Termite species and levels of activity vary from state to state, and the pest control industry is regulated on a state by state basis. Building codes and construction practices related to termite prevention differ from state to state to account for variations in termite activity, climate and construction preferences.
In Termite Infestation Probability zones (TIP zones) – where the potential for termite damage is considered high – builders may be required to use measures to prevent subterranean termite infestation. These measures may include a combination of methods: physical barriers, bait systems, pressure-treated wood and termiticide soil treatments.
Aboveground and underground termite soil treatment requirements vary by code in your area. In some regions, you must apply treatment materials pre-construction to help reduce termite activity. Building codes in these areas indicate a post-construction application of liquid termiticide around the perimeter of a house is not sufficient to provide control.
Builders may be required to provide a New Construction Subterranean Termite Service Record when selling a newly-constructed home. This document certifies that termite control methods are in place at the home and guarantees the measures for one year. The form must be completed by a certified pest control professional.
To find out more about local requirements for termite soil treatment in a new building, contact your state’s department of agriculture or a local building inspector. Even if it is not required by local building code, subterranean termite treatment may be required by a lender or an architect. If you have an FHA or VA loan, the Federal Housing Administration or the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs can require a New Construction Subterranean Termite Service Record form.