To get through the deck, the concrete pad, and the stoop, I had to employ a three-foot drill bit to make some so that I could make some small holes through which I could then inject the product into the soil.
I also needed to use a soil needle to treat these holes. The termiticide is non-repellent, meaning that the termites don't try to avoid it. Instead, they carry it back to the nest, soon killing the entire colony. The termiticide also maintains its efficacy for a long time, so the home has an underground protective barrier against termites in the treated areas that lasts for years. Termite damage is slow and progressive, and other than a termite swarm, evidence of termite activity is often subtle. It is worthwhile to protect your home investment periodically inspected by a termite professional, especially if you have had termite problems in the past.
The termite damage to this home was to a deck with an old stoop that that ran along the entire back wall. The deck was built on a concrete pad. In order to eliminate the termite nest, the pest control technician must be able to access the soil where the nest is located. So, here, I had to do some preparatory work so that I could successfully apply the termiticide treatment underneath all of the concrete abutting the house.
Today, I was sent to Trenton, NJ to treat a challenging termite infestation. Termites are subterranean insects that form underground nests. They feed on anything containing cellulose, which includes wood, processed wood products, cardboard, and many other materials found in a home. These armies of insects invade in silence, creating a series of tunnels in wood as they chew through it. One individual termite does little damage, but with the thousands of worker termites in mature colonies, they can do significant damage. Because termites eat wood from the inside out, the surface of the wood looks fine. But it’s all a facade! The wood easily crumbles if prodded with a screwdriver or other tool. In severe cases, we’ve seen hollowed-out building materials collapse from their own weight. Termites cause far more property damage than any other insect. They are one of the few insects that, if left alone over a period of years, can completely destroy a home. While there are many wood-destroying insects, few actually consume and digest wood as do termites. Most other insects that destroy wood do not eat the wood. Rather, they bore holes into the wood to lay their eggs. Two common wood-borers that we treat for homeowners are carpenter ants and carpenter bees.