Termite defense layers

Carol Friedland, Kleinpeter, Shelly

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Some soil treatments for termites claim to last about ten years and should be maintained on the manufacturer’s recommendation to ensure a home is protected. These treatment options are easier to maintain compared to termite baiting stations which require yearly maintenance and do not work as well as a deterrent in the soil.

Gravel buffer (no cellulose) around structure

Because termites feed on cellulose, it is essential to eliminate cellulose around the perimeter of the home. While mulch is a popular landscaping feature, the small pieces of wood attract termites to burrow in and eventually enter the home. Gravel has a similar look to mulch without attracting pests or creating a fire hazard so close to the home.

Steel mesh shield at foundation perimeter

Steel mesh is a physical termite barrier that blocks termites from reaching your home through the foundation. If termites are burrowing up towards the foundation, the mesh prevents them from reaching the foundation.

Steel mesh pipe collars imbedded in slab

A pipe collar surrounds the pipes where they enter the home to prevent foraging termites. Termites will follow the path of drainage pipes until they eventually forage into the home. A pipe collar acts as a blockage to prevent them from entering the home and causing further damage.

This barrier is usually used for slabs, masonry, and around pipes.

All structural wood is preservative treated

Borate treated wood protects the building from termites. Borate is non-toxic to humans and animals, and lumber does not lose resilience when treated with borate. Borate is a colorless treatment naturally but will often be dyed to distinguish the treated lumber on a worksite.

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Pipe collars prevent termites from foraging through the openings near your home's pipes

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