The Facts About Termites and Flooding

August 8, 2013By

With the rainy summer season upon us, many people get concerned about the impact of flooding on termites and termite treatment. Read this to get the facts.

When living in the Mississippi and Louisiana Gulf Coast region, flooding is always a major concern especially in the summer months when heavy storms and even hurricanes are common.

When flooding occurs, we often receive inquiries from individuals regarding how much their termite treatments will be compromised in the event of mild or excessive flooding. We would like to take the time to answer a few of your common questions. However, before we go any further, Fischer Environmental would like to express our deepest concerns for all those who have been or may be affected by these types of natural disasters.

How Will the Active Termite Control Ingredient React During a Flood?

The active ingredient in Termidor is fipronil, which works by binding strongly to the soil around the perimeter of your home. This means that even if your soil becomes saturated with water, the treatment will remain firmly attached to the soil. You can rest assured that your Termidor termite treatment will remain active and effective as long as the soil has not been moved.

Termidor has been the leading termite control product in America for many years now, and over that time, it has proven to be highly effective, even in soils that have been subject to flooding. This termite control treatment has successfully provided long-term termite prevention even in different types of soils and varying climates.

When Would It Be Necessary to Retreat After a Flood?

While many homeowners that experience flooding may not need to retreat until their next scheduled maintenance date, there are circumstances when retreatment is necessary immediately after flooding. These situations typically involve when the soil where the Termidor protective barrier has been disturbed, including when:

  • There is substantial soil erosion next to the foundation of the structure
  • Repairs after the flood have required the moving of treated soil
  • Patios, porches, and other structures that were adjacent to the house have shifted away from the structure and have exposed new soil
  • Floodwaters have carried new soil to the perimeter of the building
  • Landscaping after the flood has added or manipulated soil
  • The original Termidor treatment occurred five years ago or more

In some of these situations, the property may only need a supplemental termite control treatment. A pest control specialist can help you with inspections and recommendations.

How Will I Know How Much Termite Retreatment I Need?

After experiencing flooding, the last thing you need is a termite infestation. That is why, at Fischer Environmental, we always recommend that you have a thorough inspection completed after the flood. During this inspection, one of our termite control specialists will look for modifications, damage, and any other elements that would compromise your Termidor barrier. The amount of retreatment you will need will be determined by these factors.

How Does Flooding Affect the Spread of Formosan Termites?

As Formosan termites are common throughout Louisiana and Mississippi, many homeowners are curious as to how flooding affects the prominence and distribution of these pests. Unfortunately, the occurrence of flooding may put your home at a higher risk of Formosan termite infestation.

When moderate to severe flooding occurs, the aftermath typically involves homeowners and construction crews gathering and relocating soil and other debris during the cleanup process. The mulches and damaged structures that are transported could be infested with termites; this enables them to spread to different areas more easily.

It is because the Formosan termites may be relocated to different neighborhoods and regions after a flood that is it so important to have your home completely retreated or at least a supplemental treatment as early as possible. This will ensure that your protective barrier is solid and these new termites will not be able to enter.

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