Why Does My New Home Need a Pre-treatment for Termites?

Why Does My New Home Need a Pre-treatment for Termites?

February 5, 2018 | No Comments


A termite infestation is the last thing any homeowner wants to face, so if you’re buying a custom new home, then it’s a good idea to look into termite pre-treatments as well. In this article, we’ll talk you through why we believe these treatments are essential, as well as how to keep your treatment topped up, so you don’t face any infestations further down the line.

Why Pre-Treat?

Termites thrive in areas with a lot of dampness, and as every North Carolinian knows, we get our fair share of wet weather during the winter months. And while termites might not be quite as quick to wolf down wood as cartoons suggest, they aren’t far off. Not only does that mean they’ll ruin any wooden furniture they can get their hands on, but they could also threaten the structural integrity of your custom new home, too. By applying insecticides to key areas around your home, you can prevent these troublesome little critters at bay and therefore keep your house safe and termite-free.

How Long Does Treatment Last?

When carried out correctly, a termite pre-treatment on a custom new home can last anywhere between two to five years, making it a very cost-effective solution. Once that time is up, and the insecticide is no longer as potent as it was, then it can be reapplied to keep those termites away from your home. However, you should still periodically inspect your property. If you see any signs of infestation or even just a couple of small signs of termites, then it’s best to call in the professionals to check before it’s too late.

What Areas Are Most Important to Treat?

A termite pre-treatment should start at the very foundation of your custom new home. Before any concrete is laid down, the soil around the excavation will need to be adequately treated so that your property is protected from the ground up. Where slabs are going to be laid down at a gradient, holes should be made in the earth and filled with chemicals that can then disperse through the soil. Any areas where floors and walls intersect also need to be treated and pipe beddings should be pre-treated to protect the piping in years to come.

For more information on building a custom home and how to protect it from pests, contact Grayson Homes at 919-578-6222.

Mike Poupard