Chemical Termite Barriers or management systems as they are called today: Installation, effectiveness , Cost and how safe are they?
Chemical Termite barriers and Termite inspections and termite types.
Termites destroy old buildings and newly built ones as well. Give them enough time, and they will get in and destroy your home in no time. And you don't want your biggest investment destroyed by white ants. That’s why installing a chemical termite barrier can save your home and potentially save you money and stress. Did you know termites cause over 1.5 Billion dollars of damage to Australian homes every year. insurance companies do not insure against termite damage.
Chemical termite barriers benefit all structures. whether its new or old or even commercial. In fact using the latest technology in chemical barriers provide your home with long-lasting protection. The chemicals have a chemical life expectancy, generally 8 years. Also it protects your home from the 2 major termite species in south east QLD.
What Is A Termite Chemical Barrier.
A termite chemical barrier is a chemical perimeter system for around your home or building to stop termites from entering your home or building.
What Chemicals Do Termite installers Use
There are two types of chemicals used in termite barriers. Repellant and non detectable transferable chemicals. The repellant such as Bifenthrin was used extensively as an alternative to the old chemicals until science formulated non detectable transferable chemicals. The non detectable transferable chemicals are the most widely used today as they eliminate all termite types and their colonies. The first non repellant chemical was Premise. It has the active Imidacloprid is one of the first non detectable transferable chemicals and is still used today. The most common one today is Termidor . Termidor are so confident in their product they offer a product warranty. Termidor hasn't had a product failure in over 15 years.
A chemical termite barrier that transfers and destroys rather than repels is a better solution. It gets rid of the termites and their colony that are destroying your home rather than repelling them. The Transferable chemical is Very effective.
You should consider a chemical termite barrier.
Physical Termite Barriers with a chemical barrier can assist in creating a complete management approach to termite protection. If you think you are safe because you have a physical barrier
How Long Do Termite Barriers Last?
Many years ago, chemical termite barriers lasted up to 30 years. These chemicals had a much longer residual life, but they caused a lot of environmental damage and were extremely harmful to us and all wildlife. So a safer alternative had to be found.
Todays Perimeter chemical termite management systems will last up to eight years.
With A non detectable transferable treatment, Not only do they ingest the chemical, it also covers them and they take it back to the nest. As they come in contact with other termites, it spreads throughout the colony. It kills all termite types ,workers, queens and the soldiers.
How Are Chemical Barriers Installed For Termite Protection?
The first step is to dig a trench around the building usually 150mm wide and 50mm below the top of the footing of the house. The trench is filled with a liquid termiticide into the soil. Then the trench is then back filled then soaked again . It creates a continuous treated soil zone called a chemical termite barrier.
Watch the video it shows how the treatment is done.
The second step drill holes to concrete areas. The drill holes must be 150mm out from the wall and no more than 300mm apart. Most chemicals state no more than 200mm. You can do spacings up to 450mm with the new termidor H E . The technician pumps up to 3 litres of the termiticide into the soil through the holes. You must do this under pressure to allow the chemical to spread evenly.
Even houses with concrete, brick , timber or steel stumps set off the ground with ant caps need termite protection. You treat the subfloor area around the piers and walls by trenching and treating. If the subfloor is too low you have to blanket spray the area.
Another method is a reticulation system. It replenishes the soil with the termiticide through a pipe similar to a soak hose.
You can also install a termite reticulation system around your home or building. This makes future replenishment simple we just hook up and pump the chemical in. also it is a lot cheaper the next time it needs renewal.
New legislation for slab on ground homes with a liquid chemical termite barrier. Since 2017, they may also require a reticulation system. The code states that Chemical termite protection must be replenishable.
Chemical Termite Barrier Costs
The cost depends on the size of your home and what chemical you choose, a full termite management system treatment will cost between $1,500 to $5,000+. Before any treatment a termite inspection will have to be done. We include the inspection with a termite barrier installation.
The cost of termite prevention is far less than fixing termite damage in your home if they get in. Before you install your barrier and if you have termites inside the home they will have to be treated and we will include this in the barrier price. A localised treatment on its own Start around $250.00.
A full chemical termite barrier protects your home or building for up to 8 years. So divide these costs over 8 years and it is actually very cheap to protect your home.
The only extra cost you should factor in is an annual inspection to keep your warranty.
Not doing anything about it is worse. Insurance doesn’t cover termite damage. So, the cost of a chemical termite barrier is worth it to protect your investment.
There are cheaper chemicals, such as those that use a repellent termiticide. But repelling termites doesn't solve the problem. it only kills termites that come in contact with the barrier. Termites will test the barrier until they find a opening in the barrier. Generally you will only save a few hundred dollars by using a repellant. You also will have to renew the barrier more regularly in years to come.
So Cheaper potentially will cost you more.
Todays Treatments are they Safe
The New Technology Chemicals.
In fact you can only use chemicals registered on the Australian Pesticide Register. Registered chemicals must pass performance and strict safety requirements. So once installed you will have no safety issues.
While today’s Termite pesticides don’t last as long. They are actually far more effective in controlling termites. Like Termidor it uses a non detectable technology and it has a unique transfer effect. With the transfer effect this allows us to destroy termite colonies . It is effective in controlling all termite types. They are also safe for the environment when used properly . There are strict guidelines on how these must be used. They are also safe for your children, pets, plants and wildlife. So are they safe? Yes
The Old chemicals.
Organochlorines and Organophosphates were the first used as liquid termiticides . The names you might know are HEPTACHLOR, DIELDRIN,Chlorpyrifos. These are probably the most common. These chemicals are slow to break down and are toxic to humans and the environment. Public concern and scientific research led to the phasing out of these chemicals from the mid-1990s. Also These chemicals were rather nasty and had a very strong odour. The chemicals caused all sorts of health and environment issues. These chemicals were definitely not safe . The chemicals would actually accumulate in animals and humans. To answer the question no they were not safe.
Another one was Arsenic trioxide. It was a means of treating live termites in their workings in an attempt to eradicate the colony. This stuff as we all know is definitely not safe.
Washing down your safety gear was essential after handing the chemicals.
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Take control and be proactive in protecting your property. Protect your home or building from termites (White ants). We provide the best Termite protection in the market Today using only Termidor. Don’t wait for a termites to be a problem . You need to Protect your home with a chemical termite barrier. If you use termidor This means you will be eligible for termidors two million dollar warranty. But you must use an accredited installer. The treatment covers all termite types.