There was no doubt with this aggressive treatment that this termite infestation would be eradicated. This termite infestation had gone on long enough, and I wanted to make sure that all bases were covered, so I drilled and treated the hollow cinder blocks on each side of the stoop. With this full-court press, the life expectancy of this termite colony would be dramatically shortened. The homeowner will now have to deal with some termite repairs to fix the damage, but the all-important first step was completed - getting rid of this troublesome infestation! The homeowner was grateful for my persistence, and I was pleased that this termite job went so we
Termite damage on the floors in Trenton, New Jersey.
More termite damage to the home in Trenton.
I started by treating the wood members in the basement and directly under the hardwood flooring with a foam termiticide.
I was extremely concerned as to why the initial treatment was not reaching the soil under the stoop. After reopening the previously drilled holes, I found the problem. The drill bit had hit a pour of concrete under the stoop and never made it to the underlying soil that was harboring the termites. With this construction, a standard 18-inch drill bit was not long enough to reach the soil. This was a job that required some heavy artillery! I replaced the drill bit with my "monster" three-foot bit and drilled a second line of holes and I knew with the tip of dirt at the end of the bit that reached the soil. (See photos of three-foot drill bit to get through the thick concrete under front stoop as well as the drilled holes through front stoop.
Now that I had access to the ground below, I then treated the soil using a treatment rod that would saturate the soil far below the stoop.
A frustrated homeowner in Trenton was having a challenging termite problem, and I was dispatched to resolve the infestation. Upon arrival, I inspected the damaged hardwood flooring by the front door and observed an active termite infestation. Since these insects are subterranean and infest structures moving upward from the soil, I immediately inspected the basement below the damaged flooring. Just as I expected there was an active termite infestation in the sill plate, header board, sub-flooring and joists.
The sill plate id the set of boards that sit on top of the foundation and is anchor bolted to the foundation wall. It is the structural base for the floor joist frame. These wooden building materials are close to the ground, often just inches away. Unfortunately, this is a common trouble spot for wood rot from water intrusions as well as insect infestations, including dreaded termites. There is no insect that can cause more property damage to a home than a colony of these wood-devouring pests
The house had been treated before by another pest control service. I saw, and the homeowner confirmed, that the stoop outside the front door had been drilled so that the termiticide could be injected into the soil underneath. Based on the active infestation, it was clear that the liquid termiticide was not reaching the termites in the soil underneath the stoop. I would need to develop a more aggressive treatment plan in order to reach the soil and kill this termite colony for good.