Post Construction Anti-Termite treatment
Out of the countless insects, critters, rodents and all other pests, termites are the most dangerous one. They are such pest that can ruin the foundation of your house in just a few years and the very worst part is that they are not even noticeable in the first few years.
Post Construction Anti-Termite treatment includes ground nesting of the already constructed houses or commercial buildings. A main procedure of this post construction anti-treatment includes keeping a constant check within the duration of the warranty period provided. In this process, injecting of the effective pesticide into the layer of the ground wooden flooring and filling up the crevices with white cement is done. This strong layer of chemicals which is enemy of termite, provides the barrier for the termites thus making it impossible for them to traverse. Also, the wooden doors, windows and flooring are spewed with the chemicals to make them 100% termite proof.
Post Construction Anti-Termite treatment Procedure
- For Inside Premises :
Firstly, the inside premises is drilled with 12mm diameter drill having 6 inch length, the drilling is done upto depth of 4 to 5 inches. Then the drilled holes are filled with anti termite control chemicals and the holes are sealed completely with cement. Then the muddy channels which are made by termite are sprayed here and there to kill the live termite inside the muddy channel and lastly the channels are removed and the tiny holes from where the termites enters in to the premises are fully injected with the anti termite control chemical.
- For Outside premises :
Firstly, the outside walls of the building and columns are drilled with the drill bit having lenght of 12 inch and diameter of 12 mm upto the depth of 1 ft. If the building is stilt plus, then the side corners of the columns are drilled in the same way and the holes are filled with anti termite control chemicals. If the mud tubes are discovered, then those channels are treated with anti termite chemical and removed fully. All the stair cases, passage areas and other common portions are drilled and completely filled with anti termite control chemicals and finally sealed with cement.
After initial drilling procedure is done , check the service quarterly.
Post Construction Anti-Termite Control Methods – How to Kill Termites?
- Mechanical alteration / sanitation method of Termite Control
We all knows that wooden materials, papers, cardboard and other cellulose debris increases the risk of termite infestation. Similarly, wood supports like doors and wooden pillars, fence posts etc. in contact with soil makes an easy way for termite entry. Regardless of what termite treatment methods are used, these items should be physically protected from termites.
- Debris must be removed regularly and wood or soil contacts should be broken.
- Termites live in moist environments,so correction of plumbing and roof leaks must be done.
- Try to increase ventilation in the crawlspace and add rain gutters, this will be beneficial in resolving moisture conditions.
- Mechanical alteration or sanitation techniques of termite control are one of the best way to prevent or control a termite infestation.
Soil Treatment Method of termite control establishes a termiticide barrier in the soil in the interior and adjacent parts of buildings. These barriers must be established inside and outside of the foundation wall or under slabs and around utility entrances.
A vertical barrier for termite control is established in the soil by trenching and rodding the sides of foundation elements of apartments or houses such as foundation walls, pilasters, pillars and chimney bases.
- The trench made must be at least 6 inches in depth.
- Termiticides are applied by trenching the top of the footing or to a minimum depth of 30 inches.
- Where drainage systems like drain tile, french drains are present, termite treatment shall be performed in a manner avoid introducing of the termiticide into the drainage system.
- Where footings are exposed, the treatment is performed just next to the footings and not below the footing bottom.
- Soil present around sewer pipes and all other structural members of houses in in contact with the soil must also be treated fully.
- The insecticides or termiticides must be mixed with water as required on the pesticide label and should be applied at the rate of 4 gallons per 10 linear feet, per foot of depth.
- In addition, concrete slabs also have many other points of entry such plumping outlets, bath traps etc. So, these slab construction requires a lot of time and labor for termite treatment.
- These slab constructions will require precise drilling to block all the entry holes of termites. Slabs should be drilled vertically along all cracks and construction joints at 12-inch intervals and no more than 6 inches from the foundation of buildings.
- The soil below the slab must also be treated from the bottom of the slab to the top of the footing.
- This drilling and treating method is also very useful for porches filled with dirt and stress cracks found in slabs.
Wood treatment method of Termite Control involves applications of termiticides directly to the wooden things to eliminate the existing termite infestations or to make wood resistant against termites. There are several ways in which wood treatments are used in the pest control industries.
- Pressure treated wood is used in the construction of buildings which provides effective termite control.
- Spraying termiticides on the wood provides not only surface protection but also protects them from future termite infestation.
- Also in damaged wood, termiticides can be injected directly into the cavities made by termites.
Foundation treatment method of Termite Control involves the application of termiticides to foundation elements. The goal of this termite treatment is to create a barrier by placing termiticides inside of concrete block or multiple bricks walls where voids exists.
- This is done by drilling foundation elements and injecting termiticides into them.
- This drilling and treating foundation methods allows termiticides to place on top of the concrete footings where cracks may exist.
- All the spots, where evidence of either past or present subterranean termite infestation exists, must be drilled and treated with termiticides at a minimum distance of four feet in all directions from such evidence.
Baits or Monitoring systems of Termite Control are a recent innovations in termite control. Termiticides baits control termites by eliminating or reducing the size or quantity of the termite colony. Termiticide baits are insect growth regulators or slow acting poisons which can significantly reduce or eliminate the need for a conventional liquid insecticide.
There are two ways for the use of termiticide baits.
- One way involves the placement of monitoring devices containing untreated wood or other cellulose materials in the soil around the structure to be protected.
When termites are detected in the monitoring devices, the untreated cellulose material is replaced by a treated material, called ‘termiticide bait’. For the termiticide bait system to be more effective, the proper number of stations must be installed and the stations should be monitored regularly as indicated on the product label.
- The second way involves the attachment of bait devices directly to the surface of construction elements where termites are feeding in real time. These devices are pre-baited and are simply attached to the foundation walls, sub-floor, floor joints and other similar locations. Termites then feed on the bait material and trapped.
- There are many advantages and disadvantages to the use of termiticide baits.
Baits can be used to treat those wooden structures which cannot be treated with liquid termiticides due to the presence of a well, inaccessibility of infested areas or concerns about the use of pesticides.
In most cases, termiticide baits does not provide quick control of the termite infestation. Also, the maintenance of bait system service agreements is more expensive than maintenance of conventional treatment warranties.