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Protect your construction jobs with termiticide pre-treatments.

A termiticide pre-treatment is a cost-effective way to protect construction projects from subterranean termite infestations. It can save you money in the long run, make it easier to obtain financing, and make property more marketable.

Termites are a serious and costly problem.

There are 55 species of termites in the United States. As a group, they cause more than $750 million in damage each year.

Subterranean termites, the kind a termite pre-treatment can control, live in colonies that can extend as far as 12 feet down. Worker termites "commute" between the colony and sources of wood fibers and other forms of cellulose in the home.

They eat and digest the fibers and then share food with other members of the colony. Workers rearely break the surface of wood and are busy 24 hous a day.

A new home can become infested with termites even before construction is completed.

Since they establish themselves well below the ground's surface, there's no way to know where subterranean termite colonies are located.

If a building site is over a colony, worker termites can be chewing away at the new home as construction progresses. Termites can build mud tunnels over concrete blocks, brick, or reated wood to get to susceptible timbers. They can get through cracks as narrow as 1/64th of an inch in foundations or slabs. An infestation can be thriving even before the home is completed.

Pre-treatments keep termites out and can make homes more marketable.

The very fact that a home is pre-treated with a termiticide can make it easier for a new buyer to obtain financing. HUD, FHA, and VA financing all require pre-treatments wiht termiticides. In addition, many local and county building codes now require termiticide pre-treatments.

The extra structural protection pre-treatments provides also helps protect a home owner's equity. For the homeowner, that means better value. For the builder, than means homes can sell quicker. The bottom line could be higher profits and better cash flow.

A pre-treatment could save you money in the long run.

In many areas of the country and with many types of financing, the builder could be liable if termites infest a new home. Infestations can be a problem if pre-treatments were not performed properly or if no treatment was performed at all.

If a home does become infested with termites, a post-construction treatment would then be necessary, possibly at the builder's expense. Because of the extra labor required for drilling, trenching, and possible repairs, post-construction treatments can be much more costly than pre-treatments.

How a typical home construction site is treated with a termiticide.

The ground beneath the slabs, around pipes, and around the outer perimiter of walls should be pre-treated.

It's important that a complete treatment be done. For many types of building construction, or if landscaping or other work disrupts soil, a second or follow-up treatment will be needed. Termites can enter areas that are skipped, not treated with sufficient chemical or where the chemical barrier is broken.

When it comes to correct treatment, there is no bargain pricing.

The monolithic slab beneath the main part of the house is the easiest and least expensive type of foundation to treat.

The chemical cost alone on a project like this would average $0.15 to $0.20 per square foot. On that basis, the cost of treating the slab area for a 1,600 square foot house and a 400 square foot garage would be $300 to $400. Additional costs would include equipment, labor, insurance, and other overhead.

Given those facts, it's easy to see that a bargain-priced treatment cannot be based on true costs. "Bargain" treatments based on substandard procedures or chemical use could result in inadequate protection.

Great Southern Exterminating will work with you at every step to insure proper treatment.

Protecting your construction projects with a termiticide pre-treatment makes good sense. And the best way to do it is to choose a quality pest control firm. Great Southern Exterminating is experienced, service-oriented, and will to take the time needed to answer your questions and do the job right.

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