Termites | Posted: February 8, 2024

Why Termite Infestations Are Best Left to the Professionals

At Dodson Pest Control, termites are one of the pests our customers are most concerned about. Termites, often called silent destroyers, may not directly threaten public health, but they are among the most formidable pests a homeowner encounters. If you’re a property owner and you’ve identified signs of termites, you’re probably tempted to turn to DIY solutions — but unfortunately, termite infestations truly are best handled by professionals. 

Our team interviewed Dr. Robert Davis, or as his peers call him, Dr. Bob, to better understand termite behavior and the best methods for addressing infestations. This article offers our inside scoop on why pest control professionals are well-equipped to tackle termite infestations.

1. Termites are highly destructive.

Termites are extremely destructive insects that feed on cellulose, a prime component of plant cell walls. While they may not transmit diseases or directly harm humans, their insatiable appetite for wood and other cellulose-based materials makes them a menace to property owners. When left unchecked, termites can colonize your home, and any wooden surface may become termite food. As termites feast on your house, they leave damage in their wake. Forbes reports that termite damage costs property owners $3,000 to repair on average. Since termite infestations can have such drastic effects, they must be eradicated as soon as possible.

2. Correctly identifying termites and termite damage can be challenging.

Correctly identifying termites and termite damage can be daunting for the average homeowner. Termites often work silently and discreetly, making it difficult to notice their presence until significant damage has occurred. Plus, if you don’t know what you’re looking for, it’s easy to confuse signs of termite damage with other types of wood damage. Understanding termite behavior and identifying an infestation requires expertise, which is where professional pest control services become invaluable.

The Expert Advantage

Pest control professionals deeply understand termite behavior and know precisely what signs to look for during an inspection. Even if you suspect your property is termite-free, a professional can provide valuable assistance by conducting thorough inspections and offering insights into preventive measures. When a termite inspector comes to your property, they will follow a regimented process so they don’t miss any tell-tale signs of termites.

3. Termites are notoriously difficult to get rid of.

Termites are notoriously tricky to get rid of once an infestation takes hold. Homeowners attempting DIY solutions often face a frustrating battle against these resilient pests. Termite colonies can grow quite large, and when they take over a property, they can hide underground, in walls, and in other difficult-to-reach places. On the other hand, professional exterminators are well-versed in the most effective methods for termite elimination to attack the whole colony.

In Dr. Bob’s own words, “You just can’t trust anything unless you have a professional pest control treatment.”

Access to Superior Products

One of the significant advantages of hiring professional pest control services is access to superior products that are not readily available to the general public. These products are formulated to target termites specifically and are more potent than over-the-counter alternatives. These products were carefully developed by termite experts and chemists to gradually spread insecticide throughout the whole colony — eliminating an infestation from the source.

4. Professionals can help you develop a prevention plan.

Beyond addressing active infestations, professionals can assist in developing a comprehensive prevention plan to safeguard your property against future termite infestations. With the help of a professional inspection, homeowners can implement measures to mitigate the risk of a termite invasion. An inspector might suggest moving mulch or wood piles away from your property, keeping debris out of your yard, creating stronger moisture barriers, and other preventative tactics depending on your unique needs.

5. Pest control companies generally offer a satisfaction guarantee.

During an inspection, a pest control professional evaluates the unique circumstances of your property. This personalized approach allows them to tailor advice and recommendations based on your situation, offering a more effective and targeted solution. And because pest control professionals are confident in their ability to address infestations, most reputable pest control companies, including Dodson Pest Control, offer a satisfaction guarantee. This assurance gives homeowners confidence that their termite problem will be thoroughly addressed, and if issues persist, the company will take corrective measures at no additional cost.

“If you’re a property owner and you’re not schooled in this area, then find the professionals that are like Dodson, and say, ‘Look, I’d love to have you come out and do an annual inspection.’” – Dr. Bob on working with Dodson Pest Control

Instead of repeatedly attempting DIY solutions and facing the frustration of potential reinfestations, professional pest control services grant homeowners valuable peace of mind. Knowing that experts are handling the situation can alleviate the stress and anxiety associated with termite troubles.

Dodson Pest Control can help you with your termite concerns — big or small.

Termites may be tiny, but the damage they can inflict on your property is far from insignificant. At Dodson Pest Control, we have decades of experience identifying and addressing termite infestations. If you’re concerned about the destructive nature of termites, and you haven’t had a termite inspection in a couple of years, reach out to us today.