How Many EntomoBiotic™ Termite Interceptor, Annunciator, & Inoculator (TIAI) Devices Should be Installed around a Residential Home or Business?
The answer to these questions is easy: IT DEPENDS... on the answers you give to a few other questions. For example: How large is the structure? Has the structure had a termite infestation in the past, or are termites infesting the structure now? Are termites known to exist in the grounds around the structure?
Often, as few as six EntomoBiotic™ Termite Interceptor, Annunciator, & Inoculator (TIAI) devices will do just fine. For the average sized home, with no known termite infestations in the home or in the grounds around it, six should be adequate. For small homes, even those with known termite infestations in the home six should still be enough. Larger homes, or average homes with known termite infestations typically require additional devices.
In general, I recommend placing Termite Interceptors at four specific places around homes and businesses:
1. Everywhere Termites may be Munching the Landscape. Active termite infestations are often found in live or dead landscape plants, such as trees, shrubs, and grapevines. Termites also attack wooden objects stuck in the soil or resting directly on the ground, such as fence posts, mailbox posts, woodpiles, wooden doghouses, and rose trellises.
Except for such termite damage our living trees and shrubs would be much healthier. We often ignore the dangers that termites pose to our trees and shrubs, forgetting that the value of our home is tied not only to the home itself but also to the landscaping around that home. A 100 year old tree is irreplaceable. What about newly planted trees and shrubs, which are even more vulnerable to termite damage due to transplant stressors? If we take steps to reduce the termites in our landscaping, our trees--both old and new--and our wooden fences and other wooden yard fixtures will last many years longer, giving us much pleasure and enjoyment, while contributing to the value of our investment.
--We usually take termite damage in our landscape for granted, but that mistake affects more than the value the landscape adds to our home. In fact, the enormous cost of termite damage to our landscaping is often only the beginning. Active termite infestations in our yards start out small, but keep developing into much larger termite colonies. Yard infestations are the primary sources of termites that ultimately attack our homes. By going after the termites that are munching on our landscape, we also protect our homes.
--Active termite infestations in landscaped areas may be intercepted and inoculated by placing EntomoBiotic™ Termite Interceptor, Annunciator, & Inoculator (TIAI) devices in moist, shaded landscaping where termites will find them, and inoculating them with biological agents once termite interception occurs. Mulched landscaping around a home's foundation is an excellent place, but so are mulched islands around living trees and shrubs some distance from the home. Mulched strips along a privacy fence are good places, as well.
As soon as termites have incorporated a particular EntomoBiotic™ Termite Interceptor, Annunciator, & Inoculator (TIAI) device into their food channel, termite-killing agents are inoculated into that interceptor to begin the process of nullifying the termite colony's ability to infest and damage manufactured structures and living botanicals like trees and shrubs. It's a good idea to add another EntomoBiotic™ Termite Interceptor, Annunciator, & Inoculator (TIAI) device nearby, to help monitor for additional termite activity. When the added interceptor signals more termites later, that's good news. It tells that termites are still feeding in that area and that more biological agents can be added to continue the termite colony nullification process. Over time, placing and servicing interceptors in the landscape around a home or business will nullify all the termite colonies at that site. Trees, shrubs, and vines will start to perk up, privacy fences will last years longer, and the risk of termite damage to the home will diminish to practically zero.
2. At Every Active Structural Termite Infestation. The photo at the top of this page shows an active termite shelter tube (that termites use to get from the soil into houses). Most homeowners would not have noticed it, so learning how to spot these features is very important. One or more EntomoBiotic™ Termite Interceptor, Annunciator, & Inoculator (TIAI) devices should be placed wherever a termite shelter tube is found.
3. Everywhere There is Evidence of Past Termite Activity. If termites have been eating at a particular place in the past, but aren't there now, they are likely to return. Maybe soon.
4. Wherever Conditions Make Termite Infestations Likely, more difficult to inspect for, or more difficult to treat. Many common conditions are known to make termite attacks all but inevitable or make it hard to tell if they are present or not.
--Many of those conditions are fixable, and homeowners can fix many of them (like places where too much soil is up against the foundation and needs to be moved). Other conditions, like water leaks or damaged flashing, may require the services of a plumber or roofer. Once particular conditions are fixed, the risk of termite attack at those locations will drop.
--Some "conducive conditions" are too costly to fix, or just aren't fixable. In such places, additional EntomoBiotic™ Termite Interceptor, Annunciator, & Inoculator (TIAI) device should be installed to make sure any termites that are foraging nearby are intercepted as soon as possible.
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