Tips and Tricks: Train Technicians to Recognize Termite Activity


August 2, 2014

Joe Barile

Joe Barile

General pest technicians who haven’t been trained on how to recognize termite activity might be costing companies new business.

Training should include how to inspect firewood piles, scrap lumber and building materials, as well as alternative sources of cellulose that termites might  infest. It should involve checking fences, outdoor buildings (sheds, gazebos, etc.) and tree stumps. Basic training must provide instruction for physical inspection by probing, sounding and using moisture meters.

Termites are social insects, so focus control efforts on intercepting termites moving from the colony site, preventing them from free access into the structure, and exposing them to soil or bait treatment. Properly  applying termite treatment materials is critical to success. Technicians must understand application methods and basic construction techniques to protect the structure effectively. 

Joe Barile, works in Technical Services Support for Environmental Science, a division of Bayer CropScience LP.

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