Preconstruction Termite Control
Termite damage is costly and is seldom covered by homeowner’s insurance. Because they live within walls and furniture, many homeowners do not recognize infestations until they are fully mature. Mature colonies require constant feeding and can inflict damage every day that they are left undetected. For these reasons, it is highly advisable to engage in preconstruction termite control when building a home or other structure.
One popular preconstruction termite treatment is the use of termite-resistant wood. Resinous woods are naturally termite resistant, and some other woods are chemically injected to deter termites. While no method can guarantee safety against natural pests, termite-resistant wood has been remarkably effective in protecting new homes from infestation for a time.
The creation of barriers surrounding or under a home’s foundation may also prove effective. Chemically treated synthetic blocks, insulation or soil are used for this purpose. Liquid residual preconstruction treatments also can be applied to the soil during home construction. They are often applied to soil prior to building slabs being poured. These barriers can be effective in preventing a subterranean termite infestation.
Contact your local pest control professionals to discuss preconstruction termite control methods available to you; the cost incurred by these preventive measures will be minimal in comparison to those potential costs incurred by an infestation.