Finding out that your home is infested with termites can be a scary diagnosis when you don’t know what to expect both physically and financially from a termite treatment. Every home is unique and should be evaluated by a termite professional to provide an estimate and details for treatment to eliminate unexpected expenses or surprises during the treatment process. A vast majority of the time however, the treatment process follows the same essential guidelines when describing a standard termite treatment. Subterranean termites feed on cellulose found in wood and other wood based products. They enter the home through gaps as small as 1/32 of an inch. Entry points often include foundation settlement cracks, floating slabs, as well as plumbing and utility penetrations through the foundation slab. “Wood to ground contact” also assists in creating conducive conditions for termites to enter the structure and often occurs when soil or landscaping materials are built up around the foundation causing siding and/or wood based exterior materials to come in direct contact with the ground.
Prior to having your home treated for termites, some preparation will be necessary at the home. On the exterior of the home, trees and bushes will need to be trimmed away from the foundation 18-24 inches to allow for continuous treatment along the entire foundation. In the event an interior treatment is necessary, the interior of the home will likely require preparation. All furniture and belongings will need to be moved 3-5ft away from exterior foundation walls. The same is typically necessary in garage areas that share a common wall with the structure of the home. Additional areas may need to be prepared based on activity found within the home. A water or utility locate may also be needed just prior to your treatment to ensure that pipes are avoided during the drilling process.
The treatment method utilized by Mug-A-Bug is a conventional liquid treatment, which has historically proven to be the most effective type of termite treatment. The normal residual of the product used during treatment is between six and eight years (6-8 years). However, homes in areas where water tables are high may experience a shorter lifespan of the normal residual effectiveness as a high water table will, over a period of time, break down the active ingredient in the product faster.
Exterior Treatment: Soil areas along the exterior perimeter will be trenched including areas under landscaping materials, which will be pulled back during the treatment process and replaced once treatment is completed. Once trenched, the trench will be flooded with a liquid termiticide and backfilled to create an exterior barrier. Areas in which landscaped grass is growing against the foundation, a short-rod method in which termiticide is applied below the surface will be utilized in order to avoid damage to the sod. Concrete areas will be drilled every 12” in order to treat below the slab surface. All drilled areas will be plugged with a synthetic rubber plug, capped and patched with cement which will be smoothed off so that the cement is flush with the original surface.