Termite Control Guide for Homebuilders
Building a house is no easy job with the homeowner’s life savings going into it. It is the home builders’ duty to do their best for the clients to be satisfied. Termite prevention is an important factor to consider while building a new structure. You might view preventive termite control measures as being overly cautious, but this can save you thousands of dollars in the future. A professional termite company will be able to recommend appropriate termite prevention methods for the new home.
Why Termite Prevention Steps Are Necessary?
Termites are destructive pests that can cause costly structural damage to your house which can make it unfit to live in. These pests are present in every U.S. state except Alaska. Building a structure without proper termite prevention measures is a bargain that no house owner should get into. Here are some of the best termite prevention tips that homebuilders can follow.
Termite baits are one of the most preferred termite prevention treatments. The procedure of installing the baits is usually done after the final grading is complete. This prevents the stations from getting damaged.
These termite stations are filled with treated cellulose material. When the termites ingest this material, they carry it back to the colony. The chemicals in the baits affect the immature termites and without them, the colony slowly starves to death.
Termite baits are a long-term approach to getting rid of termites and the bait stations should be monitored every three months.
The soil around the house is treated with liquid termiticides. This creates a chemical barrier around the foundation and repels the termites away. Subterranean termites enter the house through the soil and this method has been effective against this species.
It is important to make sure that the barrier is continuous and for houses with crawlspaces, the soil that supports the floor system should also be treated. When the termites come in contact with this barrier, the chemicals present in the termiticide kills them and this discourages the termites from approaching the structure in the future.
Soil treatment is done in two steps. First, the soil in the building area is treated before the slab is poured. Later, after construction is complete, another soil treatment is done. Liquid termite treatment for the soil is not a one-time solution since refilling is needed for it to be effective.
Also Read: How to Build a Termite Free House
Cellulose is the primary food source for termites and it is present abundantly in wood. Hence, the wood used for the construction of the structure should be pre-treated for termites.
If you don’t have the budget to treat the wood used for the entire structure, identify critical areas. The wood used for framing, supports, door and window casings are most vulnerable to termite attack. You can apply a borate solution to the wood in these areas and let it penetrate. This will help prevent the termites from eating away the wood.
Stainless Steel Mesh
Certain stainless steel meshes are available which can be simply wrapped around the elements that need to be saved from termite infestation. These meshes can be used on critical structures like foundations and more. This method is used in tandem with liquid termite treatment or termite baiting system to achieve the best results.
Regular Termite Inspection
Termites are sneaky creatures and they might find a way into your house despite all these protective measures. Hence, scheduling regular termite inspections will help you be sure about your home’s safety.
Regular termite inspections also help people identify the infestations at an early stage. The termite control professional will be able to identify the type of infestation and recommend a suitable termite treatment to nip it off while it is at the budding stage.
Hi Tech Termite Control
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