Termite eradication comprises the greater bulk of all the services rendered by pest control companies throughout the country. While some homeowners might opt to eradicate and control select pests on their own thereby depriving pest control companies their opportunity to do business, when it comes to termites, no homeowner is bold enough to try to face these wood mites on their own. But what really makes termites so dreadful that at the very knowledge that they might be infesting a house brings the homeowner into no other option but to call a pest control company as soon as possible? This article will explore the special case of termite infestation.
Above anything else, what makes termites special amongst all other pests that live in houses is their ability to produce enzymes that can digest wood. They can also conceal their presence from the sight of the homeowner for decades thus slowly tearing out the very foundations of the house without being detected. Termites can stealthy eat up the insides of the wood foundations of the house.
Usually, their presence is only detected after years of infestation, right when obvious termite-traces are already visible, traces such as wood-dust and small holes on wooden surfaces.
Termite eradication is supposed to be easy; in fact, any average reasonable person can do it, if the number has not rose to thousands just yet. However, in most cases, the presence of termites only becomes apparent come the time when their population have already reached its peak, say ten to sixty thousand mites in a single house! This truth leads to another universally accepted truth -- termite eradication should be left to the experts if one is really serious in getting rid of them.
Nevertheless, there have been so many instances when poor homeowners who suffer from termite infestation have been fooled by fake pest control companies hiding under the guise of cheap service fees. In most cases, homeowners who suffer serious termite infestation problems at home would become so desperate to get rid of the mites in the most affordable way as possible; and one of these ways is to accept deals from pest control companies which promise to deliver an excellent job at a very low cost. This does not have to mean that all pest control companies that offer their services very cheaply are supposed to be fake already, rather, what is implied here is that homeowners should be somewhat critical to the pest control companies that they hire to get rid of the termites that they have at home. Here are a few tips which an average reasonable homeowner might find helpful when choosing a pest control company:
1. Compare the offered service cost relative to the cost of the same service as rendered by other companies.
Have you lived in an era when the internet is not yet widely available, you might find this first step preposterous, however with how easy the exchange of information is these days, this option seems to be the most obvious thing that any homeowner should do. It is highly suggested for the homeowner to visit official web-pages of pest control companies and then talk to a customer service representative in order to get all that necessary information that is needed. The homeowner should ask about the nature of the services that the company offers and the cost of each service; including the terms of the contract that both parties should be signing. It is also very important for the homeowner to make certain first whether the company is actually registered as a legal pest control service provider. This can be done by cross-referencing the company name with the list of legal pest control companies registered in the state where these companies are operating.
Another great idea is to use the telephone directory to search for the legal pest control companies that operate in a certain locality. If you are a homeowner in search for such companies, it is best if you patiently call each company and ask them about the services that they offer and the cost of each service. You can do the comparison yourself. Of course, your main goal is to find a legal and reliable pest control company that offers the most reasonable cost.
2.Find out about the method of eradication that is employed by the company you are to hire.
While some people do not think that the methods by which certain companies eradicate pests are not important, to some, it is actually significant. Homeowners who keep pets or have children at home are mostly very concern about the methods by which the pests are eliminated. Some companies actually use very dangerous and harmful poisons which can jeopardize the health of children and pets. There are some companies that use forbidden and illegal poisons too. As a concerned citizen, it is very important that you only hire companies that follow the standards set by the state and the regulations imposed for their kind of work.
3.If you have no experience whatsoever, do not try to eradicate the termites on your own.
It is a fact that many homeowners actually love to do things on their own. For example, many homeowners like to fix their own plumbing, clean their own gutter or replace their own window sills. However, when it comes to termite eradication, it is very important that one should acknowledge the extent of what he can and cannot do. Pest eradication entails the use of poisons and other methods which might cause harm to the homeowner himself or herself and to the rest of the inhabitants of the house. Since the presence of termites only become obvious when their population has already swelled up, it is already given that by the time the termites are discovered, their number is already quite difficult for a non-professional to handle.
The three given tips do not cover everything that you need to know about eradicating termites however they should be enough to give you a clear understanding of the kind of problem that you are really facing. What’s important is that you become aware of the possible things that you have to do come the time that you are faced with a problem caused by the wood-lovers we all came to call as termites.
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