Termite Soil Treatments

Protect Your Home from Subterranean Termites – Viking Termite Can Help You with Termite Soil Treatments

What are Subterranean Termites?

Some termites are called subterranean termites because they live in the soil around their food sources (homes, trees, wood, furniture, etc.), travel from this soil to the location of their food, then return to the colony in the soil to feed.

What are the signs of Subterranean Termites?

There are several conditions such as swarming, discarded wings, and wood damage that can indicate subterranean termites. However, Viking Termite can provide you with the trained expertise to uncover and eliminate hard to see subterranean termites through inspections and termite soil treatments, sometimes before substantial structural damage has occurred.

Where are Subterranean Termites generally found?

Outside, subterranean termites are most often found in trees, mulch, assorted plants, firewood, and scrap lumber, because they require humidity to survive.

Inside structures, subterranean termites can enter around plumbing installations, cement expansion joints, cracks, and any other spaces that are available for entry. Any wood in direct contact with soil will also attract subterranean termites. However, they have been found in above ground spaces where there is moisture available, as well. To protect themselves, subterranean termites will build their mud shelter tubes at any distance required to get to their food sources. These mud shelter tubes can include “free standing” ones starting in the soil, then moving to wooden trusses or beams under pier or beam structures, or up the side of a building wall. Viking Termite has experience uncovering and exterminating termites in all these locations, and can help you with the next indicated steps, including termite soil treatments.

What are Termite Soil Treatments and why are they important?

A critical task in the construction of a new home, subterranean termite soil treatments should never be overlooked. Subterranean termites produce over $2 billion in damage annually, greater than property damage caused by fire and windstorm combined. In the United States, there is an average of 13 to 14 subterranean termite colonies per acre, which means that any home may easily have 3 to 4 colonies located under or around it. Because there can be as many as 1,000,000 subterranean termites per colony, termites can easily take up residence in an unprotected home.

To combat this potential infestation, you can begin with pre-construction termites soil treatments performed by Viking Termite. Viking Termite will spray a chemical barrier on the soil before the slab is laid and treat the soil around the foundation after the landscaping is completed.

How can you safeguard your home against Subterranean Termites?

Make sure there are no wood scraps or waste lumber left in nearby soil from construction, especially near the house. Be sure to have the builders take away old boards, stakes, etc. left after your home is constructed. Any pieces of wood still in the ground will be a magnet for subterranean termites, even with pre-construction termite soil treatments.

Never store lumber or other wood against the foundation or within the crawl space, and keep trellises, fences, lattices, etc. from contact with the home.

Arrange for Viking Termite to inspect your home annually to detect any termites before they invade your home. Because subterranean termites strike from underground, it is sometimes difficult to detect them until they are already in your home. Viking Termite knows what the symptoms of termite activity are, and they will know where to look. If they are found, Viking Termite can help you with termite soil treatments or any other indicated solutions.

These are just a few precautions you should take before and after your home is built to prevent and control termite infestation. If termites are found in your home, Viking Termite knows what to do to effectively eliminate them. When you are ready for more information, please contact us at (562) 989-8197, e-mail us at vikingfume@gmail.com, or leave us your information here on the Contact Us page, and we will reply promptly.