Soil-dwelling or subterranean termites are the usual culprits behind severe termite infestation problems. Subterranean termites build their colonies under the soil beneath or around a structure and emerge when they need to feed on wood and other cellulose material. Termite barriers have been proven effective in helping prevent such infestations.
Getting a termite barrier in Sydney will give you the assurance that your home is protected from these destructive pests. This is because these barriers prevent termites from reaching the timbre foundations or components of your home.
Types of Termite Barriers
Knowing the commonly used types of termite barriers is a good start to giving your home the protection it needs from these pests. In Australia, there are three types of termite barriers that are often recommended and used in residential properties. These are:
This type of termite barrier is placed in the vulnerable areas of your home to prevent termites from attacking them. These barriers typically consist of strong PVC strips which are effective in preventing termite invasions. If installed properly, the barriers will last for a long time.
Physical barriers, however, can only be installed if your home is still being built. If your home is already fully constructed, you will have to opt for other types of barriers.
Metal Termite Shields
This type of physical termite barrier makes use of a finely woven metal mesh which is installed in homes during their construction or extension. They are installed in the same way as PVC termite barriers. They are effective in preventing a termite attack but they need to be installed during the house or building construction and not after.
Chemical barriers are often recommended as a termite control and preventive measure for houses and buildings that have already been built. This type of barrier refers to the use or application of termiticide to treat the soil surrounding your home. Once the chemical is absorbed by the soil, the termites will die when they feed or simply have contact with the soil.
This type of barrier is highly effective in eradicating termite colonies. This is because the chemical is transferred from one termite to another. This happens when they engage in trophallaxis or the habit of eating the waste of other termites.
Termite Detection Systems
These are stations that are placed in the garden and footpaths every 3 meters around the property. They work by attracting any termites in a 3 to 5-meter area of the station to the home. Once they find the station there is a source of timber for them to eat. Your pest controller then simply comes around and checks it every 2 to 3 Months to see if there is activity. If they spot activity, then they simply provide them with a food source which they readily devoured. They then take this back to the nest and it then terminated the colony within 6 to 8 weeks. The best part about this system is that no harmful chemicals are used, in fact it is not even a poison but just a growth regulator.
Termite Baiting Systems
In favourable conditions, termite colony annihilation may take several weeks to a few months. These bait stations can be placed in the ground where a large number of termites find and consume the bait, then colony elimination is virtually assured within a few months. This is where the experience and skill of the termite controller is paramount to decide if and where a baiting program is implemented and properly monitored.
Jim’s Termite & Pest Control use the Exterra Termite Baiting & Monitoring Systems is a systematic, multi-step termite management method designed to be slow acting and non-repellent, therefore it spreads to other termites in the colony before being detected.
A qualified termite controller will reinspect the bait stations, buildings and surrounds every month to reposition, reapply or replenish the bait, if necessary. The more termites that consume the bait, the quicker the termite colony elimination process.
Exterra Termite Baiting & Monitoring Systems’ greatest advantage in comparison to chemical barriers is its capability to abolish the actual source of your termite problem – the termite colony itself.
To know which type of termite barrier is best for your home, it is best to consult a trusted pest control company. Their team will assess your home and recommend the most suitable termite barrier for you. It is also crucial that the barrier is installed or applied properly to ensure that it will work. As such, letting the pros handle this job will give you confidence that your home is thoroughly protected from termites.
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