How to Treat Termites in Pole Barns

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Pole barns have more wood-to-soil contact than other structures, and treating termites in pole barns begins with digging a trench outside of the foundation. Discover how to dilute Termidor, which should then be applied to the trench, with help from a... View Video Transcript

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Mark Govan

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Hi friends I'm Mark Govan here with ABC Pest Control in Largo, Florida. We have been asked the question how to treat termites in pole barns. Well you know pole barns have a lot more wood to soil contact than many of our other home structures so one of the things that we want to do is we want to locate the foundation wherever the wood meets the ground and we want to trench around the outside of the pole barn and what we do is make a trench six inches deep, six inches wide and we pull all the soil away from the pole barn. Then we use a product called Termidore. Termidore is a very very effective product especially for subterraining termites and what we'll do is we will mix this product up with water, 78 ounces in 100 gallons of water and then we apply the mixture once it has been diluted with the water and we'll apply that inside the trench all the way around the pole barn both on the inside and outside walls if possible. Once the product is in the trench then we will push back the dirt over the trench to fill in where the actual liquid was and you are good for about five to seven years. It is a very very effective treatment. However if you have dry wood termites inside the pole barn that will involve a new type of a treatment and that may include a foam application on the inside of the structure itself and that could be the same product as Termidore being used and we mix that with what we call a foaming agent. Now what that does is once we have it mixed we under pressure will push that inside the actual wall void of the structure of the pole barn itself if there happens to be a void, we can put that inside the wall itself of the barn and it will actually spread all the way out around the structure and that will kill the dry wood termites as well. Another method would be to go off in the rafters and if we find the termites are up in the rafters we can treat the individual rafters themselves with the Termidore solution so it is a very good product to use. It will help get rid of those termites for over five to ten years. So good product to use, pole barns can be safe and you won't have to worry about any structural problems after that. I'm Mark Govan with ABC Pest Control in Largo, Florida hoping you have a pest free day.