Do you offer your clients protection from termites and other wood destroying
insects? Have you looked at the IRB Code?
Perfection Pest Control offers 5 year pest control service agreements on pretreats. We also
offer damage warranties on certain treatments.
Home remodelers building an addition to a structure or simply remodeling a home
should be aware of the need for termite treatments. Do you know without a doubt
what caused that damage? If not call us for a pest inspection and protect your clients
In recent years, there have been many changes relating to the performance of a
soil pretreatment for termites. Generally, these changes apply to the type of
product that can be used, the method used to apply products and the amount of
regulation. The quality of the work has also been affected by the locations
where the homes are being built.
As the population grows in Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati Areas, more and more homes are being
built on previously wooded land or farmland. The amounts of subterranean termite
colonies in these areas are much higher and opportunities to attract infestations
What is a subterranean termite pretreatment?
It is a preventive chemical treatment to a structure to control invading subterranean
termites. This treatment can only be made by a licensed pest control operator.
The chemical is applied in a manner consistent with the termiticide label, rules and
regulations of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture Division of Pesticides and the
United States Department of Agriculture Bulletin 64.
In addition to a soil treatment, wood treatment is approved for termite pretreats.
This type of treatment is applied to selected wood members of the structure. See our
wood treatment section for additional information.
Wood Treatment Information
How do I determine if my home requires a pretreatment?
The Federal Housing Administration (FHA), Veterans Administration Department of Housing
and Urban Development (VA HUD) and the laws in many communities of Kentucky require
that any building built as a single-family residence or duplex, or which could be sold
with FHA or VA HUD warranted financing, have a soil pretreatment. The pretreatment is
warranted for five years.
Do pretreatments prevent a subterranean termite infestation?
Generally speaking, this procedure is more than adequate to last during the warranty
period. However, a combination of events occurring during and after the pretreatment
can cause problems.
If I have subterranean termites, does that mean the job was not
No. The warranty issued and required is a pest retreatment warranty. Pretreatment work is not
an exact science. The factors affecting pretreatments are the application equipment and
types; soil types; soil moisture content; and the disturbance of the treated barrier.
Homeowners making cosmetic changes can disturb and destroy the treated barrier.
What can I do to help prevent subterranean termites infesting my home?
Any improvement or repairs you make to your home that require breaking or cutting into
the concrete slab, or which require changing or digging in the soil that touches the
outside foundation of your home, needs to be reported to and retreated by the pest control
operator who originally treated and guaranteed your home to maintain the integrity of your
If you add any concrete for patios, room additions, garages or carports, or make any other
alterations to your home, these need to be treated. Failure to do so could void your original
five-year pretreatment warranty.
Landscaping should be installed without disturbing the treatment and not contributing to a
future infestation. Consult with your provider for more information. Irrigation should be
installed outside the plant line. Avoid installing fence posts, trellises, or any other wooden
decor that touches both the ground and the structure. Do not change the grade level of soil
outside the foundation to create drainage toward the house.
Who is responsible for termite damage to my home?
The pest control operator is responsible for retreatment during the applicable warranty
period. The FHA/VA warranty states that the builder agrees to repair all construction
damage within the one-year builder's warranty period. The homeowner generally is responsible
for repair of termite damage after the builder's warranty has expired.
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