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Termite Treatment for windows- Precautions and tips to remember

Initial Inspection Report

Initial inspection requires a complete thorough inspection of the buildings including wooden doors and windows and surrounds, and a detailed written report on areas inspected, evidence found of termite activity, high-risk termite entry areas inaccessible to inspection and termite control options and limitations thereto. The presence sign of termites is through tale tubes.

Termites travel in these tubes and are supposed to eat away wood that leads to great loss. Wooden doors and windows should be tapped to check hollow sound, which indicates termite attack. Use termite detector to check the presence of termite. After detecting the termite presence, treatment of woodwork may be done so that door and windows is termite free. Anti termite chemical treatment called “Post construction chemical treatment” should be done. After taking all safety measures, if the presence of termites is suspected in the building, anti termite chemical treatment called “Post construction chemical treatment” should be done.

Once termites enter the building, they keep on multiplying, destroying wooden, and cellulose materials. The following tips should be kept in mind during chemical treatment.

  • Make holes along outside foundation and fill them with chemicals to provide barrier around the house or building 
  • Treat the junction of floors and walls by drilling holes and filling them with chemicals.
  • Also, treat the voids in masonry with anti termite treatment. 
  • Apply chemicals on all points of contact of woodwork with either ground or any part of structure.
  • Replace woodwork, which is damaged beyond the limit of repair.
  • All traces of termite tubes shall be removed so that any fresh infestation that may occur at the later may be easily detected. 
  • The new tubes of termites are moist; the old ones are dry and break The Tubes must be scratched out with knife to destroy termites.
  • Seal nail holes and cracks in exposed wooden doors to prevent easy access by dry wood termites.
  • Dry wood termites are treated usually by removing infested wood.

Spraying Method: 

  • Spray chemicals like insecticides, pesticides, to facilitate proper penetration of chemicals into the surface of the door to be treated, hand operated pressure pumps should be used. Chemicals should be mixed with water. 
  • Spraying chemicals provides only surface protection and does not penetrate the center of the wood, where it is most needed.

Drilling method:

  • Try to inject chemicals (insecticides, pesticides) by drilling holes of 6mm in diameter at a downward angle of 45 degrees at the joint of door and masonry (wall, floor etc.).
  • The treated holes should then be sealed.
  • In extreme cases, the infested door can be painted with one to two coats of chemicals.
  • If there is more, damage, remove the particular wooden door and fix the new one.
     

Things to remember: 

  • Termite treatment is best if left in the hands of a professional. 
  • It is better to treat the termites within foundation as they start growing from foundation itself.
  • Eliminate moisture problems in and around the home
  • Use net panels on all the doors.
  • Pressure-treated wood provides effective termite control if it is used for all wooden constructions.
  • Remove possible food sources from around the house (dead remains, firewood
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