Construction Pre treatment

Termite Slab Foundation Pre Treatment

Question: Do I need to pretreat the slab or do anything during construction to prevent future pests?

ANSWER: Treating houses during construction, when the foundation and the soil and/or gravel that forms the bed of future concrete slabs are exposed, is the best time to apply chemical protection against subterranean termites. The foundation block and the footing for the block or poured concrete wall are treated on the outside and inside. Sometimes the wood sill plate and joists for the flooring are treated (usually with a different insecticide).

This treatment is called  “preconstruction treatment” by pest control operators and is done routinely by Spectrun Termites.There may be a second treatment when the foundation has been backfilled and the final soil grading has been made.

Most new constructions are treated against termites during the initial construction process. The common treatment consists of termiticides being applied to the soil before the slab is poured. This is done as a means of blocking concealed access of subterranean termites (not dry wood termites) to a structure. The preventative cost of a Pre-Construction Treatment is minimal in comparison to the monetary damages termites can cause a home after it is built.

Types of Pre-Construction Treatment

• Soil Treatment: Spectrum will pretreat the soil before the concrete slab is poured.  This is the most common method of termite pretreatment for new construction projects.

• Borate Treatment: Spectrum  will treat the wood studs of the structure at the dried-in stage of construction.  This product is a good alternative to a soil treatment, and also considered a green termite treatment.

• Termi-mesh: Termi-mesh is a green physical termite barrier commonly applied to the piping penetrations right before the concrete slab is poured.  This finely woven mesh will last the lifetime of the structure, and termites cannot penetrate this high quality stainless steel barrier.  Termi-mesh, in most cases, can only be used as as add-on termite service and not a stand alone treatment for new construction projects.

• Sentricon Baiting System: The Sentricon system is installed around the perimeter of the structure once all the landscaping is completed for your new construction project. The system is monitored yearly and is available for new construction projects and existing structures.

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