There is plenty of speculation around “Do-It-Yourself” (DIY) termite control. You might ask yourself, “Do DIY products and treatments work? Do I really need a termite warranty for my house? How do I ensure my home is protected long term against termites?” These are all common questions homeowners have when faced with an infestation, or deciding what can be done to prevent one.
The truth is there is no simple solution for termites. Factors such as the type of termite you have, your home’s layout, foundation type, building materials, climate, and conditions in and around your home all play an important role when determining the best treatment method to pursue.
Fighting termites successfully takes a unique understanding of termite behavior, biology, home construction and conditions in the home that are conducive to termite infestation. Termite control professionals receive extensive training, as well as on-going continuous education, and must be licensed in the state in which they are performing the service.
DIY methods may seem like a cost-effective option; however, damage caused to homes from ineffective treatment can cost homeowners thousands and is not covered under most homeowner’s insurance policies. It takes extensive knowledge, specialized equipment and up-to-date product knowledge on the part of the homeowner to treat termites successfully.
Another good reason to leave termite control to the pros is the warranty. Most professional termite control companies provide additional protection through a warranty protecting your home from future damage and covering the cost of treatment should termites return. Think of your termite warranty as your “insurance policy” against termites. Understanding what’s covered under your warranty is critical as not all termite warranties are created equal. Before embarking on trying to treat your home for termites on your own, talk to a Truly Nolen termite professional. Our termite inspections are usually free, and we can help you determine the scope of your termite problem. Truly Nolen, is proud to offer a comprehensive termite warranty that covers all types of termites and up to 1 million dollars in damage caused by termites to your home.
Common Types of DIY Termite Treatments
There are several types of treatment options homeowners themselves can use to treat for termites but, in general, they typically do not do enough to address the full scope of any termite problem. These common DIY treatments are typically applied as “spot treatments” and do not provide comprehensive protection against termites given the limited long-term residual protection they provide. In addition, there is no DIY method or off-the-shelf product purchased at a home improvement store that includes a warranty or will guarantee your home will remain protected against future infestations.
Orange Oil Treatments
When industries use oranges to create consumer goods, the acid from the rind is either mechanically or chemically extracted, producing a naturally-occurring oil called d-Limonene “orange oil”. Orange oil is found in various cleaning products, detergents, shampoos and mild insecticides. Although it is typically viewed as an “eco-friendly” alternative, orange oil treatments only last a few days after application and lack any long-term residual effects found in other types of treatments. In order to be effective, orange oil treatments must reach every termite in the colony. Given that most homeowners can’t reach, or see, all active members of the colony, not only is re-infestation likely, but the termites just avoid the area that was treated and infest the areas where treatments were not applied.