Pre Construction Termite Control
We have a new F-450 truck that carries 1,000 gallons of termite solution for doing soil pre-treatments prior to pouring cement slabs.
Most often, a cement slab will crack or shrink away from the foundation wall which allows termites to infest the wood above. Aside from cracks, there are other entry points such as bath traps, plumbing outlets, construction joints, etc. The method used to prevent this infestation is to establish a horizontal barrier, which means that the soil underneath and around the concrete slab must be treated with a pesticide before the concrete slab is poured.
Although there are laws in all the southern states, requiring termite treatments prior to pouring concrete, there are no such laws in the VI. Most all homes in the VI are vulnerable to termite infestation, if not pre-treated.
How to Pre-Treat for Termite Control
Pesticides are necessary to control termites. The best time to provide protection against termites is during the planning and construction phase. Treating a structure for termite control requires specialized equipment that homeowners usually do not have, such as a 1000-gallon tank, pump and motor to deliver the insecticide from the tank. It is not recommended that homeowners attempt to treat their homes for termite control.