Local Treatments for Subterranean Termites                   

Subterranean termites, like their name indicates, live underground.  They tunnel through the soil to look for any type of wood to feed on.  Their colonies can number into the millions. 

Like Drywood termites, subterranean termites are very serious structural pests and need to be addressed immediately.  Subterranean termites enter structures by building mud tubes.  Once their mud tubes are built, the travel to their feeding areas and back to their nest.  Mud tubes are usually found under structures, attached to walls, in garages, and in areas where plumbing is present.  These tubes are usually the first signs of a subterranean termite infestation. 

Unlike drywood termites, the treatment process is different for the subterranean termite.  Typical methods we use are:

  • Soil Saturation.  This is a pre-treatment method for new construction.  The termiticide is applied to all trenches and plumbing chases within 24 hours of the footings and slab poured.
  • Trenching.  This is a post construction method.  A trench is dug around the structure, or area infested, and the termiticide is applied into the trench, soaking down to the subterranean nesting sites.  This also creates a barrier between the structure and potential invading subterranean termites.  
  • Drill & treat.  This method involves drilling into the wood members, or through concrete, to reach the subterranean tubes and nesting site.  It is a pressure treatment, causing the product to spread out around injection sites.

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