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One of the best lines of defense against termites is a prevention plan. Unlike traditional contractors, our wood pretreatment service division takes steps to prevent future termite damage during the construction of your California home, business or rental property. We use Bora-Care® to pretreat during the “dried-in” phase of construction (when the roof, studs, exterior wall, sheathing, and other framing elements are in place, but before insulation and interior wall coverings such as sheet rock, paneling, etc. are installed). We provide a 2 year warranty on any Bora-Care® pretreatment. 8 reason to choose Bora-Care® :
Research from a 12-year study by the USDA Forest Service and Mississippi State University’s Forest Products Laboratory showed wood treated with Bora-Care® stopped termite attacks and prevented subterranean termites from tubing over treated wood. In addition, tests conducted at Louisiana State University have shown that Bora-Care® applied to concrete surfaces will prevent Formosan termite tubing. Treated wood is also protected against carpenter ants, old house borers, powderpost beetles and decay fungi. Treatments near water are no longer a concern. With soil treatments, there is the concern of chemicals leaching into a nearby water source. When you pretreat the wood and concrete, that’s ALL you treat. Soil termiticides can cause CPVC plumbing pipes to leak. Bora-Care® is the first termiticide listed as chemically compatible with Noveon piping systems. It replaces old-fashioned soil termiticides and has been found to be compatible with the CPVC materials of FlowGuard Gold®, BlazeMaster®, and Corzan® pipe and fittings. FGG/BM® System Compatible indicates that this product has been tested and is monitored on an ongoing basis to assure chemical compatibility.
In addition, Bora-Care® will not corrode metal fasteners, fittings or nails. Toxicity is a rising concern among homeowners. With traditional soil treatments, hundreds of gallons of pesticides are pumped into the ground under and around a home. Bora-Care® is a low odor termiticide that is applied directly to the wood. International building code. Bora-Care® is listed in the International Building Code and the International Residential Code. It meets the sill plate end-cut requirements set by building codes and the American Wood-Preservers’ Association (AWPA M4). More durable wood treatment. Excavation and landscaping do not affect the treatment. Leaky water lines, improper drainage and even the landscaping process can break a soil termiticide barrier, rendering soil pretreatments ineffective by the time the house is complete. With Bora-Care®, you’re treating the wood, and once again, a problem is eliminated.
Tips for Termite Prevention:
Drywood Termites live in colonies of 2,000 to 3,000 members. Once the colony has reached a size that can no longer be sustained by the current piece of lumber they will await the proper time and climate to swarm. This will usually happen between August and October every year. Drywood Termites are different than Subterranean Termites in that they actually live inside the wood.
Drywood Termite activity is discovered during our inspection when we find signs of activity like droppings, bodies or wings. Droppings are the pellet shaped feces that used to be your home.
We believe that most Drywood Termite colonies can be eliminated by the surgical precision of a skilled technician but that in many cases need to be fumigated (tented).
Subterranean Termites can be found in most of the United States and come in a number of different species. Western Subterranean Termites are elusive. They live underground, about 40 feet, in colonies with populations with numbers like the population of Irvine to the population of Los Angeles.
They travel in sheltered mud tubes, which they create from moisture and feces, between cracks in concrete and pipes.
Subterranean Termites are known to be able to eat a foot of 2×4 in as little as 6 months.
WHAT CAN WE DO FOR YOU
The core of all that we do is the inspection. First, we need to determine the amount and types of infestation as well as the construction type.
Once all of the circumstances have been established we can help you decide which treatment would best suit your needs.
Also call the “Super Termite” because of its colony size which can contain several million Termites. A mature Formosan colony can consume as much as 13 ounces of wood a day (about 400 g) and can severely damage a structure in as little as three months.
Don’t waste any time if you believe that you have Termites. An inspection from a professional is only a call away.
HALO SIGNATURE Services are GREEN
HALO Home Services is committed to green treatments that ensure the proper result while keeping our families safe. Nothing is more important to us that making sure our clients are satisfied and that our product use is limited. For over a decade we have developed treatment systems that get results using the latest in technologically advanced products executed by highly skilled technicians.
Q: Do you guys use ‘orange oil’?
A: While one of our owners was instrumental in bringing Orange Oil to popularity in Southern California, it is our belief that “Orange Oil” has technical limitations. XT-2000 is the official name unless a more watered down (Pro-Citra) is used. The manufacturer of XT-2000 requires that its licensees use at least 1 gallon per house. Orange Oil has been shown to have a 50% mortality rate based on several research studies. HALO uses a product that has a 100% mortality rate and just as safe.
Q: Do you ever tent buildings?
A: We use tent fumigation when the situation calls for it.
Halo’s Exclusive 3 Tier Options. Find the one that fits you best.
HALO SIGNATURE was designed as an alternative to fumigation. This is by far one of our best creations we have ever done. Created for property owners who for one reason or another refuse to fumigate, HALO SIGNATURE is not just drilling and treating Drywood Termite infestations. It is much more.
First we need to find the problem. Our Universal Pest Inspection (UPI) is the first step. We will give you a full description of every pest issue happening at your home or business. You call us out for Termites we find everything else.
Secondly we need to kill the problem. Our highly talented technician will use surgical precision to kill the Drywood Termites by injecting their colony with a least toxic, technologically advanced chemical.
As with all of our services it is backed by a minimum of a 2-year warranty. If you see any Drywood Termite activity we will come back and treat it for at no cost to you. This is our crown and joy. This is our signature.
HALO COMPASS is our answer to the most elusive Termite that plagues properties today – The Subterranean and Formosan Termite. The Western Subterranean Termite colony has a population of over 500,000, lives 30-40 feet underground and up to 300 feet in any direction. The queen can lay up to 2,000 eggs per day and until you kill her, your home doesn’t stand a chance.
HALO COMPASS is the full perimeter treatment that protects your home and reaches out to kill the queen. We use the habitat and behaviors of the Subterranean Termites to our advantage. The products are completely undetectable. Once the Termite comes into contact with it they stop eating. Over the next two weeks the Termites spread it to one another until it reaches back and kills the queen. Once she is dead your home is protected. HALO COMPASS is executed by the highest trained technicians in the industry which means that you are in good hands with HALO Home Services.
HALO PREMIER – THE GOLD STANDARD FOR COMPLETE HOME PROTECTION
HALO PREMIER is the no holds barred, universal pest solution, which has changed the way homeowners look at Termite treatments.
It all starts with our approach. HALO Home Services adheres to an approach for pest control called Integrated Pest Management. IPM embraces a minimalist approach to harsh products. We prefer sanitation, habitat modification and the skillful use of non-evasive products to control pests and HALO PREMIER embodies those principles.
The difference is seen from the very start. Our Universal Pest Inspection (UPI) enables us to identify all pests that could be a problem for the property. From ants to wood destroying fungus and everything that invites them, we offer the most insightful perspective on the property in the industry. We want to know what pests are here or what would make them want to come; from foundation to roof. Where are they getting in and how can we stop them.
Once we have determined the issues we go into action.
HALO PREMIER means we kill and protect both your home and our water source. All of HALO services utilize the latest in technology that helps us use half the water of ordinary services.
Tenting for Drywood Termites
As a 21st century service company, we take all things into consideration including the safety of the family, our employees and our environment. Recent studies show that sulfuryl fluoride stays in the atmosphere for up to 40 years. That is at least 35 years longer than originally stated by its maker. While we do believe in structural fumigation as a viable treatment to eradicate Drywood Termites we also believe that it should be used sparingly.
Structural fumigation is a pest control method that involves filling the airspace within a structure with a toxic gas. A tarp, or tent, is used over the structure to trap the gas inside. The gas penetrates cracks, crevices, and pores in the wood to eliminate pests, such as Drywood Termites and bed bugs. After the tarp is removed, fans are used to help the gas escape into the atmosphere. Leftover residues are not expected to remain on surfaces.
The primary active ingredient in fumigants intended for residential dwellings is sulfuryl fluoride. Only certified applicators can use sulfuryl fluoride products because the U.S. EPA classified them as Restricted Use Pesticides (RUP). Certified applicators have been trained in the proper handling of the fumigant and fumigation-related equipment and procedures. You can read more at the National Pesticide Information Center.
The following is a general timeline for a typical Drywood Termite fumigation:
Fumigation Day 1 – (Up)
A fumigation crew covers the entire structure with large tarps. The tarps are secured with long “sand snakes” placed along the foundation of the structure and related attachments.
A licensed fumigator prepares the interior by ensuring the removal of food, feed, drugs, plants, people and pets. The fumigator is also responsible for placement of fans, opening of doors and drawers and placement of warning agent (chloropicrin) in specific locations.
The structure is secured with secondary locks on all entryways and warning signs are posted at specific locations.
Once the exterior has been properly sealed and the interior prepared, the warning agent is applied and the proper dosage of Vikane® Gas Fumigant is introduced into the structure. The fumigant is contained in the structure for a predetermined amount of time, penetrating deep into wood to eliminate Drywood Termites.
Fumigation Day 2 – (Aeration)
After the proper exposure to Vikane® Gas Fumigant has been administered, one of our licensed fumigators will open a pre-installed inlet/outlet ventilation system to begin the aeration process.
Fumigation Day 3 – (Down/Re-Entry)
Once the proper amount of aeration time has elapsed, the fumigation crew will remove the tarps from the structure.
Once the tarps are removed from the structure, one of our licensed fumigators takes air samples from the interior living spaces with equipment specifically designed to detect the presence of Vikane® Gas Fumigant.
Once it is determined that it safe to return to the structure, the licensed fumigator will place a Re-Entry Notice on the front door. This notice will indicate the date and time that it was certified safe to re-enter.
The secondary locks and warning signs are removed to complete the fumigation.
Drywood Termite Prevention
Great builders leave nothing to chance. Their reputations are on the line if they build with materials that are infested. The system that has been available to them is now here for you. It’s called GUARDIAN. GUARDIAN is the Drywood Termite prevention system that has allowed builders to protect the most vulnerable lumber in the building, the attic framing.
WHY IS YOUR ATTIC VULNERABLE?
Drywood Termite swarming season happens every summer. From August to October Drywood Termites alates separate from their colonies in search of new homes. Launching into the sky they catch a breeze up to 4 miles away and ride it to their next home…your attic framing. They fly right through the vents, land on the lumber, and begin their new colony.
After years of exclusive commercial use GUARDIAN is being offered to home owners.
“We wanted to extend the same protection to home owners that roofers and builders have enjoyed for years. It’s really about time.” Co-Founder
For years we have offered preventative services to builders and roofers to control future pests. Now you can take advantage of it as well. Using the latest technology in treatment equipment we place a fine coat of a scientifically engineered borate on the roof sheathing, rafters and blocking, trusses, to protect against pests.
11 TIPS FOR TERMITE PREVENTION
1. Eliminate or reduce moisture in and around the home, which Termites need to thrive.
2. Repair leaking faucets, water pipes and exterior AC units.
3. Repair fascia, soffits and rotted roof shingles.
4. Replace weather stripping and loose mortar around basement foundation and windows.
5. Divert water away from the house through properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks.
6. Routinely inspect the foundation of a home for signs of mud tubes (used by Termites to reach a food source), uneven or bubbling paint and wood that sounds hollow when tapped.
7. Monitor all exterior areas of wood, including windows, doorframes and skirting boards for any noticeable changes.
8. Maintain an 18-inch gap between soil and any wood portions of your home.
9. Consider scheduling a professional inspection annually. Wood-boring insect damage is not covered by homeowners’ insurance policies.
10. Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house
11. Coat attic framing using HALO’s GUARDIAN