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Soil Poisoning: A Comprehensive Guide
Soil poisoning, also known as subterranean termite control, is an essential step in the construction process. It’s a critical component that protects structures from destructive subterranean termites and other pests. In this guide, we’ll explore the importance of soil poisoning and why Pest Managers is the best for the job in Cape Town and the Western Cape.
Why Choose Pest Managers for Soil Poisoning Services
Pest Managers is a leading provider of soil poisoning services in Cape Town and the Western Cape. We have a highly skilled and experienced team that adheres to the highest safety standards. Our services are SANS 5859 compliant, and we’re registered with the Department of Agriculture. Moreover, we offer competitive pricing and a guaranteed service, making us the top choice for soil poisoning services.
Table of Contents
- What is Soil Poisoning?
- Importance of Soil Poisoning
- The Soil Poisoning Process
- Steps in Pre-Construction Soil Poisoning
- Risks of Improper Soil Poisoning
- Benefits of Pre-Construction Termite Treatment
- Guarantees and Certifications
- Our Pre-Construction Soil Poisoning Service
- Pre-Construction and Post-Construction Soil Poisoning
- Contact Pest Managers for Soil Poisoning in Cape Town
1. What is Soil Poisoning?
Soil poisoning, also known as soil treatment or soil sterilization, is a process where the soil is treated with chemicals to kill and control subterranean pests, particularly termites, that might pose a threat to structures built on the soil. This technique is commonly used in both residential and commercial construction projects prior to the laying of the foundation or paving.
2. Importance of Soil Poisoning
Soil poisoning plays a crucial role in safeguarding a building’s foundation from pests, particularly subterranean termites. These pests are capable of causing significant damage to the structure, compromising its stability and safety. They can chew through wooden structures, causing them to collapse eventually. Therefore, soil poisoning is a vital step in the construction process and should not be overlooked.
3. The Soil Poisoning Process
The soil poisoning process involves the drilling of holes around the perimeter of the foundations at intervals of one meter. After that, termiticides are pumped into the soil to saturate the ground thoroughly. This procedure creates a chemical barrier that destroys termites and prevents their future infestation.
4. Steps in Pre-Construction Soil Poisoning
Pre-Construction Soil Poisoning involves several key steps:
Treating the Foundation: The construction phase’s initial step involves treating the building’s foundation with specially formulated anti-termite solutions or termiticides. Termites usually infiltrate a building through cracks in the foundation, making this treatment necessary.
Soil Treatment: The soil surrounding the foundation is treated with a liquid termiticide to form a chemical barrier. This barrier prevents termites from approaching the building’s foundation, securing it from termite attacks and potential future infestations.
Treating Plinth Walls: After the construction of the plinth and adjacent walls, liquid termiticide is injected into these areas, providing a seamless barrier against pest invasion.
Treatment Around Plumbing Systems: The final stage involves treating the soil around water and drain pipes and other utility lines with a specific termiticide.
5. Risks of Improper Soil Poisoning
Incorrect or inadequate soil poisoning can result in severe consequences. For instance, many building contractors who attempt to conduct soil poisoning themselves might use banned chemicals that are incredibly toxic. Such substances can cause serious health problems like cancer, leukemia, neurological disorders, and chronic respiratory issues. Therefore, it’s critical to entrust this task to a registered pest control service to avoid any health risks.
6. Benefits of Pre-Construction Termite Treatment
While the initial cost of pre-construction termite treatment might seem high, its long-term benefits significantly outweigh the expenses:
- The comprehensive pre-construction termite protection creates a barrier that termites cannot penetrate, reducing the likelihood of termite attacks.
- You can save a considerable amount of money in the long term as regular post-construction treatments become unnecessary.
- Enjoy the peace of mind knowing your home is safe from termite attacks.
- Pre-construction termite treatments also increase the resale value of your property.
7. Guarantees and Certifications
A registered company will provide you with a certificate that guarantees the poisoning of your soil for a specific period, usually five years. After this period, it’s advisable to conduct the process again to prevent your home from falling prey to these destructive pests. Beware of service providers who offer guarantees for more than five years. They might be using banned substances or dangerously high levels of approved termiticides.
8. Our Pre-Construction Soil Poisoning Service
We provide comprehensive Pre-Construction Soil Poisoning services in Cape Town. Our team of experts employs the latest techniques and equipment to protect your property from future termite damage. Our service ensures a seamless termite barrier, giving you peace of mind.
9. Pre-Construction and Post-Construction Soil Poisoning
Soil poisoning can be done both before and after construction. Pre-construction soil poisoning is a preventative measure taken before construction begins, while post-construction soil poisoning is done after a structure has been built, usually due to overlooked pre-construction treatment or new infestations.
10. Geographical Consideration for Soil Poisoning
The geographical location significantly impacts the presence of subterranean termites. For instance, the tropical climate of Kwa-Zulu Natal is particularly appealing for these creatures. However, they can be found in unlikely areas as well. Hence, it’s advised to have your property assessed by a reputable pest control company regardless of its location.
11. Contact Us
For more information about our Pre-Construction Soil Poisoning services in Cape Town, contact us at 021 012 5589. Our team will gladly guide you through the process and ensure your new construction is termite-free.
“Don’t let termites turn your dream home into a nightmare. Protect your property with Pre-Construction Soil Poisoning.”