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Selecting a Termite Control Service
This article was published originally on 4/15/1992If you think or know your house is infested with termites, or if property in your neighborhood is infested with termites, you may be in the market for a professional termite control service. (Do-it-yourself termite control is possible using chlorpyrifos insecticide concentrate available at the local garden center or hardware store. However, because of the difficulty of doing a thorough job and the risks associated with an improper treatment, professional treatment is recommended.)
The following points should be considered before you make a decision and sign a contract for termite service.
Termite Treatment Options. Should I treat to prevent termites or wait until I have termites and then treat?
There is no one "right" answer for the question of treating to prevent termites before they are found versus waiting to cure an infestation after termites have attacked. The method of treatment, amount and kind of pesticide used, and methods of application are the same for both prevention and cure. The major difference between prevention and control is the risk of damage that may occur before the infestation is detected.
The uncertainties and vagaries of termite activity lead me to generally recommend that high risk properties be treated on a preventive basis. This would include properties with known termite presence (e.g., termites in a tree, stump, firewood pile, etc.), or properties adjacent to active termite infestations. However, this is a personal choice for which the alternative, waiting and watching for the termites to attack, is chosen by many people because of financial considerations, expected time in the property, ease of detecting termites such as in unfinished basements, and other factors.
Year of Publication:
IC-463(8) -- April 15, 1992