New Construction Termite Soil Treatments (Residential & Commercial)
The Eastern Subterranean Termite is the most commonly found termite in Colorado, and Mug-A-Bug provides the termite soil treatment that is required to satisfy new construction building specifications. For all new construction termite treatments, whether it is residential or commercial, Mug-A-Bug will use a superior long-lasting termiticide.
The primary goal of the termite soil treatment is to establish a chemical barrier between the soil and the home and/or commercial building. The soil that is underneath and around the concrete slab is what will need to be treated with the termiticide product, and this must be done prior to the concrete slab being poured, to create this chemical barrier. As the building ages with time, the concrete slab will crack or shrink away from the foundation wall, which will allow termites the ability to potentially infest the wood in the structure above the soil. Each construction site will have several different points of entry or areas that will be easily accessible by termites, such as: plumbing penetrations and bath traps, so treatment of these areas is especially important.
In order for Mug-A-Bug to create the chemical barrier that is necessary, we will use a non-repellent termiticide, which means that the termites are not able to detect that the soil has been treated with a termiticide, and this will allow them to pass through and not avoid the treated soil. Non-repellents will allow the termites to unintentionally come in contact with the active ingredient in the product used. This “contact” will kill the termites who pass through the treated soil and it will kill those termites that come in contact with other termites that have been exposed to the treated soil. This is when the “transfer” effect takes place from one termite to another.
All termite soil treatments which use liquid termiticides, are formulated to last five (5) years or more if the following conditions do not apply: 1.) the treatment barrier is not breached/disturbed after the application; 2.) the ground or soil was not saturated with water during the application, and 3.) the underlying ground/soil was not exposed to leaching by ground water. For these three (3) reasons listed above, it is imperative that once the soil has been treated, it remains undisturbed and the barrier is not breached by digging, trenching, or excavating. If this should happen, re-treatment of the disturbed soil would be required to maintain and uphold the warranty period.
Standard termiticide dilution rates for termite soil treatments are calculated in two (2) different ways. For those construction sites where it is slab on grade or monolithic concrete pads, the rate of application is 1 gallon per every 10 sq. ft. The other type of application rate is for those construction sites where aggregate (stones/rocks) are put on top of the soil, the application rate is 1 ½ gallons per every 10 sq. ft.
There are several different stages during the construction process when the termite soil treatment may/will be required, and they are broken down into four (4) major steps during construction. First, once the footing approval has been received and before the concrete is poured for the footings. Secondly, after the backfill of the foundation is completed. Third, after leveling and compaction of all slab areas, and when all underground plumbing and electrical has been installed and covered. Lastly, after backfilling and final grading to the exterior has been completed. Even though there are four different stages mentioned above, most termite soil treatments can be completed in two or more applications. The number of applications will depend on the size of the project and the building specifications, as many construction projects do not require footings to be treated or final grade treatments.
We believe that the most important role in providing a termite soil treatment, is the close working relationship we build with our contractors, especially when it comes to scheduling treatments. We certainly understand the high demand and scheduling of sub-contactors when it comes to new construction, and we pride ourselves on the reputation we have built when it comes to our reliability and our quick-response time.