Building a New Structure? Long-Term Tips to Discourage Termite Activity

Termite damage is always a major concern for those who have older homes or structures, especially if the wood used in their construction is decaying or there are moist conditions that favor termite survival and reproduction. Unfortunately, new and more recently constructed buildings are not immune to the threat of this voracious pest. 

Therefore, those who are planning to build a new construction home, garage, or other structure should always include steps to discourage termite colonies from forming on their property.

Start with a proactive plan to ensure good site drainage

Termites need moisture and high humidity levels to stay healthy, breed successfully, and raise future generations. Taking the proactive stance to cure any drainage or moisture issues found on the building site is something property owners can do to help eliminate this moisture, both during construction and throughout their ownership of the property. 

Good site drainage may require the use of several options, including drain tiles, berms, and site contouring to move stormwater and groundwater safely away from where the buildings will be located. Construction techniques designed to limit direct contact between soil and wood are equally important and should also be included in the design process for the structure that is being built.

Opt for site pre-treatment 

Once any potential drainage issues have been made on the site, the next step is to be proactive about termite prevention and control by having the site pre-treated. During this process, a pest control contractor determines the most suitable locations on the site for placing appropriate, long-term treatment options.

The most commonly used pre-treatment methods utilize borate treatment or a process known as horizontal soil treatment. Both of these treatment options are designed to be used at specific points early in the construction process and later followed by perimeter treatment after the construction of the building is completed. 

Boost effectiveness with an ongoing inspection and treatment strategy

Because termites are a common pest in most areas of the country, property owners will also want to boost the effectiveness of their pre-treatment strategy on an ongoing basis. This should include regular, professional inspections to detect signs of early termite activity and enable proactive treatment, as needed. 

Incorporating an effective pre-treatment plan is the best way to keep properties free of termite infestation and damage throughout decades of ownership. To get more detailed information for achieving this goal, property owners will want to consult with a reputable termite or pest control contractor during the initial planning stages of their project.