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Subterranean Termites - Treatment

Control measures include reducing the potential for subterranean termite infestation, preventing termite entry points, and applying residual chemicals for remedial treatment.

Termidor has been the best chemical we have ever used at RP Lee Termite & Pest Control. We have been using Termidor since 2003 with a 99% success rate. Most of the chemicals in the past and some on the market today provide a good chemical barrier to keep subterranean termites out, but do not have the same effect as Termidor that tries to eliminate them from the property. As the older chemicals wore off the termites would slowly make their way back into the structure. Termidor is a very slow acting chemical that allows the subterranean termite to live in it for up to 90 days. As the subterranean termite moves through the chemical it transfers it to other termites in the colony allowing a larger kill off, called the “Transfer Effect”.

Most termiticides act as a repellent, trying to keep termites away from access points in a structure/home. Termidor is a liquid non-repellent, which means termites cannot see, smell, taste, or avoid it. As termites become in contact with Termidor they share it through out the colony. Termidor is a dual lethal weapon against termites, termites either digest it when they eat the treated wood or become in contact with it as they move through the soil to get into a structure/home. Then as they move through the colony they pass it to the other termites they come in contact with.

Inspection

Thorough inspections can determine whether infestations and damage are present, whether remedial control measures are needed, and what conditions can encourage termite attack. Inspections can be performed by anyone who knows the basic construction elements, the environmental requirements for termite survival and the behavior of subterranean termites. Any access the home has with the ground becomes access points for the subterranean termite.

Where To Check Outside

  • Examine the foundation of the house, garage and other structures for shelter tubes coming from the soil.
  • Pay particular attention to attached porches, connecting patios, sidewalks, areas near kitchens or bathrooms and narrowly confined or hard-to-see places.
  • Check the soil moisture around or under the foundation to determine if faulty grade construction creates moist areas next to the structure.
  • Check window and door frames and where utilities (air conditioning pipes, gas and electric services) enter the structure for termite infestation or wood decay.
  • Observe roof eaves and guttering closely for defects that might cause leakage and eventual wood rot. Inspect behind closely planted, dense shrubbery or foliage.
  • Note particularly any earth-to-wood contact such as fences, stair carriages or trellises.

Where To Check Inside

  • Probe or carefully sound exterior porches, doors and window facings, baseboards, and hardwood flooring. Be careful not to deface finished wood when probing.
  • Carefully examine any attached earth-filled porches.
  • Examine all known or suspected joints, cracks or expansion joints in the foundation and unusual blistering in paint or wallboard surfaces. Discoloration or staining on walls or ceilings may indicate water leaks that can decay wood and aid termite infestation. Especially inspect where plumbing or utility pipes enter the foundation or flooring.
  • Carefully examine the plumbing, particularly in bathrooms on slab construction. There should be access to the bath trap area. If none exists, build a removable plumbing hatch for periodic inspection.
  • Examine the attic for shelter tubes, water leakage, wood rot or damaged wood.
  • If the house is of pier and beam construction, thoroughly inspect the area between the floor and the underlying soil, better known as the crawl space. Examine the inside of the beams, chimney bases, hearths or piers for shelter tubes. Crawl-space construction should have a minimum of 18-inch clearance between floor joists and the underlying soil, and a least 12 inches between floor beams and the soil.
  • Examine areas underneath or close to earth-filled porches, patios, planters and bathrooms for water leakage and termite damage. Remedial action may be required to control moisture if water stands underneath the house.
  • Look carefully at the top of the foundation wall where the floor and the wall intersect.
  • Closely examine plumbing and utility lines passing through the floor of foundation walls.

Prevention

Always keep 2 inches of slab or foundation showing in order to quickly and easily identify termite infestations. Also remove any wood to ground contact from around the structure.

Treatment

Treating for SubTerranean Termites

A post construction treatment for a monolithic slab on grade structure includes treating the soil on the perimeter on the foundation as well treatment around the pipe areas. A trench is dug for the perimeter of the foundation where possible. In areas that have separate slabs or pours holes are drilled and the soil beneath is treated using a Roding device. The pipe areas are treated using a foaming machine that allows the technician to treat around the pipe without having to drill. For a pier and beam or pier structure treatment around both the individual piers and the interior and exterior side of the beam is necessary.

Routine Check-ups

After our professional treatment you can rest assured that your home is termite free. Yearly follow up inspections will assure your peace of mind. The yearly renewal and inspection is required to keep your warranty in place. Our goal is to identify any problems are re-infestations before there is any damage.

We will review with you on our yearly inspections any conducive conditions that may increase the chance of re-infestation as well as any signs of possible infestation. During our yearly inspection we will also look for any activity or signs of any other Wood Destroying Insects.

In order to protect your home and family call RP Lee Termite & Pest Control for a full inspection. We specialize in “Shielding & Protecting Homes against Pests”.