There are only a handful of things in life that are “permanent” no matter what you might read on product packages or hear in advertisements and treatment for termites is not one of those things.
Termiticides can give a permanent death to existing termite colonies and create a barrier that repels termites, but these treatments only last about a half decade. Although they can sometimes last up to nine years, they do not provide complete coverage and termites can get through them sometimes in tiny spots that are not much larger than 1/16 an inch wide.
If you have ever been told that your home was previously treated for termites and that it would never need re-treatment, the following likely happened:
- The person who gave you that information lied to you to get you to buy the property.
- The person mistakenly gave you incorrect information.
- You misunderstood and now too much time has passed between treatments.
- Someone found an active termite infestation in your home that needs treatment.
Whatever the case, you should request yearly inspections by an expert Tom’s River exterminator. If you do need someone to perform another termiticide treatment on your property, hire an exterminator as over the counter products are typically ineffective and only a professional can legally use more potent alternatives.