Commercial Termite Control (Business)

Commercial termite control can vary dramatically from residential termite control. Due to the nature of commercial building construction, the types of activities conducted, and the general landscaping, commercial termite control activities naturally will differ from residential. While there are some parallels, commercial termite work must consider that the biggest threat is not necessarily to structural components of buildings but the contents, trim, and furniture. Most commercial buildings, especially newer ones, have structural components of non-cellulose material.

Generally, commercial structures when built require a “pretreat” or new construction termite prevention. This is sometimes required by building code, sometimes by the lender, and sometimes by the builder. Buildings which will be used for sensitive manufacturing, such as pharmaceuticals, are typically treated for termite prevention in order to protect the expensive commodities from becoming infested as the packaging is frequently cellulose based, the food of termites.

Today’s post construction treatment can utilize the same types of treatment as residential structures: liquid soil treatment, baits, or wood treatments (in rare cases). For drywood infestations, fumigation is also commonly used.

Since most new commercial buildings are built on concrete slabs, the proper treatment is decided as a partnership between the building owner/manager and the pest control company. The best treatment for the building can then be determined.

Many pest control companies can perform commercial termite control, although building owners as part of national chains, for example, might use one national pest control company for their termite work. This is not a rule but is generally true.

Termite work in commercial buildings can also be disruptive or intrusive considering the operations inside the building. Where in homes, a family can leave while the work is done, this isn’t possible typically in commercial operations. This requires considering the activities when deciding on the type of treatment method as well as how to schedule the work.