Spot treatment, a term for localized termite eradication efforts, is an alternative to tenting that's usually recommended for small infestations rather than those that have spread throughout your home or building. It's not recommended for these larger infestations because it's less effective and more labor-intensive as the size of the problem increases. So how do you tell if the size and type of infestation you have is right for spot treatments?
Your exterminator can make a professional recommendation, but as the homeowner, you feel responsible for making the right decision. Inform yourself by reading about these three ways to tell if your termite infestation merits a more localized solution, rather than a thorough tenting.
1. Just one area of the house is affected
In a small infestation that's only recently begun, it's much easier to treat the entire infested area (as well as safe margins around it to prevent any termites escaping to start up new colonies). The chemical applications have the advantage of lasting for a while so that whichever part of the house is treated won't become infested again in the near future. However, any termites that escape can still colonize non-treated portions of your home, and the larger the area is, the more likely it is that one or two of them will escape. So for spot treatments, the ideal situation is a very small infestation that's limited to one area of your house.
2. The exterminator can access the area
Chemical spot treatments for termites generally require drilling holes in the wood of your structure to insert the chemicals. This structural damage is one reason some homeowners decide against it. (After all, the house has already been damaged by the termites. On the other hand, if you don't get rid of the termites it could accrue much more damage.) If you're okay with allowing your pest control specialist to drill holes in your home, you may be a good candidate for this type of treatment. If you're not sure, ask your exterminator how many holes are likely to be needed so you can visualize the effect the process will have on your house.
3. Your budget won't allow tenting
Although some homeowners will opt for the tenting process for peace of mind, others just don't have it in their budget to spend the money on tenting. If you're among them, your best option may be to take the slight risk of termite escapees and go with the spot treatment. Another option, of course, is to save up or borrow money until you can afford the whole-house variety of treatment.
Now that you know three ways to tell if spot treatment is for you, you can make a more informed decision about what's best for your home. If you have any questions about how these points will affect your specific situation, you can consult with your exterminator about the details. Click here for more information on commercial pest control.
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