Your Guide to Termite Treatment in New Construction

Construction Termite Treatment

Whether you’re finally constructing your Dream Home or building as part of your living, it’s important to craft a structure that will survive. In climates like Tucson, part of that crafting means protecting the structure from Termites. Sure, you can call an exterminator like us in after the fact…but it’s usually cheaper and better to prevent a termite infestation to begin with.

Treating new construction to avoid termite infestation takes a variety of forms. Here are the most popular and effective for the Tucson, Arizona region.

  • Soil Termite Treatment and Baited Traps — Both of these methods involve killing all termites in the immediate area, either by saturating the soil with a termicide or by attracting all termites to a poisoned trap. In either case, this is a cost-effective way to keep termites out of the construction in progress. They do little to prevent termites from entering the structure once it’s built, however.
  • Wood Termite Treatment — Just like you can treat wood to prevent water damage for outdoor construction, you can treat structural beams with borate. Termites neither eat nor bore shelter tubes near borate-treated wood. They may still be attracted to untreated wood nearby, such as baseboards and molding.
  • Foundation Barriers — Metal termite shields and solid concrete masonry caps prevent termites from traveling through the holes in masonry blocks. They are reliable when installed correctly, but that correct installation is demanding. More than one otherwise qualified contractor installs both or either with cracks large enough for termites to pass right through.
  • Metal and Vinyl Siding — Termites eat wood, so one solution is to build most of a structure out of things that aren’t wood. Metal, fiber-cement and vinyl siding are all cost-effective alternatives to wooden siding for buildings. Like treated wood, though, they do nothing to prevent termites from being attracted to and eating what wood is in the building.
  • Sand and Stone Barriers — Tests have shown that a layer of sand or finely graded stone along and beneath the foundation (and concrete slabs in flooring or driveway) deters termites’ moving through soil. This keeps them from entering the area around your structure, so they will go eat wood somewhere else. It’s not a 100% guarantee, though, and is not currently approved as a stand-alone measure to prevent termite infestation.
  • Smart Landscaping — after construction, protect siding by laying soil 6 inches or more beneath the lowest level of siding, and by planting shrubs so they won’t grow too close to the foundation. Never spread mulch so it touches the side of the building, as termites love the softer, broken-down wood in mulch.

If you already use a building that wasn’t treated during construction, or early efforts didn’t work for a variety of reasons, hiring professional exterminators is the next best option. Call us today to schedule a visit to find out how we can get those pests out of your space. We’ll do what we do best so you can focus on what you do best.

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