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Written by Tim Denner
on April 02, 2019

The potential for termite damage is not isolated to residential homes. Termites can infest and damage properties of all types. If you own an office building, retail store, warehouse, barn or any other type of physical structure then it is at risk for termites. The big picture plan is the same whether you get termites in a house or an entire office building-deal with them as quickly as possible. But, there are some slight differences in how you will handle some of the details when there are tenants and possibly extra regulations involved. If one of your properties has termites you need to get in touch with a local termite professional, decide on a treatment plan, make the necessary preparations for treatment, and protect it from future damage.

Get in touch with a local termite professional

There is no time to waste when one of your properties becomes infested with termites. These pests can do major damage that can lead to costly repairs. Trying to find a way to deal with a termite problem on your own is simply going to prolong the amount of time they have to eat away at your property. Treating for termites is something that requires specific knowledge and specialized tools. A local termite professional will have everything necessary to inspect your property, provide you with treatment options, and apply that treatment.

Decide on a treatment plan

The treatment options for eradicating termites include liquid pesticide (termiticide), bait, and structural fumigation. There are also ‘green’ options-such as orange oil, borates, and tree bark derivatives-that are more environmentally friendly than some of the other options. The type of property you own and what is housed in it may impact the type of treatment you need and/or want. You can talk over your preferences and needs with your termite professional.

Make the necessary preparations

Some types of termite treatment require little to no preparation from you, the property owner, or from your tenants. But, serious termite issues may require a more disruptive type of intervention. Structural fumigation is a process for treating major termite infestations. This process requires that all living things be out of the structure for several days. In addition, certain items such as food have to be protected during the process. If you have a property that needs this level of intervention you will have to make the necessary preparations. This may involve moving your tenants out to another location during the treatment period.

Protect your property from future damage

A key element of dealing with a termite infestation in your property is to protect it from acquiring another infestation in the future. You can do this by setting up regularly scheduled termite inspections of your property. The frequency of the inspections is dependent on a number of factors so you will need to discuss the details of your situation with a local termite expert.

Act quickly if you discover that one of your properties has a termite infestation. The termite professional you hire to help you will need time to do the inspection, write the report, and develop a treatment plan. The sooner you get the ball rolling on this process the quicker you and your tenants can get back to business as usual without the interference of termites.

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