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Ground soil treatments are applied as a preventive measure against subterranean termites. Ground soil treatments offer a chemical barrier, which is intended to block all potential routes of termite entry, such as cold joints in the concrete, crevices at plumbing stub outs, and open spaces for other utility lines.

The most ideal time to apply ground soil treatment termiticides is just before the pouring of the concrete. The treatment should be applied after the fill has been compacted and rough utility lines and plumbing have been installed. The area must also be free of plastic.

It is most beneficial to have the concrete poured within 24 hours of the soil treatment.


In some cases, the building contractor or mason requires more time between the soil treatment and concrete pour so that he can complete final preparations to the form area such as laying of plastic and grid wire.

If concrete cannot be poured within 24 hours the contractor must arrange to have the entire treated area immediately covered with opaque plastic to protect the treated area from exposure to moisture and sunlight since such exposures can break down the termiticide.


Hawaii Fumigation & Pest Control will afford 72 hours between the time of soil treatment and the concrete pour providing the contractor complies with this measure promptly and properly.


Because of the time constraints involved, it is imperative that builders coordinate their ground soil treatments in conjunction with their concrete pour and their building inspection. Failure to plan accordingly may result in additional delays or require the area to be treated again at additional cost.

Should the treated area become disturbed or breached for any reason, the building contractor must contact the pest control company to apply additional treatments to correct the problem and ensure that an effective barrier is re-established.


The cost of soil treatments varies based on the volume of area to be treated, the quantity of treatment visits required, project location, warranty requirements, and whether the building specs call for a specific termiticide that is more costly than the termiticides we maintain in inventory.
 


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