Termites are unfortunately a pest that will always be active around Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast area, and homeowners must remain vigilant against their infestations. The first step to preventing a termite infestation is of course to have your home inspected and treated thoroughly. In order to maintain this line of defense year after year, it will become necessary to re-treat your property periodically, and after certain events.
Re-treating for Termites After a Flood
The termite treatments utilized by Fischer Environmental bond powerfully to the soil surrounding the structure in order to form a protective barrier. During even mild to moderate flooding, the soil around the foundation of your house can become disturbed. As floodwaters build and rescind away from the property, they bring new soil, and can cause the existing soil to erode away.
When these actions occur, your protective termite barrier can become compromised. Suddenly, you may have areas of your house where the barrier is broken, and termites can freely enter.
In this case, pest control specialists can investigate areas where the soil has been disturbed, and apply supplemental termite control treatments in order to create a cohesive barrier once more.
In some cases, you may find that after a flood, the soil has not eroded, and there has not been a new layer of sediment deposited anywhere around the foundation. If this is the case, you may not need to have your house re-treated for termites at that time. If you are unsure as to whether or not you should have a re-treatment completed, it is much safer to at least have your home inspected by Fischer.
Replacing Termite Baits After Heavy Rains or Floods
While the termite treatments in the soil may be able to stay intact after flooding, termite baits can be adversely affected if they become saturated with water. Termite baits often use cellulose material that termites will feed upon in order to attract the pests.
These materials will not be as affective if they have become saturated. If this happens, the baiting materials will need to be replaced. Fischer Environmental can regularly visit your property for maintenance check ups in order to ensure that your baits are all in working condition.
Other Circumstances That May Cause a Need to Re-Treat
Floods are not the only factors that could make re-treating for termites necessary.
Fischer Environmental is a certified applicator of Termidor, which has been found to keep a protective barrier against termites for at least fifteen years. While this product has shown to perform much more effectively, and much longer, than other termite products, it cannot protect your home if the treated soil has been moved or disturbed in any way.
Most of the other reasons why homeowners would need supplemental termite treatments involve undergoing home renovations that affect the soil surrounding the structure. These renovations or repairs could have to do with landscaping around the house, or the addition or modification of porches, decks, driveways, and other structures. If you complete any project that exposes your foundation to more soil, or moves soil, then it is time to receive a supplemental termite treatment.
If for any reason you suspect that your termite control treatment has been compromised, it is best to seek re-treatment than to have to deal with an infestation later. Contact us as soon as possible to receive an inspection and treatment.