Termite Prevention & Construction Site Preparation
Remove all tree roots and stumps from the building site before starting construction.
Slab-on-ground foundations are most susceptible to termite attack.
Sand grain barriers are effective. When grains are 1.6 to 2.5 mm, they are too heavy for termites to move out of the way, and the spaces separating the grains are too small to fit between. A 4” layer of sand is required under a concrete floor slab. With crawl spaces, there should be a 4-inch layer of sand around the interior of the foundation wall and around any piers. All possible paths between the soil and the wood framing must have a sand barrier.
Termimesh™, a finely woven, stainless steel mesh designed as a barrier for under and around foundations, prevents termites from entering a building. Pest Control magazine (February 1999) reported that after five years of testing, stainless steel mesh remained 100 percent successful as a barrier to subterranean termites.
Steel termite shields prevent termites from entering through the interior cracks of masonry walls or foundation blocks. A good metal shield placed on top of foundation and piers may prevent mud tubes from reaching the wood above them, but will more likely cause termites to build around the shield, making their mud tubes easily detected and destroyed.
Diatomaceous Earth forms Protective Ring under Pier & Beam Foundation
Diatomaceous Earth is a nontoxic pest control device that works on insects of all species. Unlike pesticides which rely on hazardous poisons to chemically control insects, DE physically controls insects by scouring their exoskeleton through abrasive action. Insects cannot become resistant to physical control, but they do become immune to insecticides. Pesticides not only waste time and money, they also damage human health and environmental ecology.
Create ventilated spaces between the ground and any wood structure.
Cover earthen crawl space floors with a vapor barrier – sheets of polyethylene (available at any home supply store) that cover all exposed areas, keeping moisture and dampness at the ground level instead of infiltrating the crawl space. The plastic is usually covered with sand or fine gravel to protect it from punctures when it is walked upon. It should be sealed around the perimeter to the foundation wall, and at any seams, with long-lasting caulking or mastic.
If you vent your crawl space, be sure it has two, if not four, ventilation openings within 10 feet of the corners to provide for cross-ventilation. Vents should be opened in the winter and closed in the summer to prevent moisture problems.
Simple Organic Pest Control Methods
Using traps is one method that organic pest control companies are happy to champion. Though the idea of trapping insects is kind of a no-brainer, the former method of chemical extermination took the focus off trapping for quite some time. Traps designed to capture specific insects are now available and are becoming more effective all the time; removing one species of insect from a designated area is much better for the environment than killing off everything with a chemical spray.
Proactive Termite Program
We thoroughly inspect your home’s foundation and walls, identify areas conducive to termite entry and deliver targeted applications of Altriset, a low-impact control product. This treatment stops the colony from feeding within a matter of hours and results in elimination within days. At the same time, we install termite monitors as a system that can sense when termites are trying to breach your property’s perimeter and allows us to take action.
Why is this more environmentally friendly?
We use only the lowest-impact baits & liquid control products. In fact, Altriset is the only termite control that doesn’t require a warning label. Its impact on people, pets and the environment is minimal. Our low-impact termite treatments are just as effective as other traditional termite control products, in most cases.