When you’re building a new home, it can be exciting to visit the site to check on the construction progress. One of the things you may notice is that the 2 x 4 lumber used at the base of the frame may be green or some other color. The reason why it’s green is because of the termite pretreat chemicals. New construction termite pretreat is the best way to protect your new home from being damaged by termites. If you are building a home, you should discuss with your builder whether the lumber used in the building and the construction site has termite pretreat.

Identifying and detecting termites

The main three types of termites in the United States are the subterranean, dampwood, and drywood termites. The most common seen and most destructive termites are the subterranean termites.

Drywood termites and other wood-boring insects, push wood particles or pellets into a heap on the outside. This debris mixed with sand forms a plaster.

Subterranean termites are found in the soil. They construct tunnels following the grain of the wood, attacking only the soft springwood. Any type of wood or lumber on the ground is in danger of termite damage. Subterranean termites attack buildings by connecting their nest to the part of the home that is made of wood. If the wood does not touch the soil, subterranean termites will build mud tunnels to reach the wood. The tunnels can be 50 or 60 feet long. Even if the wood is several feet above the ground, the termites can still reach it. They enter the building through the joints in the concrete slabs or the utilities entry points. Termites may also have aerial nests if all castes of the colony and moisture is present.

Termites can be difficult to detect until they’ve already caused a lot of damage. Most of the time, the only evidence of the presence of termites is their winged reproductive, mud tunnels or damaged wood.

Because different types of treatments are required to treat subterranean and drywood termites, the correct type of termites must be identified.

Termites and new construction projects

Although new lumber and other materials is used in the building of a new home, it’s still susceptible to termite damage. New construction termite pretreat begins during the initial building phase. The first step is to treat the soil with a good termiticide before the foundation is poured. Although new construction pretreat is not required, it’s highly recommended. New construction termite pretreat can save homeowners thousands of dollars.

Termite prevention and control

To provide the best protection to make sure your new home is free from termites, termite pretreat steps should be taken. The soil must be treated with insecticides before the slab is poured. This creates a chemical barrier so that the termites will not approach the building site.

Protecting the site from termites

The best way to protect your new home from termite damage is with termite pretreat during the planning and construction of the building.

Beginning with the site preparation, the entire construction site should have a termite pretreat prior to the pouring of the slab.

Any type of wood should be removed from the site. This includes tree stumps, roots, all lumber, and any other type of wood product.

None of the form boards or grade stakes should be left on the site.

Any wood coming in contact with the soil, such as lumber used for fence posts, poles, and other foundation structures, should have termite pretreat, and should not be attached to a structure.

Before the foundation is poured, the bottom and sides of the excavated area should be treated with a chemical insecticide.

Make holes in the ground where slabs on grade will be built and inject them with the insecticide.

Protecting the new construction from termites

Treat the perimeter of the building by making holes and filling them with chemicals.

Pour chemical products into the pipe beddings to secure the future of the piping.

Make sure the building woodwork does not make contact with the soil or fill dirt. The exterior woodwork should be at least six inches above the ground. Leave enough space for future inspections by making sure the beams in the crawl spaces are at least 18 inches above the ground.

The foundation should be vented to maintain air pockets, making sure there is an exchange of air at least 2 square feet, running 25 feet along the outside foundation wall. This will help keep the ground dry, so termites don’t nest.

The insecticide should also be put in places where the walls and floors meet.

Any areas where there will be doors, cabinets, and other hardware made of wood should be treated.

Do not put any flowers, plants, or shrubbery within two feet of the foundation wall.
Risks involved in not treating for termites

Termites cause homeowners thousands of dollars’ worth of damage each year. Because the damage caused by subterranean termites occurs on the inside of the building, normally, it’s not detected before causing extensive damage. If termite damage exists, the wood will be hollow in the areas damaged by the termites. Tapping on the wood with a screwdriver or similar object will expose the termite damage. Termite pretreat is the best way to prevent or reduce termite damage.


If preventative measures were not taken during the pre-construction phase, it can be done post-construction.

You should begin with an inspection of the building to determine whether there is any current damage. If termite damage is present, determine the extent of the damage. Then, locate the termites, find out how they are gaining access to the building, and determine how far they have traveled into the building. Treat the wood and any lumber for termites as you would during the pre-construction termite pretreat phase.

After the home is built, it should be inspected every year to determine whether there are any signs of termites or termite damage.

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