Termite jobs: Follow these guidelines for success


May 24, 2017

Andy Linares, President, Bug Off Pest Control Center

Andy Linares, President, Bug Off Pest Control Center

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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