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Treatment

Effective termite treatment

TNT Termite recommends a full-perimeter treatment using an approved termiticide to properly protect your home from additional termite infestation or damage.

All lending institutions involved in a residential real estate transaction using government-backed financing (FHA/VA) require a Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Report (WDI) as a condition of the sales contract. Homes that fail their inspection are then required to be treated with the most effective termiticides available.

TNT Termite and Pest Solutions uses Termidor termiticide. It offers a minimum of a five-year warranty if applied per the label and in accordance with the State of Nebraska guidelines. Most importantly, this termiticide must be applied by a state-licensed and certified applicator.

The key to an effective termite treatment is to create a protective treated zone around the entire perimeter of the home, keeping termites away from the wood.

The treatment must completely surround the home. Even the slightest open spot will allow termites to access the home and start their feeding frenzy.

The licensed/certified applicator must follow the post-construction directions for the use of the product, typically found on the label under “Exterior Perimeter Treatment”. This section requires the applicator to apply a continuous chemical barrier around the structure based on the following conditions:

Drilling holes along the common wall
TNT Termite holes drilled along the common wall
TNT Termite holes capped along the common wall
TNT Termite drilling holes near stoop
TNT Termite holes near stoop capped
TNT Termite trench dug, ready for rodding
TNT Termite starts the rodding process
TNT Termite rodding 4 feet down
TNT Termite trench filled with termiticide
TNT Termite trench backfilled

Soil adjacent to foundation wall – The applicator is required to apply the chemical by digging a 6-inch trench around the exterior foundation, rodding into the trench on 18-inch centers x 48 inches deep, and filling the trench with the given volume of solution (typically 1.6 gallons per 1 linear foot by 4 feet deep), then backfilling.

Soil adjacent to a concrete slab –  The applicator is required to apply the chemical by digging a 6-inch trench around the exterior foundation, rodding into the trench on 18-inch centers x 24 inches deep, and filling the trench with the given volume of solution (typically 0.8 gallons per 1 linear foot by 2 feet deep), then backfilling.

Concrete slab adjacent to foundation wall –  To treat the soil beneath the slab, the applicator is required to drill through the slab on 18-inch centers, rodding chemical to the depth of 48 inches with the given volume of solution (typically 1.6 gallons per 1 linear foot x 4 feet deep), then plugging the slab.

Concrete slab adjacent to a common wall –  To treat the soil beneath the slab, the applicator is required to drill through the slab on 18-inch centers, rodding chemical to the depth of 24 inches with the given volume of solution (typically 0.8 gallons per 1 linear foot x 2 feet deep), then plugging the slab.

Inaccessible areas due to an attached deck – To treat the soil beneath the deck, it is recommended that the decking be removed (if boards are parallel to the wall), then rodding chemical on 18-inch centers x 48 inches deep with the given volume of solution (typically 1.6 gallons per 1 linear foot x 4 feet deep) with NO trenching required.  When decking is running perpendicular or diagonally, it is recommended that the decking be drilled on 18-inch centers, rodding chemical to the depth of 48 inches below grade with the given volume of solution (typically 1.6 gallons per 1 linear foot x 4 feet deep), then plugging the decking.

Note: In the event that a homeowner does NOT want their decking removed or drilled, the Nebraska Deptartment of Agriculture does allow applicators the option of entering into a written agreement that both parties recognize the need for treatment, but the property owner grants permission to the applicator, or agrees in principle that the untreated area is not protected from termite invasion and therefore the treatment is NOT covered by the warranty.  If this is the case, the NDA would expect the written agreement between the property owner and the applicator to become a part of the pesticide application of record.

Interior infestation – if an infestation is associated with an expansion joint, crack, utility penetration or similar access point in the slab, t8his will be treated drilling and injecting through the slab.  Drilled holes must be spaced on 1-inch centers x 18 inches deep and must extend a minimum of 3 feet on each side of the infested site with the given volume of solution (0.4 gallons per 1 linear foot x 18 inches).  If infestation is associated with a sill plate above the foundation wall, drill mortar joints of the block and we will treat the voids 2 feet on each side of the infestation with the given volume of solution (typically 0.8 gallons per void).

TNT Termite example of treatment

As you can see, to have an effective treatment of termites, this protective treated zone must be continuous around the entire perimeter of home, no matter the obstruction.

In order to protect your home for years to come, utilize a licensed/certified applicator such as those professionals from TNT Termite Services.  For more information or to set up your termite treatment, please call TNT at 402-393-3697 in Omaha, or 402-421-3697 in Lincoln.

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