With so many barriers available which Termite Barrier will suit your home?
Firstly There are several elements which will govern which type of Termite Barrier will suit your property. This comes down to the dwellings construction type, what surrounds the dwelling, moisture content of the soil and your Termite Risk Factor.
The Termite Risk Factor has five (5) levels
Low / Low to Moderate / Moderate / Moderate to High / High
The biggest contributor to a higher risk factor are conducive environments.
What is a conducive environment
A conducive environment is a area of concern around your property that can potentially attract termites and other timber pests. 1. An old hot water service or air conditioner will start leaking onto the ground. making a damp environment close to the house. It is good practise to divert the overflow to a down pipe. 2. A tree stump left in the ground to rot away is the perfect environment for termites to build a nest. Ample food and moisture there for the nest to become very substantial. 3. Timber sleepers that have been treated in a termicide are a popular choice for retaining walls. However over the time being exposed to sun and rain, this chemical breaks down and termites will attack this soft damp timber. 4. Also Gardens up against dwelling walls are a big no no. As This can be a huge attractant to termites. Additionally Being a food source they normally are high in moisture. Termites can find their way into your home by gardens which cover up weep holes. Removing these conducing environments will make you home less appealing to termites and reduce your termite risk factor.
My Home Is On A Concrete Slab.
Homes built on a concrete slab after 1995 should have a physical moisture / termite blanket installed. Also your pipe penetrations ( Pipes through the concrete slab) are protected by hard collars. This sheet sits under the concrete slab and will push termites out to the edges. This is where annual Termite Inspections are important because you have to be aware of such activity. In fact We have seen termites be pushed out to the edge of the physical barrier only to eat through the brick mortar and gain access inside. Homes on concrete slabs pre 1995 are still susceptible to termite damage. All it takes is a little subsidence under the slab and a crack as small as 2mm and termites can enter. Plumbing collars not fitted correctly termites will enter wet areas of your home causing expensive damage. We have conducted Termite Inspections to homes where termites have gotten into bathrooms through the slab and caused considerable damage.
Termite Barrier Types
Termite Bait Stations Barrier (Termite Baiting)
Mostly made up of in ground bait stations these units are roughly 20cm long and 10cm wide. They neatly sit under the grass line, spread out every 3 metres. Favoured by termites. The baiting stations are filled with sleeves of eucalyptus. The stations are placed in a line all around the dwelling. The span reach of each unit can be up to 5 metres. So having them daisy chained every three metres lets them overlap. The termite bait stations are monitored in a schedule for every 6 to 10 weeks.
If there are termites in some of the systems then the checks are more often at between 4 to 6 weeks. Once termites have been found, a bait chemical is added to the station. This chemical solution is low toxic and slow acting. The reason behind this is so it can be passed onto other termites and make it's way back to the colony. The termite bait stations can be installed in pavers, concrete and soil (lawn and garden). An above ground unit is available as well. This is placed inside the house if there are active termites present there.
Chemical Termite Barrier (Chemical Barrier)
One of the cheapest on the market but the Chemical Termite Barrier is also the most invasive. It has an installation that is very high in labour as it is a chemical treatment to the soil around the foundations of your house. The lawn and garden areas, a trench has to be dug all the way to the footings of the house. If the soil is high is clay then that needs to be removed and place with fresh high grade soil. This soil is drenched with a termicide (normally Termidor)and back filled. We do several passes whilst back filling to ensure a great treatment.
If there are some areas around the house that are paved, they can either be removed and replaced. An alternate method of treatment is simply to drill and inject into the corners of the paver. The Concrete paths and driveways are drilled and injected with holes being plugged with mortar when finished. Some utilities like hot water and air conditioners may need to temporarily moved. Our Termite Technician will advise this in their quote.
Chemical Reticulation System (Retic System).
A Chemical Reticulation System based on the same fundamentals as a chemical termite barrier. However it has one added advantage of being able to "recharge" the system before the end life of the chemical. We then can Pump the chemical into the fill points installed every 12 metres. furthermore A trench is dug. The Piping is then laid at the footing of the dwelling. Also similar to the chemical barrier the soil is drenched when being back filled and sprayed with multiple passes. This is A huge advantage as it has little to no disturbance after the initial install.
Termite Barrier Cost.
Our Termite Barrier Brisbane Office will organise a free onsite. It is the only way to accurately match the correct termite barrier type to your home. As This is the way the pest controller can answer all the questions you have. Onsite they will go through the termite barrier cost and why that barrier matches your property. In fact The Technician will run you through your termite risk factor and how you can go about lowering it.
So be proactive about termite protection and install a termite barrier. We are protecting homes in Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich and on the Gold Coast. Contact our friendly team on 1300077133