Termite Barriers As An Effective Termite Treatment
Termites (also commonly referred to as white ants) are feared by many homeowners. To most people, owning a residential property is a huge investment. If you happen to come across a termite infestation in your home, there are many thoughts that might cross your mind with the first being, how it actually came to be. Naturally, termites can survive in any environment with a steady provision of food or water. Their food mostly consists of wooden structures or wood itself. Therefore, if a termite infestation starts in your home, it’s because of the wooden products plus the availability of water.
Most home owners in Brisbane, pretreat their residences for termite infestations. Basically, this refers to hiring a pest control company that creates a termite barrier which is physically located in any penetrations in your concrete or cavities in the building itself. The barrier can also be a chemical solution (referred to as chemical termiticide barrier) which is poured in the soil right near the concrete foundation where your home stands. These pre-treatments (especially the chemical barriers) basically prevent the termites from entering your property through the foundations but they dont actually kill them.
How To Protect Brisbane Homes From Termite Infestations
AS3660, an Australian standard that details on how to protect buildings from termite infestations, provides extensive knowledge on how to minimize risks of termite attacks and approved methods that control infestations. Creating barriers (one of the approved methods of termite control) completely discourages termites from entering into any residential or commercial property. However, it doesn’t necessarily deter any termite attacks.
There are instances where the termites breach the barriers. However, if you conduct routine inspections in your household, you will eventually detect them. These inspections should be conducted at least once a year so as to identify any breaches in the barriers that prevent termite attacks. If such is the case, a ‘retreatment’ procedure may become essential. During ‘retreatment’, the pest controller will drill holes or trenches near, in or through the foundation and flood it with the termiticide treatment to control the infestation.
A Deeper Understanding Of Termite Barriers In A Residential Property
If you’re a resident of Brisbane, you should understand that there are 2 types of termite barriers that are acceptable and perfectly suited for these regions. These include chemical and physical barriers.
- Physical Barriers:
The most recommended types of physical barriers against termites include Kordon Termite Barriers
- Chemical Barriers:
These are usually created on the outside part of your residential property. It’s a chemical solution that stops termites from entering the property and eradicates any nearby colonies that might breach the barrier in the near future. Although chemical barriers are deadly to termites, they are safe for use around pets and humans. This option is very effective and affordable to many homeowners. However, there are a few things to keep in mind if you’re considering using it as a preventative measure against termite infestation.
- Trench Dimensions – The trenches dug around your foundation should be at least 100 mm to allow complete penetration of the chemical solution. The pest controller usually digs a small trench and test if it’s deep enough to handle the chemical barrier. Remember, if the trenches are not deep, there will be no eradication of termites in your compound and the results can be deadly. A good pest controller should learn how to dig the trenches to avoid any damage to underground pipes or gardens in your property.
- Access Holes – Small access holes are dug through the foundation to allow the chemical solution to get to the soil underneath the foundation. This work can be time consuming and very exhausting. There are a few companies that drill a few holes. During the treatment process, the access holes should be apart at a distance of 200-300 mm and should be plugged immediately after the job is completed.
- Chemical Concentration or Quantity – Note that, termite chemical solutions are very expensive and a lot is required to completely eradicate termites. There are a few companies that might dilute the termite solution which becomes less effective. Some companies might also use a lesser quantity than the recommended 10L/m3. Therefore, take your time to choose the right termite control company for the best results.
- Type of Chemical – The chemicals used for termite controls should be safe for humans or pets and only deadly to termites. Some of the common names include Fipronil, Bifenthrin or Imidacloprid.
Using chemical barriers as a termite control solution can’t be 100% effective for most homes or surroundings. If you don’t want to leave your home vulnerable to future termite infestations, consult professional termite control companies for the best results.