Protecting Your Home From Termites
Once termites find their way into your house, it becomes hard to get rid of them. So, the best weapon is prevention. Property maintenance and building modifications are also necessary to reduce their termite vulnerability.
Termite barriers are an effective way to protect your home against termite aggression. The barriers block termites from accessing your home. Depending on the type of barrier around your property, they can also kill termites.
If you are thinking of protecting your house by erecting barriers, we are here for you. We use barriers for termite treatment and control across various states in Australia. Below is everything you need to know about termite barriers.
Types of Termite Barriers
There are two types of termite barriers you can adopt to protect your home from these creatures. These are;
- Physical barriers
- Chemical barriers
1. Physical Barriers
Physical barriers do not destroy nor stop the termite. Their work is to slow down their attack by making it hard to access the building. Termites can enter your house through the underground cracks, wall cavities among others.
We construct physical barriers with materials that termites cannot destroy. These include the stainless-steel mesh, plastic film barriers, and polyvinyl sheds. So, the termites won’t have direct access to your house.
Alternatively, we can use ant caps to direct termites in easily detectable areas. Our technicians ensure that all the barriers meet the Australian Standards 3660.1.
Advantages of Physical Termite Barriers
- The termites are visible to the homeowner before attacking the property.
- With constant inspection, there is no damage. The termites are unlikely to destroy your property without noticing them.
- Peace of mind. With a physical barrier, you are more confident even with the buyers in case you want to sell.
2. Chemical Termite Barrier
Chemical termite barriers are the most effective compared to physical barriers. They offer a long-term solution to the termite problem. Also, they have different effects on termites depending on the chemicals used. Some repel the termites while others eliminate them and their colonies.
The three main chemicals used in the barriers are Fipronil, Imidacloprid and Bifenthrin. Most people know them by their brand names; Termidor, Premise, and Bi-flex respectively.
The chemicals can be divided into two broad categories; repellent and non-repellent termiticides.
They aim at creating an impenetrable secure zone around the building. In as much as they may kill termites, they are only meant to create a treated soil zone that they cannot cross. These chemicals are great if you maintain a continuously treated zone. The obstacles such as roots, rocks and varying soil types make it hard to achieve even treatment. So, it is possible for the termites to find a weakness through the barrier.
These are non-detectable termiticides to termites. It focuses on eliminating both work termites and their colonies. When the termites enter a treated zone, the termiticides poisons them. When they go back to the colony, any nestmates coming into contact with them also die.
Termite Reticulation Systems
This is a chemical treatment method that works as an irrigation system. It consists of interconnected pipes with small holes. The termiticide is pumped into the system from one or several points. It then flows through the pipes as it leaks into the soil through a network of holes.
The reticulation system is effective for both pre-construction and post. You can install the pipes under the foundations and along the perimeter. Once the termiticide enters the soil, it creates a termite protective barrier. However, the system’s efficiency can decrease with time. So, you should consider replenishing it after 2 to 3 years.
Chemical Barrier Safety
If you are worried about the safety of your family and pets, our chemical barriers are 100% safe. You have nothing to be afraid of. We use chemicals registered and approved by National Registration Authority for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (NRA). They have been through rigorous tests to prove they are fauna and flora-friendly.
Which is better between physical and chemical barriers?
There is no easy choice between the two. Ideally, it is better to have both barriers if you can afford them. But if you are to pick one, the chemical barrier is the best. One, because it is cheap to install and maintain. In the event a physical barrier breaks down, the repair cost is too high. For a chemical barrier, our experts can easily fix an ineffective barrier easily.
Additionally, chemical barriers are more effective in termite control. With undetectable termiticides like Termidor, you can eliminate an entire termite colony.
Advantages of Chemical Termite Barriers
- They offer instant protection to the property
- Liquid termiticides are cheaper compared to other termite control methods
- non-repellent termiticides eliminate the gaps in the treated zone. So, there is no risk or termite penetration through gaps.
- Chemicals used to create chemical barriers are effective for several years.
The Termite Barrier Cost
The cost of installing a termite barrier varies depending on a number of factors. The typical cost of installing a termite barrier is between $2,500 up to $4,500.
Some of the factors that determine the cost of your barrier are;
- Type of barrier: The type of barrier you want determines the materials needed. Physical barriers are generally cheap to construct compared to chemical barriers. There are also variations in the type of chemical you use in your barrier. The nonrepellent chemicals are more expensive than the repellent type.
- The size of the compound: The bigger the compound, the higher the cost of establishing a barrier.
- The home status: Is there a termite infestation already in your home? You may need to spend more money if your home is already under attack. Before building the barrier, you have to treat the termites first.
- Pre/post-construction: Preconstruction barriers are cheaper. Post-treatment is intrusive and leave a lot of destruction on the building. Sometimes the termite controllers have to drill holes to treat the foundation soil. Such repairs will be expensive.
Why Choose Us?
- NSW Government Licence
- $20,000,000 Public Liability Insurance
- 20 Years Experience
- Background & Reference Checked
- Affordable and Competitive Pricing
- Offering Flexible Appointment Times
- Children and Pet Safe Methods
- Fast and Effective Management of Pests
- We Guarantee Client Satisfaction
- Free Quotes
- Sydney Inner City & Surrounding Areas
- Sydney Central Business District
- Western Suburbs – Inner West
- Northern Beaches and North Shore
- Hills District & Northern Suburbs
- Sutherland Shire
- Sydney Southern Suburbs
Prevention is always better than cure. Don’t risk the termite infestation at your valuable home. You can contact us today for an inspection and subsequent barrier construction. Our team consists of professional pest exterminators. They leave nothing to chance when securing your home against termites.