◐ Termites Cause Damage
|Termites cause nearly $2 billion in damage annually according to surveys. Unfortunately, without annual inspections, termites can go unnoticed for years while continuing to damage your home.|
- Most homeowner policies do not cover termite damage.
- Termites cause damage in hidden areas, behind walls, in crawl spaces and basements.
- Many pest management professionals offer annual inspection services and treatment warranties.
- The best solution to potentially avoid termite damage is a thorough annual inspection and a termite treatment to eliminate them around your home.
◐ How Termites Enter Your Home
- Termites constantly forage and evaluate the size and quality of food resources as they seek out cellulose, the primary component of wood.
- Termites follow tree roots and construction conduits such as pipes and footers to gain entry into homes.
- Termites enter homes with an opening as small as 1/32¡±.
- Termites can be in your home for several years with very few visible signs of activity.
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ANTEATER Pest Control offers you both conventional chemical and termite baiting system treatments as well as Wood Inspections Reports for Real Estate closings.
◐ Conventional (Barrier) Treatment
The application of a liquid pesticide, known as a termiticide, to the soil. The goal is to create a continuous chemical barrier around and beneath the structure in order to block all potential routes of termite entry. Termites attempting to penetrate through the treated soil are either killed or repelled. A typical "barrier" treatment may involve many gallons of dilute termiticide solution injected into the ground alongside the foundation, beneath concrete slabs, and within foundation walls.
Getting the chemical where it had to be was quite an involved operation and required special tools, including powerful electric or gas-powered drills that could penetrate a foot or m ore of concrete, power pumps and tank, and a wide variety of rods, nozzles, and injectors to actually disperse the liquid. A complete, unbroken barrier was essential to effective control. To try to create a barrier beneath the home, additional liquid chemical may be injected through floors, porches and patios.