Termite Treatments 101
By: Robert (Bob) Batman
FAQ is limited to two types of termite treatment: 1) soil treatment, and;
2) baiting service.
What is the a preconstruction termite treatment? A. Termite treatments
can be classified as either 1) existing structure treatment or 2) preconstruction
treatment. Preconstruction treatment refers to treatment performed prior
to or during construction. See 2 and 3 below.
When is a preconstruction soil treatment performed? A. For a termite soil
treatment ("treatment") to be classified as a preconstruction treatment,
the treatment must be performed in accordance with the termiticide (pesticide
used for termite treating) label instructions and it must be performed
during construction (prior to pouring of concrete footings and slabs).
Basically, a preconstruction treatment is the same as an existing structure
treatment with the following exception: treatment is performed to certain
surface areas' prior to the pouring of concrete footings and slabs (floors,
stoops, patios, walkways, driveways, or etc.) over the surface area. You
can forget treating the soil under a footing after the footing is poured.
If you have to drill-treat floors, stoops, patios, walkways, driveways,
or other obstructions, you are performing an existing structure treatment,
not a preconstruction treatment.
Can a termite baiting service be performed prior to construction?
Yes. Here's an actual example: A friend of mine asked me to put monitor
and baiting stations in an area of known termite infestation which also
happened to be the location where he planned to build a combination barn,
four car garage and workshop at some time in the near future (within 2
or 3 years). His thinking was to eliminate, if possible, the termite colony
or colonies prior to disturbing the area during construction. This would
be one example of preconstruction treatment. A monitor and baiting service
in this case would be practical, however, soil treatment would not.
monitor and baiting stations would probably be damaged during the construction
of a building, therefore, it is best to perform initial instillation of
monitor and/or bait stations following construction.
What about state law and its affect on how a preconstruction treatment
Some states have more to say (requirements) than others regarding preconstruction
termite treatments. A good professional pest control company should know
exactly what is required in the state(s) they operate.
What about scheduling the termite treatment crew...what should I do?
Check with the treatment company about any advance notice requirements
regarding scheduling a treatment crew to the treatment site. Remember,
all the contractor's workers must leave the treatment site during treatment
and cannot return until the termiticide has been absorbed into the soil
and has dried. Treatment cannot be performed when the ground is frozen
or saturated or if workers are at the treatment site.
a contractor does not cooperate, that is something you will have to deal
with: the treatment crew will simply leave the treatment site untreated,
and you will have to reschedule for their services. Expect an additional
service charge for the wasted trip. Some people actually require their
contractor to include the preconstruction termite soil treatment in the
contractor's building specifications along with a statement pertaining
to the builder being responsible for scheduling the service with the customer's
treatment company and delaying construction in case inclement weather
delays the treatment.
not blame the treatment company if the builder/contractor poured concrete
before the treatment crew arrived. This is a common occurrence and a situation
you will have to take up with your builder/contractor. Expect an additional
charge, if the treatment crew has to return or drill-treat through concrete
to perform part of the treatment.
What about the contractor's workers disrupting the soil following a preconstruction
Disturbance of treated soil is a common occurrence at construction sites.
This is something which is beyond the control of the termite treatment
company. Normally, the preconstruction treatment service price is based
on either two (2) or three (3) trips to the treatment site: 1) prior to
placement of footings, 2) prior to placement of ground level slabs (basement,
garage, stoops, patios, driveways, etc.), and; 3) following final backfill
and grade. Sometimes, depending on the structure and contractor's methods,
final backfill and grade can be treated at the same time as the areas
where concrete slabs are to be poured. Expect to pay an additional amount
for each additional (extra) trip you or your contractor request. Remember,
you will need to give appropriate advance notice to the treatment company
for each trip.
Don't all builders pre-treat the houses they build for termites?
No. Certain FHA, VA, and HUD construction and some commercial construction
requires either preconstruction termite soil treatment or a baiting service,
or combination of both. Other types of construction do not require preconstruction
treatment. If your builder claims your house was pre-treated for termites,
s/he should be able to provide you appropriate treatment documents from
a professional pest control operator.
I plan to build a new house in a lake community. What kind of preventative
termite treatment do you recommend?
Actually, I would have to visit the site before recommending anything,
and my recommendation may depend on several factors. The only control
recommendation I would give without visiting the site would be a termite
If you live in the Greater Kansas City Missouri/Kansas Area and
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(816) 765-8844 or (913) 671-8844.