Been told you need a Termite Barrier?
With the amount of termite damage to property each year in the millions it pays to be proactive and install a Termite Barrier. Now called a Termite Management System this style of termite protection greatly reduces the risk of damage from these foraging wood munchers. With several systems available how do you know which will suit your property? Here we will go through the most common types.
Throughout our website we talk about Conducive Environments and what draws termites to houses. Your house will fit somewhere on a termite risk factor scale. There are 5 levels - Low - Low to Medium - Medium - Medium to High and High. It comes down to the house construction type, environmental factors and conducive environments. You can learn more about Termites on our Frequently Asked Questions page.
So what is a Conductive Termite Environment?
- Tree Stumps or Crowns left in the ground
- Timber Sleeper retaining wall
- Gardens up against the house
- Air Conditioning and Hot Water System overflow straight onto the ground
- Poor ventilation in the Sub Floor
- Stored timber items in the Sub Floor
Every house has these areas of concern, so much so that they are overlooked as termite problems. When Termites leave the nest as Alates (Winged Swarming Termites) they are looking for these perfect conditions. So to remove them will greatly reduce your Termite Risk Factor.
My House is on a Concrete Slab, do I need a Termite Barrier?
Are houses built on a concrete slab safer from attack on foraging termites? The answer is no. Even a concrete slab built to code can move and crack. Soil subsidence is normal and can leave voids between the earth and slab. All termites need is a 2mm crack in the concrete or have one of the plumbing penetrations not fitted correctly and that's direct access into your home. Chances are the slab will stay intact which will just drive the termites to the outer edges. From there they will explore for ways to get in, which is normally through weepholes.
My House is on stumps, do I need a Termite Barrier?
Houses built on stumps are no less susceptible to termites than a house on a slab BUT they do have one advantage and that is visibility. Having a well ventilated Sub Floor and regular inspections will greatly increase the chance of finding the early warning signs of termites, and that is their mud leads. Termites need to build these mud leads to travel through, keeping the environment dark and moist. Leads will be seen on the stumps where the termites are trying to make headway into the house.
What Types of Termite Barriers are there?
Chemical Termite Barrier
A Chemical Termite Barrier is a chemical treatment to the soil around the foundation of your house. A trench is dug down to the footings and the soil is treated with a termicide chemical. This is a very common type of installation as customer feel better protected as the chemical barrier completely surrounds the perimeter of the dwelling. If the soil is not of good quality then it is replaced with new soil whilst being saturated by the termicide chemical. If there is paving to some parts of the property then this can be removed and replaced. If that is not possible we can simply drill and inject into the corners of the paver which is a great alternative. Some utilities like hot water and air conditioning systems may need to be temporarily removed and then replaced back. Our Termite Technician will advise this in the quote.
Chemical Termite Reticulation System
A Chemical Termite Reticulation System is the same as a Chemical Termite Barrier except for the ability to "recharge" the system again before the end of termicide chemical life span. Normally for homes in the higher termite risk factor it gives the ability to replenish the termicide chemical periodically for maximum protection. Piping is dug in and laid around the footing of the dwelling. Looking similar to a garden irrigation soaker hose, there are multiple tap junctions around the house where the chemical is injected. A larger investment initially but overtime with the recharge facility it will be a great asset. The biggest advantage being no more disturbance once the initial installation has been done.
Termite Baiting System
A termite baiting system or a termite monitoring system is one of the most less invasive forms of termite protection available. A series of stations are placed around the perimeter of the dwelling. These stations have sleeves of eucalyptus timbers which are favourable to termites. Being monitored every few months, once termites are present a bait is added to the station which is then taken back to the colony. Termites communicate through touch as well as groom and feed each other so there's a potential for the chemical to go deep into the colony. The initial installation cost for a termite baiting system is less than a chemical termite barrier because there is much less labour involved. The first year cost normally incorporates the charges for the monitoring. There are ongoing charges for the following year which are generally between $700 and $1200 depending on the size. Some clients after the 2nd year opt for a self monitor program. This voids the warranty but greatly reduces the ongoing costs. A Termite Technician can be called out when active termites are found in a bait station or if they need to be maintained.
There are always options when it comes to Termite Protection. You may not need a complete barrier just a partial barrier or an annual Termite Inspection.
We offer a free onsite termite barrier quote, so we can come out have a look at your house and answer any questions you may have. Our Termite Barrier Technician will run you through your termite risk factor and what you can do to reduce it. Give our Termite Barrier Team a call on 1300077133. It's easy to organise the appointment.