The traditional treatment methods for subterranean termites involve treating the soil under and around your home. These attempts at control are performed under names like “Down-drilling, Angle-drilling, and Trenching.” The goal, with these methods, is to create a barrier in the soil to stop/prevent termite infestation in the structure.
The first problem with these long-standing practices is the tools of the industry have changed dramatically in the last 25 years. The chemicals used 25 years ago have not existed since then, having been pulled off the market due to toxicity to the environment and people. Since this occurred, the effectiveness of soil applications have decreased every time another highly toxic chemical was pulled off the market. Today, the pest control industry is heavily regulated as to what can be used to control pests. The industry’s traditionalists have not evolved with the tools given to them by the EPA. The effective period of time for chemicals in soil varies, but is around 5 years according to most manufacturers’ literature. In our experience that effective time is much less, 6 months to 2 years. This is great for the environment, but cripples the longevity and effectiveness of soil applications.
The second problem lies with the chemicals being applied under and around your home. From the second they are pumped in to the ground, they are losing their effectiveness. Everything disturbs or breaks down these chemicals in the soil. Micro-organisms in the soil that break down plant matter, breakdown these chemicals. Inclement weather like heavy winds and rain move and wash away the chemical barrier. The extreme heat and constant beating from the desert sun breaks down the chemicals. You as a property owner will inevitably disturb the barrier by digging holes and/or trenches for planting plants and running irrigation or wiring around your home and not even know it.
The third problem rests again with the chemicals, in general. You do not want to have repeated exposures to chemicals if you don’t have to. With a barrier of chemicals encircling your home, you, your children, and your pets will come in contact with them. Not only will you come in contact with these chemicals, so will birds and other wild life that may be around your neighborhood.
5 Star solved these problems by adapting to a changing industry over 15 years ago. Shelby Hawkins evolved 5 Star’s treatment practices years before the last of the toxic chemicals were pulled off the market. As a result, 5 Star has almost 2 decades of experience applying termiticides above ground in an industry just realizing that it is the future. 5 Star applies the ETT444® low toxicity, organic chemicals to what the termites are after in the first place, their food. Their food happens to be the walls inside of your home. This is the perfect environment to place these chemicals and have them last. The expected length of effectiveness of an ETT444® treatment is 10-12 years. This is apparent by our industry leading 10 year renewal option on every full treatment. Inside the walls ETT444® is held safely away from weather, light, excessive heat, and micro-organisms that break down modern chemicals. The chemicals are also held safely away from you, your children, and pets. 5 Star provides the longest lasting, low in toxicity for you and the environment treatment available today.