The key to success in any termite job is to follow these principles:
- Choose appropriate products and follow label directions to the letter.
- Keep up-to-date with your state regulations.
- Follow personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements.
- Carry a spill kit, and have a first-aid kit on hand.
- Use the right equipment, and always invest in the highest quality tools you can afford.
- Don’t forget your tool-repair kits, extension cords, cleanup materials and a drill interrupter.
- Maintain the correct pressure when performing subsoil applications.
- Calibrate your equipment so you maintain the proper flow rate.
- Treat all access points, and space your drill holes properly so you ensure an uninterrupted barrier.
- Incorporate foaming in your program.
- Use as many treatment options as practical, such as subsoil, direct wood and gallery treatments, void applications, and baiting systems, among others.
Finally, I can’t stress enough how important it is to graph out the property. The graph is useful for developing a treatment strategy, calculating how much material you need, plotting out treatment options, noting conducive conditions and signaling corrective actions to be taken. Along with photographic/video archives, it should become part of the permanent record, as it helps to identify changes to the property in the future and also helps limit liability.
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