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Patented Method – Arizona Exterminating

Application of ETT444® to Your Home or Commercial Building

5 Star’s owner and President, Shelby Hawkins, developed the patented process herself.  She began experimenting with above ground application of pesticides over fifteen years ago.  This was due to two major factors: her experience with the failures of traditional soil applications to control termite infestations and a concern for our environment after the horrible effects of harsh chemicals like DDT and Chlordane were fully realized.  This led to years of research and refinement of the process.  Then, in July, 2001 she was awarded a US patent for the unique process.  Shelby named it ETT444®.

 

The ETT444® process is a complete package encompassing the termites, chemistry, and construction of your home.

Step 1 Gaining Access into the Wall Voids

 

Access to wall voids is made by drilling 1/4”- 5/16” (roughly pen cap sized) holes.  In frame construction these holes are made every 4 to 8 inches apart and a few inches above the base (or sole) plate around the perimeter of the home.  This remains the same process for all interior walls that must be treated.  In brick or block construction these holes are made 3 to 5 courses high, through the mortar joints, to access the air spaces and voids.

Subterranean Termites invade your home to eat.  They enter your home, from the soil, through the exterior walls, cracks, plumbing areas, and too many other places to mention here.  We apply our ETT444® foam treatment to perimeter walls and interior entry points.  These areas become inedible and impassable to subterranean termites.  If they try to penetrate the areas of the home where we have applied the foam, they will die.  Any active termites within the home after ETT444® treatment will either be killed by attempting to move through the foam and return to their colony or by dehydration as a result of being cut off from the soil.  ETT444® treats the food of termites, sending them elsewhere.

 

Drywood termites enter into wood members of a structure and begin a colony.  They do live in the wood and do not have any connection to the soil.  Because of this, 5 Star must apply ETT444®to the infested wood members.  This is accomplished in two ways. First, topically applying ETT444® allows the termiticides to penetrate the infested wood from the inside out.  Secondly, 5 Star drills into the infested wood to access the channels and galleries where the termites live and eat.  This contaminates the wood from the inside out.

Step 2 Applying ETT444® to Wall Voids

 

After gaining access to the wall voids, we will begin applying the ETT444® treatment material. In frame construction this material will range from a loose to stiff or heavy foam (much like shaving cream). The material expands within the wall void, moving through insulation. The foam will break down slowly into a liquid, gently absorbing into and contaminating all wood and edible building materials. Again, the same process will be used on all interior wall voids that require treatment. In brick and block ETT444® will be applied as a liquid. It will trickle down through cracks and coat the interior of brick and block voids, denying termites entry.

Subterranean Termites invade your home to eat.  They enter your home, from the soil, through the exterior walls, cracks, plumbing areas, and too many other places to mention here.  We apply our ETT444® foam treatment to perimeter walls and interior entry points.  These areas become inedible and impassable to subterranean termites.  If they try to penetrate the areas of the home where we have applied the foam, they will die.  Any active termites within the home after ETT444® treatment will either be killed by attempting to move through the foam and return to their colony or by dehydration as a result of being cut off from the soil.  ETT444® treats the food of termites, sending them elsewhere.

 

Drywood termites enter into wood members of a structure and begin a colony.  They do live in the wood and do not have any connection to the soil.  Because of this, 5 Star must apply ETT444®to the infested wood members.  This is accomplished in two ways. First, topically applying ETT444® allows the termiticides to penetrate the infested wood from the inside out.  Secondly, 5 Star drills into the infested wood to access the channels and galleries where the termites live and eat.  This contaminates the wood from the inside out.

Step 3 Patching Drilled Holes and Clean-up.

 

Our technicians will patch all holes drilled to gain access to wall voids. We use a variety of materials for patchwork because of the variety of exteriors we treat. We have pre and dry mix stucco, premixed concrete, and many colors of wood putty to match the exterior texture of your home. If paint is provided at the time of service, we can paint over the holes or even mix paint with our patching materials. On the interior walls, we use a light weight spackling compound to fill holes made in sheet rock. The technicians will also sweep all areas where dust has occurred due to our drilling.

Subterranean Termites invade your home to eat.  They enter your home, from the soil, through the exterior walls, cracks, plumbing areas, and too many other places to mention here.  We apply our ETT444® foam treatment to perimeter walls and interior entry points.  These areas become inedible and impassable to subterranean termites.  If they try to penetrate the areas of the home where we have applied the foam, they will die.  Any active termites within the home after ETT444® treatment will either be killed by attempting to move through the foam and return to their colony or by dehydration as a result of being cut off from the soil.  ETT444® treats the food of termites, sending them elsewhere.

 

Drywood termites enter into wood members of a structure and begin a colony.  They do live in the wood and do not have any connection to the soil.  Because of this, 5 Star must apply ETT444®to the infested wood members.  This is accomplished in two ways. First, topically applying ETT444® allows the termiticides to penetrate the infested wood from the inside out.  Secondly, 5 Star drills into the infested wood to access the channels and galleries where the termites live and eat.  This contaminates the wood from the inside out.

In Regards to Structures with Accessible Sub-Floor Crawl Spaces

 

The ETT444® treatment can be applied to sub-floor structural wood members. It can also be applied to and around all support piers and the perimeter footing or skirting.

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