Termite Treatment

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Bug-Off Termite Treatment Service is a four-step process:
To find out about a Customized Termite Plan call (770-574-6632) and ask for a Free Termite Inspection.
1. Inspection. The first step is a thorough inspection of your home to locate any signs of a termite infestation. The Professional Termite Inspector will examine all potential entry points to determine where termites could be invading your home and how the termites can be controlled.
2. Recommendation. The Termite Inspector will present a termite control program that addresses any current termite problem and offer a solution to help prevent future infestations.
3. Treatment. Effective termite control will eliminate the termite infestation. Treatment procedures include liquid treatment using Termidor 80 wg as well as baiting systems to control and eliminate the existence of termites.
4. Evaluation. The key to effective termite control is a follow up inspection each year after the initial treatment. The once a year termite renewal service guarantees prevention of a recurring termite infestation. The initial liquid treatment can last for 10 years which leads to long-term customer satisfaction and a termite free home.

Since the early 1940s, applying liquid termiticides has been a popular form of termite control. This treatment has been meant to create a barrier between termites in the ground and the buildings they might otherwise infest. The liquid termiticide should be applied evenly, as patches of soil that have not been treated will be vulnerable to termite infestation and will create entryways for the termites to reach buildings. When applied properly, liquid termiticides will effectively kill or repel termites.

Experience and training is necessary to those who are to treat a building for termites, and our technicians must also have knowledge of a building's construction in order to determine where termites can gain entry. Since application of termiticide solution may necessitate over one hundred gallons to be injected directly into the soil near the building and within the building's foundation, even more training is necessary to ensure that those treating for termites avoid contamination of the building. Applications such as these require knowledge of equipment such as foam machines, masonry drills, pumps, carbide bits, large-capacity tanks, sub-slab injectors, and soil rods. For 75 years, successful termite treatments have also required actions to abate moisture and prevent contact between wood and soil. Correcting these termite-conducive conditions will make up for the shorter lifespan of present-day termiticides and may ward off possible reasons for future litigation.

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Prevention is important, and the best time to apply liquid termiticide is while a building is under construction. This is a prudent investment in the life of the structure, and it is highly recommended. This is when the treatment will be most cost-effective as well. Treatment during this time ensures that the chemicals are put in the right areas to prevent future infestation, as the soil can be treated before the foundation of a building is completed and other substructures are put into place. Current regulations dictate that such pretreatment is to be made along the soil/gravel underneath concrete slabs. These regulations also state that the pretreatment is made around utility conduits and pipes and on the sides of the building's foundation, piers, and interior partition walls. At this point, any gaps in the masonry may be pretreated as well. The final step is one last trip to the building to vertically treat along the building's foundation after the grading and backfilling is complete.

It is more difficult and labor-intensive to establish a barrier of termiticide. Uneven absorption in the soil, inaccessibility, faults in construction, and decreased visibility make this treatment challenging. During post construction treatment, it is more important than ever to have an in-depth knowledge of the construction of the building. Varied construction practices based on location add another potential obstacle.

Several methods in which to utilize liquid termiticides when treating buildings are outlined in the text below. While many principles of this treatment haven't changed since the utilization of chlorinated hydrocarbons, there have been significant advancements in the technology used in application. Ways to improve coverage area have been made as well. Now, complete coverage will require those who are treating for termites to create barriers in the soil, both vertically and horizontally. Vertical barriers are required around piers, foundations, posts, chimneys, and porches. These barriers must extend as close to the footings as possible. Slabs, patios, garages, and sidewalks require horizontal barriers to be created beneath them.

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Baits take advantage of the social nature and foraging behaviors of subterranean termites. Foraging worker termites consume the bait and then share it with the rest of the colony, resulting in a slow colony decline. Below-ground monitoring stations (without active insecticide) are sometimes used to establish a feeding site, and then the baited stations are installed.

There are several disadvantages with termite baits. Bait programs are usually more expensive and may require continuous monitoring after colony suppression has been attained. A major disadvantage is the length of time it takes a bait to eliminate a colony. With liquid termiticides, control is more immediate; with baits, control may take several months to a year, depending on termite foraging. Baits cannot be put under slabs or in wall voids where termites often occur. This means termite damage can continue to occur until the entire colony is eliminated.

Elimination of the colony may not be achieved and colony suppression is more likely. Also, the absense of termite activity in bait stations may not mean the colony has been eliminated; since termites are sensitive to physical disturbances, it may mean placing the bait in the station caused the termites to abandon the site and forage elsewhere. Baits are a useful, innovative tool for termite monitoring, but they should be viewed as an addition to existing termite control methods (liquid barrier treatment) and not a replacement for them.