Before constructing a new structure, it is always a good idea to treat the area for termites. The best time to provide protection against termites is during the planning and construction phases. The main goal is to create a barrier between the soil (where the termites are living) and the wood of the structure. The tools needed to pre-treat are not typically on-hand for homeowners. Calling a professional is the safest and most effective way to pre-treat the area and wood. Treatment is typically continued throughout the building process for best results.
One of the most common types of construction in North Carolina is on top of a concrete slab that is resting on the soil. Commonly, the slab will crack and create openings for termites to invade and infest the wood of the structure. These types of construction sites require special treatment to the soil under the concrete as well as to the concrete slab itself.
All steps in the termite prevention process are needed to yield the best results. Only complying with some of the measures will not be effective enough to prevent termite infestations from occurring. All steps are necessary – a professional will know what the proper treatment is for each type of construction site.
Some examples of termite control methods should include:
- Removal of stumps, roots, wood, and other cellulose materials from the building site before construction begins
- Ventilation openings in foundations should be designed to prevent dead air pockets. This helps keep the ground dry and unfavorable for termites
- Thorough annual inspections should be conducted to discover evidence of termite activity such as shelter tubes on foundation surfaces, discarded wings, or adult termites
- Any wood that contacts the soil, such as fence posts and foundation elements should be made of pressure treated wood
- Foundation areas should be made accessible for inspection if possible
- Proper grading to direct water away from the structure