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DURR Environmental Services
Protecting Health and Property Since 1962

Greater New Orleans Area
(504) 833-5550
Formosan Termite Specialists


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will I still see pests after treatment?
A: If you see an occasional pest between your regular service visits, keep in mind that the residual action of the treatment should prevent them from establishing an infestation. If you have more than an occasional sighting, however, please call us.

Q: If it rains, will outside treatment materials wash away?
A: No. When a liquid residual product dries after application, the solvents and emulsifiers evaporate, leaving a durable residual that is affected little by rain. Granular products control pests after being moistened by rain or watering. Insect baits, however, are placed in protected areas to keep excess moisture from reducing their effectiveness.

Q: Is there anything I can do to help prevent pests in my home?
A: Our service professionals will inspect your property during your service and provide a list of recommendations for correcting conditions that contribute to pest infestations. If you would like, he or she will show you these areas, and may even suggest a course of action. For example, your firewood pile may need to be moved away from the house. There may be cracks around the windows and doors that need to be sealed. Or, you might not be aware that the screen is off your foundation vent which could let mice enter. Making recommended modifications will help prevent new infestations.

Q: We recently noticed a small mud tunnel on the dry wall side of an interior wall. After knocking it off we saw a pinhole in the dry wall. After a few days the mud tunnel was back. We have had flying ants in the past, but I am a little concerned about this tunnel. What do you think?
A: Such mud tunnels are an indication of subterranean termite activity. Because the tube was rebuilt after being broken, the termites are active. Please contact us by calling one of our phone numbers listed above.

Q: How quickly can termites infest a house? If a residence has been treated and there is no evidence remaining of termite infestation, how soon could they reappear?
A: Subterranean termites can infest a structure during its construction phase if they are present in the soil. Whether the home is occupied or not makes no difference to the termites.
Conventional soil barrier treatments to control subterranean termites do not eliminate the termite colony. They do create a barrier in the soil at potential entry points into the structure. This causes the termite colony to utilize their other available food sources such as tree roots, fallen limbs, fences, etc. Soil barriers are intended to control termites for up to five years, however they may be breached due to physical disturbance of the barrier (landscaping activities, construction, erosion, etc.). Tree roots growing through the barrier, natural degradation of the termicides and 5 year life expectancy of the termicides are all reasons that we recommended retreatments every 5 years.

Q: I live in a new home which came treated with a 5-year guarantee of termite protection. Five years is approaching and the treatment guarantee is expiring, what do I need to have done as far as preventive maintenance?
A: A soil barrier treatment to control subterranean termites does not eliminate the termite colony. It does create a barrier in the soil at potential termite entry points into the structure. The termite colony must utilize their other available food sources such as tree roots, fallen limbs, fences, etc. Soil barriers are intended to control termites for extended periods of time, however they may be breached due to physical disturbance of the barrier (landscaping activities, construction, erosion, etc.), tree roots growing through the barrier, natural degradation of the termicide, etc.: and for these reasons, most termite control treatments are available with renewable warranties. We suggest that you contact the company that performed the original pre-treatment of your home to find out if they offer an extension on the original 5-year guarantee.

Q: How long do I need to wait to install sheetrock after a mold treatment?
A: Approximately 2 weeks so your wood can dry to a moisture content of 20% or less.

 
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