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Termite Spot Treatment
Local treatment is a great option for small scale termite infestations or smaller budgets. It is often recommended if a structure has had a fumigation or heat treatment within the last five years. Localized spot treatment may also be a more practical option for commercial condos or apartment buildings. You will not need to leave the house for this treatment and preparations, if any, will be minimal.
Bora-Care Structural Treatment
Bora-Care is the fastest growing termite pretreatment available. This powerful, effective preventative termite treatment can be performed in a single trip and can easily be coordinated in new construction, because we treat the structure, not the soil. Bora-Care kills Drywood termites, Subterranean termites, Formosan termites, Carpenter ants, Powderpost beetles, Old house borers, algae and wood-decay fungi. Bora-Care works by taking advantage of a unique feature in the biology of termites, ants and other insects. When ingested the pest becomes unable to extract nutrition from its food and starves to death. Bora-Care is a mineral salt and doesn’t break down over time. It remains in the wood for the life of the wood, providing long-term protection. By keeping the wood sealed or protected from moisture, as in the wall voids of a structure, you eliminate the need for retreatment. Bora-Care has shown no compatibility issues with any type of plumbing pipes, and will not corrode metal fasteners, fittings or nails.
Residential & Commercial Termite Inspections
If you’re getting ready to buy or sell a property in Orange County, IInland Empire or San Diego county you will need a full termite inspection report. Our licensed termite inspectors will come to your property and thoroughly investigate the structure for termite damage or signs of infestation. Once that is complete, our technicians will provide the report.
NexGen Termite Control Treatment Options
There are a few treatment options available for full termite control. Based on your needs and budget, our technicians will make their recommendations after a thorough inspection of your structure.
During fumigation, the building is tented for 24-48 hours. Vikane gas is then pumped into the sealed structure, replacing the oxygen. Vikane penetrates hard to reach areas like walls voids, attic spaces, eaves and door frames. After treatment, our technicians will remove the tent and air out the structure. We will thoroughly inspect the structure before we allow occupants to return. Fumigation service is warrantied for 3 years after service.
Local treatment is a great option for small scale infestations or smaller budgets. After a thorough inspection is completed, our technicians may recommend localized spot treatment based on their findings. You will not need to leave the house for this treatment and prep, if any, will be minimal.
Orange oil is a non-traditional treatment option used to rid exposed wood structures of termites. It works by injecting the product into the wood structures. Orange oil destroys termites and their eggs quickly and without using traditional pesticide methods like fumigation. Service time is quick and easy and doesn’t require you to be out of the home during treatment.
Termite Wood Damage & Structural Defects
Natural forces like earthquakes and tornadoes can cause a wake of destruction. Fortunately, they have taught us something about the kind of home they are most likely to damage. It turns out that strong forces “pick on” homes and buildings that have structural defects. Homes that are well built and maintained are more likely to come through a major calamity in much better shape.
A structural defect can be the result of a design or construction flaw and makes your home weaker. Weakening can also be caused by anything that attacks the structural wood. This includes beetles, fungi, termites and carpenter ants. Unchecked, these pests can reduce the strength of wood by as much as 80%, leaving your home susceptible to widespread damage. The stronger the force, the more likely that force will cause severe, and perhaps irreparable, damage to the home.
The porch column that has a masonry exterior can conceal termite- damaged wood inside. The column could break during an earthquake. Had the wood been intact, the column may very well have come through unharmed. Be vigilant in keeping your home in good repair and free of wood-destroying pests. Don’t hesitate to have inaccessible areas opened so they can be inspected for hidden damage.
Termite Trouble Spots
Any structure with wood looks and smells like a big juicy steak to termites. These pests have an uncanny ability to locate wood both by smell and by random searching, even when dirt, cement, or stucco hides the wood. There are certain situations that encourage problems with termites. Here are some common termite trouble spots.
Cracks in concrete foundations and foundation walls allow termites hidden access to wood.
Soil in contact with wood allows termites easy access. This includes posts set in the ground, soil pushed up against the wood in a structure, concrete porches filled with soil that rests against wood structural members, wooden porch steps that rest on soil, etc. Do-it-yourselfers often erect wooden trellises or fences with posts directly in the ground, and then connect these to the house.
Unsolved moisture problems like poor grading that directs water toward a structure, dripping faucets, and leaking pipes all attract termites, which need moisture to survive. Shrubbery or vines that block the airflow through ventilation openings also cause problems.
Extra wood like tree stumps and large dead roots, buried form boards, wood chip mulching, and firewood stacked on the ground attracts termites. The pests get started in these, then find their way into a structure.
These are just some of the many, many situations that can lead to trouble with termites. A professional Nexgen Exterminating’s inspection can spot these and other, less obvious conditions that can lead to problems with various wood-damaging pests.