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The Old Folk's Retirement Village
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This is an L-shaped building, slab on grade, a total of 8 units, with 4 units per stroke. Construction began in 1987 and was completed in 1989. Termite pre-treatment was reportedly performed, but there are no hard-copy records to prove this.  The exterminator remains unknown today, as is the identity of the chemical used for treatment. Termite problems have been mostly to the outside, doorway entrances or added patio slabs.  

Since chlordane was still in legal use by exterminators, we treated this structure, with the assumption that the building was pre-treated with a chlorinated hydrocarbon.

Preparing for the Job

These buildings are slab on grade construction, and no heat in the slab, so it is much easier to treat than slabs with heat in the slab.

This building is about 9 years old with termites already!  All buildings should be pre treated during construction. Easier, cheaper and much more effective.

First, all holes are drilled into the concrete aprons around the buildings. On this job, this was the only concrete, so the job was (more or less) easy. It gets harder when the concrete is thicker.  Or there's more of it.

Drill all Concrete aprons
Also all entranceways

Then, each of the holes are treated with a termiticide.  Here, we are using Premise 75, [ label ]  [ MSDS ] a product manufactured by Bayer, the aspirin people, and was, at that time, our weapon of choice. It is odorless, tasteless, and much less toxic (to you and me) than was almost anything else on the market at that time. It means that we don't have to wear the fancy protective gear that we are supposed to use with most of the other termiticides. Although, safety glasses ARE in order here. Yo, Bob! Where did those glasses go?

Treat all drilled holes
Treat all drilled holes

Lastly, all the holes are patched with concrete.  And although it isn't shown, the entire perimeter was treated also, to form a chemical barrier that, in theory, termites cannot penetrate.  At least that's what the book says.  Sometimes it doesn't work out that way, more on the order of "trial and error."  You must not forget, we're dealing with Mother Nature here, and sometimes she doesn't cooperate fully.

At completion of treatment, patch all holes with concrete

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