I have a 1971 mobile home know I have termites. I had a small swarm in my home this summer. I really cannot afford to have my house tented and besides it does not always work the first time around. And you have to do all that repacking and then when you get back in you have to wash everything down. There must be and easier and cheaper way to get rid of these creatures.
Well yes, there is a way to get rid of termites without having to tent the home. First, you'll need to educate yourself on termites so you'll be better prepared to deal with this home invader. I suggest you start by reading our TERMITE CONTROL ARTICLE. It goes into extensive details about this insect including why they invade the home, how to control them and the products you'll need to do the job. In my experience, I've treated many mobile homes with termites and in all cases it's been an easy task to accomplish. This is true because I have experience with this pest but with a little guideance, you too can tackle the problem if you're willing to do a little work to save a lot of money.
First, make sure you have subterranean termites. These are the kind that live in the ground. Drywood termites will thrive up in the structure and the treatments for both are quite different. In general, it's much easier to control subterranean termites and if you read our article, you'll learn how to tell the difference between the two if you're not sure.
Second, make sure you don't have any major leaks in your home. Leaks will enable termites to live above ground – up in the wood of the structure – and if they're nesting up high, traditional ground treatments won't work. To make sure there are no leaks, you'll need to get down under the home and do a good inspection looking for any wet, puddling or any decaying wood members of the home.
Third, once you're under the unit inspecting for any leaks, you should also be noting any pipes that come up from the ground, any support columns or poles, pillars or concrete blocks that look like they might be supporting the home as all of these can be pathways termites will use to get inside the home. In most cases, treating around all of these will be required to keep the termites out so be sure you know where they are all located and that they're all accessible.
Lastly, decide if you want to apply some TERMIDOR or VIPER EC to the ground which will be what creates the termite barrier. We can help you make the decision and a big part of calculating how much you'll need will be based on the dimensions of the area needing to be treated. If you have a "skirt" around the home or a foundation of any kind, it will need to be added to this total which is usually reported in "linear feet". So if you have 100 linear to feet to treat, we'll be able to tell you how much product you'll need, how to mix it and how to apply it.
In summary, the cost of doing your own termite job will no doubt be a lot less compared to hiring a service company. To help you along the way, feel free to call us toll free at 1-800-877-7290 and one of our tech reps will be able to further assist. Yes, this will require some work and a willingness to get both a little dirty and expend a little energy. But in the end, the savings can be significant so it's usually a good investment.
Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:
Termite Control Article: http://www.termites-swarming.com/termite-control