New Construction Termite Soil Treatments2022-01-18T13:04:05-07:00

New Construction Termite Soil Treatments

termite treatmentTermite soil pre-treats are a surface application for establishing a horizontal barrier for termites. All surface applications will be applied as a coarse spray that provides uniform distribution over the soil surface areas that will be covered by concrete.

The purpose of a chemical soil treatment for termites is to establish a continuous chemical treated zone between the wood and other cellulose material in the structure and any termite colonies in the soil. Mug-A-Bug, Inc. will provide a uniform treated zone in the soil around critical areas, such as along the inside of foundation walls and around plumbing, bath traps, utility services, and other features that will penetrate the slab by applying the solution at a heavier volume.

Preparation for Treatment

Removal of any wood debris is essential during the construction process. Any materials containing cellulose that may be in contact with the soil either under or around the structure being treated should be removed and greatly reduce termite foraging after construction is complete.

Elimination of any leaks or moisture accumulation within or around the exterior of the structure is advised for the prevention of any conducive termite conditions once construction is complete.

Application of Termite Treatments

Applications will only be applied to the soil or other fill substrate that will accept the solution at the specified rate during all applications. Mug-A-Bug cannot treat any soil that is water-saturated or frozen.

No soil treatments can occur while precipitation is occurring or in any conditions where run-off is likely to occur. Any re-treatment due to rain would require additional treatment at the expense of the general contractor. Soil applications cannot occur during or immediately following heavy rains. Soil applications cannot be performed when conditions may cause runoff or create an environmental hazard.

The volume of application may be reduced providing there is a corresponding increase in concentration so that the amount of active ingredient applied to the soil remains the same. The soil treatment will treat the entire surface of the soil or other substrate to be covered by any slabs, including areas under carports, porches, basement floors, and entrance platforms that connect to the structure being treated.

Application Rates

Horizontal Application Rates: Apply 1 gallon of treated solution per 10 sq. ft. Apply 1.5 gallons of treated solution per 10 sq. ft. when applying to gravel or other coarse aggregates.

Vertical Application Rates: Apply 4 gallons of treated solution per 10 linear feet when applying around critical areas such as interior foundation walls, plumbing, bath traps, utility services, and other features that will penetrate the slab.

Soil Disturbance

Soil disturbance CANNOT occur once the termite soil treatment has stinging insect performed. If soils are disturbed after termite soil application, a re-treat is essential in all areas that soils were disturbed. Re-treat will require an additional charge at the general contractor’s expense.

Mug-A-Bug will properly dispose of any termiticide containers offsite by label instructions, including triple rinse and destruction of the original container. Mug-A-Bug is a certified pest control operator licensed in the State of Colorado and is an approved contractor to perform termite soil treatments, which falls under the category of Wood Destroying Insects with the Colorado Dept. of Ag.

ProThor SC2 is our preferred termite soil treatment product used for each project. Imidacloprid is the active ingredient (AI) for ProThor SC2. ProThor SC2 is a non-repellent termiticide used for the prevention or control of subterranean termites.

ProThor SC2 is labeled for use against subterranean termites as a 0.5% to 0.10% solution rate. The project application rate will be 0.5% unless difficult soils require the application rate to be increased.

Jobsite Preparation

1. Construction workers and other individuals should leave the immediate area during treatment and application until the termiticide is absorbed into the soil. Workers can re-enter the treated area usually within 20-30 minutes.

2. All grading, compaction, electrical, plumbing, ductwork, and any pre-slab construction must be completed before our termite soil treatment application.

3. Before soil applications, all floor ducts, vents, and drains must be covered or sealed before the soil treatment can occur.

4. Immediately upon completion of the termite soil application, a vapor barrier or waterproof membrane must be installed by the concrete sub-contractor to prevent any moisture saturation to the treated soil from occurring.

5. Termite soil applications are recommended 48-72 hours before the concrete pour. A non-repellent termiticide will be applied for maximum effectiveness and duration during the application process. We should be the last sub-contractor to perform any work before the concrete pour.

6. All applications must be performed when outside temperatures are above freezing due to application/equipment exposure.