It’s difficult to comprehend the real threat posed by subterranean termites. It’s hard to get the idea of wood destroying insects wreaking havoc in your home. It’s also a struggle when it comes to determining who you should believe in assessing the level of infestation. Because of all these, it is easy to make huge mistakes once you finally meet this threat. Here are some of the most common mistakes homeowners make when they see termites at home.
Not Taking Termite Infestation Seriously
You can easily think that your home is safe from termites. But not because you can’t see them doesn’t mean they are not there. Termites emerge from the ground and will feed silently on the wood of your house, carefully consuming it without you taking notice. If you don’t take proactive termite control measures to stop this damage, you will be just like several other homeowners who eventually realized that termites are destructive.
Underestimating The Damage Termites Can Cause
A termite colony could have up to a million of individual termites and a house could be attacked my at least one colony at the same time. You might not see significant damage in your home in just a year but eventually you would. In the U.S. alone, the damage termites cost reaches more than $5 billion on a yearly basis.
Believing You’ll See Signs Before Termites Cause Too Much Damage
Subterranean termites do not leave obvious signs of damage. There are three indications you might see like swarmers, mud tubes, and termite damage. However, you need to remember, these signs may not be visible without a closer inspection by a pest control specialist.
Thinking Your Insurance Will Cover The Cost
Termites will do more damage to your house when compared to other natural disasters. Because of this, you may assume that it is covered by your home insurance policy. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Termite damage is not accidental. You can prevent it from happening using reasonable termite treatment.
Thinking DIY Termite Control Can Solve The Problem
You will find countless DIY termite control products in the market today and all of them make big claims. However, what you don’t know is that effective termite control needs proper education and years of experience. If you don’t know how to apply termiticides properly, termites will still find a way to get back to your house. If you choose the wrong baits, or incorrectly install the bait systems, you will think that it’s working but it’s not. And you’ll be shocked to discover the extensive damage they have cost and it’s already too late.
Termite control professionals know what they are doing. They follow strict guidelines for application and they recheck the site to make sure that the pest control measures set in place are working.