Why You Should Postpone Home Renovations During A Termite Infestation

If you suspect that your home has termites, it's important to act quickly. Termites can do a substantial amount of damage to your home. This is due in part to how rapidly they can reproduce and take over your home. You will especially want to be careful with termites when performing home renovations. 

Termite Control Isn't a DIY Project

While some pests can be eliminated by a homeowner using DIY methods, this is not recommended for termites because you will usually need to act quickly by spraying your home with the appropriate termite spray. You might try to apply pest control treatments on your own, but you might not treat the entire termite infestation. You might also not use the right treatment method for the type of termites you're dealing with.

Only partially treating a termite infestation is a waste of time. The termites will be able to reproduce and rebuild their populations after an ineffective pest control treatment. If you find termites in one area of your home, they are likely to be spread out throughout the rest of the building.

Be Careful When Performing Home Renovations

Pest control specialists use various methods to treat termite infestations. For example, they will not only spray your home but might also put bait in place to poison the entire termite nest. When these methods are put in place, make sure to avoid performing any home renovations because you will disrupt the efforts used by the termite control company to treat your home.

Prevent Future Infestations

Once the termite treatment has been completed, it's okay to engage in home renovations. However, make sure to not stack any wood up against the side of your home. Placing wood on the side of your home will make it easier for termites to invade your home again. 

Fortunately, there are measures you can take when performing renovations to reduce the risk that termites come back. For example, you will want to use wood that is pre-treated. Chemicals are sprayed on the wood ahead of time to deter termites from infesting the wood.

Watch Out for More Termites

After your home has been treated for termites, the pest control specialists will return to your home for follow-up treatments. You will also want to inspect your home to make sure that it does not have warning signs of a termite infestation. Make sure to check for holes in the walls, peeling paint, and floors that sound hollow.

Call a termite control professional for more help.