The Home Protection Plan
By fully understanding termites and their behavior, your technician is able to successfully implement a Protection Program in your home. It consists of a four-part strategy to achieve the Program's highly critical objective.
To form a continuous barrier with an effective chemical that will keep termites from entering your home for as long as possible.
Step 1: A discussion with you, and a complete inspection of your property, structure and surroundings, will be carried out.
Step 2: A thorough analysis of your property will then be made.
Step 3: The most effective termiticide - based on the technician's findings - will be efficiently applied.
Step 4: The conditions favoring the termite infestation will be minimized.
Every home is somewhat different in its construction and special termite control needs. That's why it's important to rely only on a professional technician who is trained and certified, and who is thoroughly familiar with application methods for all types of building designs and practices. Possessing such professional knowledge and experience, your technician will be aware of possible problem areas in your particular type of home.
Most professional applicators are members of a local or state association, or the National Pest Control Association, and are constantly receiving current information on control methods, new chemicals, and regulatory limitations on older chemicals.
THE INSPECTION PROCESS
The purpose of an inspection is to determine where and how termites are entering your home. The inspection will also reveal any existing conditions in your home or on your property that are either conducive or vulnerable to future termite activity.
Prior to the inspection, the technician will question you about structural and landscaping details of your property, and any observations you may have made in and around your home - for example, swarming, plumbing or rain leaks, or damaged wood.
The inspection of your home and its surroundings will be handled in a thorough and detailed manner by your technician. Sections of your home that are in contact with soil will be inspected and evaluated to determine whether termites have entered. Further, concrete floors and walls will be examined for gaps and small cracks. Remember, termites only need a 1/32 of an inch opening to start their attack on your home. Your property will also be checked for hollowed and weakened wood, as well as for any termite shelter tubes that have been constructed in and around your home.
The actual inspection of your home can be broken down into five general areas, including the exterior, the interior, the attic, the substructure area - basement or crawl space, and the garage and storage areas if any.
It is important that you give permission for your technician to inspect and treat all areas that he may want to check for termites. Otherwise, his company may not be able to provide you with a full guarantee or warranty of their work.
Once the active infestation sites have been discovered, an analysis is carried out to determine why the termites are active in these particular locations. The analysis may reveal subtle problems such as structural flaws or water leaks which need correction. Termites often attack where a lot of moisture is present in wood. This is usually the result of plumbing leaks, roof leaks, poor grading, or inadequate ventilation. Your technician is experienced in identifying these conditions and will make recommendations, if necessary, for correcting them.
APPLICATION OF THE TERMITICIDE
Termiticide application methods will vary, depending on the construction of your home and the materials used, the type of basement or foundation, and the type and number of porches, patios and chimneys.
Basic types of construction are basement, crawl space, and slab foundation. There are also variations such as half basement, supportable or floating slab and plenum construction. Your technician is trained and experienced in all types and variations of construction.
Generally, the termiticide is placed in narrow trenches that have been dug along the foundation of your home and into soil or voids that have been reached by drilling or the creation of access panels.
SELECTING A TERMITICIDE
The choice of the termiticide that creates the chemical barrier in your home is up to you. You could choose an older insecticide such as an organophosphate or a product from the newest family of chemicals, synthetic pyrethroids.
MINIMIZING INFECTATION CONDITIONS
Termite infestations occur for a reason. Understandably, infestations are often due to the close proximity of the wood to the soil. However, attacks can also be prompted by structual flaws, moisture leaks, buried wood/debris, poor ventilation will point out these deficiencies to you and recommend corrective procedures which may be performed by the pest control company or a contractor.
Now That Your Home Has Been Treated
After the completion of treatment, you may still have some questions. Don't hesitate to consult with your technician.
Most companies offer a yearly or periodic inspection of your home, which will ensure that future problems that might arise do not go unchecked.
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