Snell Scientifics offer a wide spectrum of pest control product testing including termiticides. The lab work provides direct and residual kill tests with various methods and techniques of wood exposed to worker termites. Additional soil treatment and testing is applied for statistics and overall efficiency. Below is the different termiticides from baiting, to wood treatment, to chemical testing that we put products through.
Termite Bait Station Testing
Termite baiting is designed to kill the termite workers in the colony. The colony is starved of food and goes into a suppression phase, or what is known as “decline” once the worker termites are eliminated. Incapable of feeding themselves, the queens, soldiers, and reproducers will perish having starved to death without the workers being alive to feed them.
Wood Treatment Testing
Direct wood treatment is a product designed to control termites. This application has been proven very effective against both subterranean termites as well as drywood termites. Subterranean termites, the colonies are large and spread out; sometimes the subterranean termite colonies occupy parts of a house, or multiple houses plus soil areas. Products applied direct wood treatment to the wood is supposed to protect and preserve the wood and control the termites and prevent future outbreaks. Drywood colonies are smaller and more compact often making a Direct Wood Treatment more effective on Drywood termites. Wood treatments can be applied to control drywood termites as well as to further protect the wood from future infestations following a comprehensive inspection of all infected wood areas.
Termite Treatment Chemical Testing
Easily detected and exploited by the termites to gain entry into the building are the smallest of gaps in the treated soil. This is where chemical termiticides come into use. A liquid pesticide, known as a termiticide, applied to the soil was a traditional method in controlling subterranean termites for years. A chemical barrier around and beneath the structure designed to block all possible routes of termite entry is reliant the chemical treatment. There are challenges when it comes to forming a highly efficient barrier; such as floor coverings, behind walls, and other obstructions. Not only is it a challenge for many chemical pesticides to establish a barrier, but for it to uniformly saturate thorough coverage also difficult. Beneath concrete slabs, the ground along the foundation, and within foundation walls is hundreds of gallons of solution injected to create the barrier. Many chemical termicide termite treatments have failed to correct termite problems because termites are capable of tunneling through small untreated gaps in the soil as thin as a pencil lead. Many of the previous attempts of engineering an effective chemical prove to be unstable in the soil, where others were very stable in the soil and the residual effect lasted longer, however these early termicides were found to be unsafe for the environment. Modernly speaking, many chemicals are being manufactured that are fairly effective and have certain advantages and disadvantages.
Termite Product Testing
As new chemicals, bait traps, and direct wood treatments are being designed, we at Snell Scientifics run these products through detailed testing and studies to provide our clients with factual statistics as we out your product to the test. Contact us to learn more.