Should I Pretreat My Land for Termites Before I Build on It?

pretreat home for termites while in constructionTermites can cause serious property damage in a relatively short amount of time. Many people end up with more than one termite colony in their home at a time, because the colonies will expand each spring. When you are building a home or a building for your business on property that has been home to woods, you may be looking at how you can prevent termites from eating through your new building.

What Is a Pretreatment for Termites?

Pretreatment is a treatment that is done before the building is done. The pretreatment can be done in different stages of the building. One option is to treat the soil that the concrete slab is going to be built on. You can also treat the concrete itself and any gravel or infill that is put back into the area. The pretreatment works the same way a termite treatment does and creates a barrier that will keep the termites out.

How Long Does a Termite Pretreatment Last?

A pretreatment will last for up to five years, but the length of the effectiveness depends on how damp your soil is—the wetter it is the shorter the period that it is effective, which means if you have an exceptionally wet year or two, it may shorten how long the pretreatment will be effective. It also depends on the different treatments were applied.

How Can I Request a Termite Pretreatment?

Your exterminator can work with your builder to determine the correct time to complete the treatments. The treatments may also depend on the condition of the property before you began building. With proper scheduling, the pretreatments will not need to cut into your timeline of the build.

What Else Can I Do to Prevent Termites?

There are a few more things that you can do as a property is being built to prevent termites in the future. The first is to remove all existing wood from the area where you are building, this includes removing the stumps may be underground. This removes potential food sources that may attract termites to your property. Any wood that touches the ground needs to be treated for termites. This is especially important for wood for your deck since that is attached to your home. Finally encapsulating your crawlspace when your home is built can add an extra layer of protection against termites. This can also save you on your cooling and heating bills.

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