals by the inexperienced is always dangerous.
The poison in the spray can remain suspended in the atmosphere for a long time; children, pets and even neighbors stand exposed to this danger. From a safety point of view, it is just not worth it.
Homemade termite remedies are no better. While a combination of common household substances may appear to be safe for use, two or more of them, completely safe on their own, when combined together, could become a lethal compound.
Another factor to keep in mind is that a general-purpose pest control spray may not be effective against a particular type of pest, like termites. Therefore, they may not be eliminated. Home remedies are bad too. Instead of being eradicated, the termites may probably go lurking under the surface where you cannot see them.
If the termites remain invisible in the house, they continue to cause enormous damage. The occupants, lulled into complacency by the thought that the problem has been resolved, remain unaware of what is happening unseen. The damage will be noticed only when it becomes very serious.
By that time, the termites would have caused thousands of dollars of damage. Treasured wooden mementos and furniture may be lost forever. The risk-benefit ratio does not make sense: a few dollars may be saved by DIY termite removal, but the consequences of that could cost thousands.
The only truly effective solution
There are two reasons why people undertake DIY projects. The first is that they enjoy it and it gives them a feeling of satisfaction. The second is that it saves money. As far as the first reason goes, the enjoyment and satisfaction will soon disappear when the toxic chemicals affect the health or when it is discovered that the job was not completed.
As for saving money, the unseen damage caused can cost thousands of dollars. You have just one home and you need to protect it completely. Calling in a professional termite control company to deal with the problem is the only effective solution.
The company will not only do a safe and complete job, but also offer a long-term warranty on the service to keep your home safe for years to come. If you are a DIY fan, there are many other projects you can take up happily, which will in no way put your home at such a great risk.