Pest control or Anti termite treatment

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What is Pest Control or Anti-Termite Treatment?

Anti-Termite Treatment is a chemical treatment that is applied to the ground, brickwork, wood, and electrical furniture to create a protective barrier against subterranean termites. In some regions, anti-termite treatment is referred to as pest control.

Which Chemical is used in the preparation of Anti Termite Treatment?

Chlorpyrifos is the most commonly used chemical for termite treatment. It is also known as Chlorpyrifos ethyl and is used on crops, animals, and buildings, among other things. When applied, it affects the nervous system of the pests.

Types of Anti-Termite Treatment

Anti-Termite Treatment can be done either before or after construction.

Pre-Construction Anti-Termite Treatment

This method involves applying the treatment before the construction of the building or structure. The following steps are taken:

1. ATT is applied up to the base and sides of the pit in the excavation pit made for the foundation. The height on the sides needs to be 30cm.

2. The earth's surface is cleaned of any debris or garbage particles such as wooden pieces before flooring.

3. The entire floor is levelled to the required slope or elevation.

4. Holes of 30cm depth at an interval of 15cm are made on the floor.

5. An emulsion of the correct concentration, as per the manufacturer, is made by adding the required amount of water.

6. The mix is poured into the holes and allowed to soak in. In case of need, it can also be sprayed using pressurized pumps to the required area.

Benefits of Pre-Construction Anti-termite Treatment

1. It is less expensive than post-construction ATT since there will be very little labour involved.

2. Obstacles such as walls will not be there, hence fewer obstacles in the case of Pre-Construction ATT.

3. It eliminates the risk of termites already reaching the foundation or wooden elements of the building, which may happen if termite treatment begins after building completion.

Post-Construction Anti-Termite Treatment

Post-construction treatment is usually performed after the infection reaches the superstructure or termites start damaging the building and its wooden elements. In some cases, external ATT works are carried out after building completion. The following steps are taken:

1. Proper inspection of the building is necessary to identify where the termites came from, their way in, and where they are hiding.

2. The debris that harbours termites, such as trees, stumps, logs, roots, etc., is removed during site preparation.

How to Apply ATT in Post-Construction ATT Treatment

Before applying ATT, we need to identify where termites may reach the building, such as:

1. Junction of the floor and wall due to the shrinkage of the concrete.

2. Cracks on the floor due to construction defects.

3. Construction and expansion joints in a concrete floor.

The soil in contact with the external wall needs to be treated with the ATT chemical emulsion at regular intervals with a depth of 300mm. Chemical treatment needs to be done wherever cracks are seen on the floors. This is done by drilling 12mm diameter holes in the walls or floors wherever cracks appear at an interval of 300mm to reach the soil below.

Treatment of the woods needs to be at the places where the woods make contact with the masonry works by drilling 6mm diameter holes at an angle of 45 degrees to the masonry and wood junction. The electrical fixtures, such as the electrical boxes in the walls, need to be treated by removing the outer covering and treating the inner parts with 5% Malathion dusting powder.

Advantages of ATT

1. Protects the structure from pests such as termites and rodents.

2. Liquid ATT methods are less expensive than other methods.

3. Liquid ATT eliminates the chances of crack formation compared to other methods.

Disadvantages of ATT

1. Improper handling of the ATT chemical may lead to the contamination of water bodies near the construction site.

2. If some area is left out without proper ATT, it may lead to future attacks by termites or pests in the building.

3. Due to the drilling of holes in the members of the building, there may be chances of weakening the structure.

Pre-construction Anti Termite Treatment is the first line of defence that needs to be done properly to prevent termites or other pests from affecting your home.


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