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Pest Control

Routine Care Task

Treat soil around foundation for termites (if needed)

Priority

Destruction caused by termites is hidden from view and may take place slowly over a long period of time, but can be devastatingly costly if not prevented.

Timing: 

March (yearly)


NOTE: The tasks and timings shown here for your Pest Control are based on a single-family home (owned), located in Massachusetts, United States, with priority set at ‘1 star' or higher, for all possible goals.


If you set your personalization differently in your Home Wizard app, then you may get reminders for different tasks and timings in your recommended home care program for your Pest Control.

How To

pest control care Since termites must return to the soil at least once a day, the most effective method of attack is to poison the soil around the foundation of the house or building with special termite insecticides (e.g. chlordane, heptachlor, etc.)

Treating the soil around the foundation requires excavation and the handling of dangerous chemicals. It is best advised to contact a trained professional exterminator. To ensure complete protection, a 30 inch deep trench must be dug around the entire foundation. Part of the poison is poured into this trench, while the balance is mixed with the soil as it is replaced.

Many homes and buildings have concrete slab floors (porches, patios, and garage) laid on the ground right next to the foundation walls. Termites often come up through the soil under these slabs and work their way inside through cracks or open points where the slab meets the wall. The only way to poison the soil under these slabs is to chop holes through the concrete floor, then pour or pump the insecticide solution through.

Again, it is best to hire a trained professional exterminator for this kind of work.

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Sealing and caulking compound for non-porous materials

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EPA-registered, insecticidal preservative that prohibits termite damage, rot and decay to outdoor wood

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Benefits

  • Avoiding Unscheduled Repairs
  • Maintaining Value
  • Health & Safety

The benefits of this task are very very high. Termites can do serious damage to the structure of a home, and the sooner you can stop them, the better.

Costs

The cost of this task is relatively high, and it is a task for trained professional.

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