What Not To Do About Termites On Your Tulsa Property
May 6, 2021
Did you know that termites cost American homeowners five million dollars a year? These “silent destroyers” are an expensive pest and a risk to your Tulsa property. The team at Dandi Guaranty wants you to know the top mistakes property owners make when tackling termites and some tips on how to prevent termites before they happen to you.
Termite damage can occur right under the nose of property owners because termites are hard to spot. They might look like harmless insects, growing to be just ¼-inch on average, but they’re not. One little termite can eat up to 8 pounds of wood a year! Termites eat wood continuously, 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Furthermore, reproductive termites can lay up to 1,000 eggs a day. Termite infestations can materialize in a matter of weeks.
Termites live in every state. And there are about 2,000 different species of termites. In Tulsa, property owners are most likely to encounter subterranean termites, which happen to be the most destructive termites there are.
How The Do-It-Yourselfers Treat Termites
Many homeowners, when faced with a termite infestation, choose to try to handle the problem on their own. They search the internet, head to their nearest hardware store, and pick up an array of possible treatment products to rid their home of termites. What are the DIY methods people use?
- Orange oil, vinegar, and diatomaceous earth
These products are designed to attack the termite’s exoskeleton. Orange oil and vinegar destroy termite eggs and erode the exoskeleton. Diatomaceous earth dries out the termite’s exoskeleton, killing the termite.
- Termite baits and traps
Baits and traps lure termites into poisonous substances that they take back to their colonies. Baits and traps can be highly effective, but there are many variables that need to be just right for a trap to kill the termite colony.
- OTC sprays
Many property owners will buy the best over-the-counter termite killer sprays and foams the market has to offer. A multitude of products are available to choose from that offer varying levels of effectiveness.
The Bad News About DIY Termite Treatments
We’ve got some bad news for you DIYers. The only true way to get rid of termites on your property is with professional assistance. Why don’t the DIY methods work? In the case of natural products like orange oil and diatomaceous earth, the substances need to come in direct contact with termites. While the product can kill up to 75% of termites upon contact, that 25% of remaining termites will continue to breed and destroy your home.
Likewise, termite baits and traps must be strategically placed outside of your home to be effective. And even the best sprays and foams can take up to 90 days to work. The sprays can be toxic to plant life and a hazard to pets and children.
Dandi Guaranty has a variety of packages to save you time, money, and stress. Our professionals use one or more techniques to rid your property of termites. Getting your treatment right the first time is important to us and can avoid costly damage caused by termites.
Prevention Methods You Can Use Today
Before termites become a problem, here are our top six tried-and-true termite-prevention methods you can start using today to prevent termites.
- Limit soil-to-wood contact.
- Store firewood a good distance from the house and off the ground.
- Repair and replace moisture-damaged wood.
- Ditch cardboard storage; use plastic.
- Trim hedges, trees, and shrubs around your home.
- Get professional protection.
Dandi Guaranty is ready to put your mind at ease. Protect your Tulsa home from termites with Dandi Guaranty today!