Termite Control – Controlling termites requires multiple applications and services. The term “termite control” is actually no longer used in the Termite industry, we now call it “termite management”.
Controlling termites is possible and involves a management program which will involve a process of elimination. When live termites are located it is best to have a termite treatment carried out by a licensed Technician experienced in Termite Management.
During the construction of new homes and buildings in Queensland normally involves a physical Termite Barrier System like Termseal Termite Barrier ias shown below.
Termite Barriers are established in several different ways. One non-chemical approach is using a visual termite inspection zone on areas like steel posts raised above the ground or using an exposed 75mm slab edge around the perimeter of a home, these types of barriers are usually combined with a physical barrier like TermSeal Termite Barrier that is installed during the construction process which termites cannot burrow through, designed to force the termites out into the open to be seen which prevents concealed termite entry.
Did you know, properties built after 2002 on most occasions have had a chemical reticulation system or physical barrier installed to protect the property, where homes built prior 2002 mostly had chemicals that do not last the lifetime of the building and require ongoing treatments. If you are unsure what your home has installed, call us now to arrange a Termite inspection to be sure a) you don’t have live termites eating the home b) to provide you with a plan to ensure you do not get termites.
The repellent chemical barrier is one of the oldest approaches to protecting homes from termite damage. A barrier is established by digging a trench both inside and outside the foundation of the home. The trench is filled with chemical that repels termites. With concrete slabs, holes must be drilled in the floor to install the barrier. One of the problems with this type of barrier is that termites can find breaches in the barrier and still feed from the wood in one’s home if all areas are not protecting, especially if there are unknown cracks in the slab.
Non-repellent barriers have been used since the year 2000. These chemicals are not detectable by termites. The workers return to the colony with the chemicals on their body and in the food they bring. Establishing this type of barrier will eliminate a termite infestation in about one to three months. Examples of the Chemical are Premise Imidacloprid and Termidor Fipronil.
One of the best ways to protect a new home from termites is to establish a barrier during construction. Once the ground work is done and before concrete is poured, the ground is sprayed with the barrier or a Physical Barrier is installed to the service penetrations or fully installed under the Slab. Some of the non-repellant barriers have been shown to provide ten or more years of termite control with a single application, where physical barriers are designed to last the lifetime of the building.