Once you become a homeowner, you find yourself doing things you’ve never done before. You might fix a leaky faucet, paint your living room or take on some landscaping. If it turns out less than perfect, what’s the worst that could happen? You call a plumber, or you repaint or replant. But if you have a termite problem, do-it-yourself may not be a good idea.
According to the National Pest Management Association, termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage each year. Because termites are constantly looking for their next food source, they can inflict serious damage on your home. Destructive pests like termites require action. If you fail to do it right, your home pays the price.
Most homeowners’ insurance policies do not cover termite damage. In fact, most insurance providers consider pest infestation and the destruction they cause a maintenance issue, so you would be liable for any repairs caused by termite damage.
“Homeowner attempts to treat pest problems often just reach the ‘tip of the iceberg,’ not the root cause of the problem,” says Missy Henriksen, from the NPMA. “The pests you see might be eliminated, but a larger infestation can continue to grow out of sight.”
Pest professionals are trained to identify the problem and apply the best solution using specialized equipment. Termite control products found at the local hardware store are often not as effective as the products used by the pros.
For example, a termite baiting system such as the Sentricon® System with Always Active™ technology is scientifically designed and proven to eliminate subterranean termites. It uses in-ground stations that are always baited, so the continuously foraging termites will find it, eat it and share it with the rest of the colony, eliminating all the termites, including the termite queen. And Sentricon stands guard against termite attacks 365 days a year, so you’ll have time to tackle other home improvement projects. Leave the termite control to your local Certified Sentricon Specialist.
A Certified Sentricon Specialist is trained to give your home a thorough inspection, then report findings to you and recommend a course of treatment.