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Pretreatment for termites is one of the best things you can do to help prevent future infestations. Instead of waiting for the problem to occur and treating the infestation, you are taking steps to prevent it from happening in the first place. Pretreatment is used during the home construction phase. This means it is really only an option for those having a new home built. Termite treatments are something all homeowners need to be concerned with, but pretreatment can help you keep your mind at ease. Homeowners should do all they can to prevent problems in the future. If this means investing in a pretreatment procedure to keep a problem from every occurring, it is well worth the effort and cost.
Keep in mind the pretreatment is a preventive measure and will not eliminate a problem once it exists. You can create toxic and non-toxic barriers for your home that will lead to chasing termites away. However, once your problem has started, you will need to deal with the problem. Pretreatment will keep problems at bay, so if you can opt for this, do so.
One of the safest options to prevent a problem is to create a physical barrier when building your home. This keeps the bugs from ever entering your home without dealing with harsh chemicals and insecticides. Barriers are usually made of steel mesh, coarse aggregate, gravel and sand, as well as a plastic film. This surrounds the house and keeps the bugs from penetrating. The plastic is usually covered in sodium borate, a chemical that will damage bugs, but not harm humans. This combination of materials is put under the homes foundation and when the home is being built, the wood is kept away from the soil under and around the house.
Non-toxic procedures are used on the wood while the home is being built and then on the actual structure once it is erected. Usually the sodium borate is used in this case, too. This substance is non-poisonous. It dries things up, so it keeps the wood dry and when the bugs eat the substance, it does not allow them to digest the wood fibers. They survive by feasting on the cellulose in the wood. This chemical makes it impossible for them to get the nutrients they need to live. Toxic pretreatment used to be used on homes, but was banned in 1988. Chlordane was the most popular toxic pretreatment option.
The cost of pretreatment can be high, but it is often worth the investment. If you are having your home built or adding an addition onto your home, it is something you need to seriously consider. Pretreatment not only helps put your mind at ease, it also increases the value of the home. When homebuyers know they do not have to worry about infestations, they feel better about making their purchase. They are also willing to pay a bit more just to have peace of mind. Best of all, you get to live in a home that you know is protected from one of the most devastating pests that can infest a home.