Termites in Virginia – Do It Yourself vs Professional Route

I was on a home pest control job in Virginia Beach the other day when it came to light that the homeowner had used a do-it-yourself chemical which they had bought from a leading do-it-yourself store for treating termites.  The homeowner wanted peace of mind that the termites were treated and that they didn’t have to worry about any potential damage.

The thing you need to be aware of with do-it-yourself chemicals is that in order for them to be effective you need to not just treat the one area which is infected, you need to treat the whole house.  Plus the treatments for sale in these do-it-yourself places are no where near as effective or as high strength that pest professionals use.  A pest professional is qualified and trained to handle the chemicals for the treatment of pests for a reason.

Your house is your biggest asset, if you have termites you need to make sure they aren’t going to move to another area of the house right?

What are termites?

Termites are a wood destroying insect.  They date back millions and billions of years and they cause serious damage to properties.  The eat 24 hours a day anything which contains cellulose.  The main type of termite causing damage in Virginia is the Subterranean Termite which is one of the most destructive.  They live mainly in soil and require a moist environment.

What about the signs of termites?

Termites swarm in spring and can sometimes be confused with flying ants.  Swarmers are attracted to light and often seen around windows, doors, vents and light fixtures.

Wood damage is another sign of termites.  Timber which has been hollowed out by the termites will be brittle and easy to break.

Finally, mud tubes may be present.  A mud tube is an earth like tube composed of soil particles.  They may extend over concrete foundations but may be against less visible places like cracks or joints or event behind obstructions.

How can a homeowner avoid termites?

Termites need moisture to survive.  So avoiding moisture which has accumulated around the foundation.  Diverting water away from the property with downspouts and gutters.  Reduce humidity in crawl spaces with adequate ventilation. Additionally preventing shrubs and vines from covering vents.  Remove any old tree stumps and roots beneath and around the building.  Finally remove any wood contact with soil.

What about treatment?

Well this was the whole point of my blog, the NPMA does not recommend that homeowners try and treat termites on their own – termites are nearly impossible to treat. A pest professional like HomeTown can inspect your home and come up with an effective treatment plan for your property.  We have the knowledge, training, technology and expertise to treat termites effectively.

Going back to the job I was on the other day, I know there are companies out there that would have just treated the area, but I have a good reputation for a reason, and I wasn’t prepared to put my name against something that I know isn’t right in the long run.  The service and product I use is effective against termites.  If after the treatment there are still signs of termite activity then I re-treat at no additional cost.  I’m not about making a quick buck, I’m about protecting your home against termites and other pests at an affordable price.

The cost of our services is based on the chemicals we need to use for the amount of property that is to be treated.  You may be thinking that you want to do it yourself.  The thing is with termites you won’t know the extent of the damage, they get into your structure. I also recently carried out another termite job where there was signs of damage on the second floor.

If you want your home protected and peace of mind, then contact us or give us  a call on 252-480-2889 / 252-453-3693 or 757-729-1744.  We offer home pest control for the Outer Banks, Elizabeth CityVirginia BeachNewport News and the surrounding areas.   If you want to go down the do-it-yourself route, then I wish you the best of luck.