Termite Management systems
Termite management systems provide different modes of action by means of effectively managing termites.
The majority of homes on The Gold Coast, Brisbane and Northern N.S.W may already have these installed.
Termite management systems are broken down into 3 types.
1. Baiting And Monitoring Systems
2. Chemically Treated Zones
3. Physical Barriers
1. Baiting and Monitoring
There are many types of baiting systems available. However, they all work on the same principle. The baiting stations attract termites before they enter your home. Thus, Termites are then fed bait that contains an active constituent to eliminate the colony. The effectiveness of baiting stations relies on maintenance.
Bait stations are placed every 3-4 meters around the perimeter of the structure. The bait system is inspected every 6-8 weeks with older systems or 4 times a year with the new Sentricon Always Active System. Termites are all part of a large colony and are constantly connected as one. Termites will feed each other and the queen. Once the termites have ingested the poison from the bait stations it is transferred throughout the colony and results in colony collapse. Baiting is a great way of controlling subterranean termites as their nest is often hard to or almost impossible to locate as it is hidden in a tree or beneath the soil and can wreak havoc for years.
2. Chemical Treated Zone (Chemical Barrier)
A chemical barrier should only be installed by a licensed and accredited pest control technician. Termite barriers are installed in the soil of the perimeter of your slab edge and footings to ensure termites cannot enter the structure. Termite barriers are installed by trenching to the footing, treating the soil and backfilling or if the soil cannot be accessed then drilling and injecting at high pressure through the slab is required. In addition, these soiled areas can also have a reticulation system (perforated hose) installed to avoid re-digging in the future.
The lifespan of a chemical barrier varies depending on the product, soil type, and delivery method however 3-10 years is generally the lifespan these days.
The types of products used are repellents (repels termites away) and non-repellents (termites pick up the chemical and carry it back through the nest affecting more on the way). The most ideal and effective chemicals are non-repellents.
A chemical barrier is an effective approach to ensuring complete termite prevention. Chemicals have come a long way since the 80s and 90s. These are now generally Low or Non-Toxic if applied correctly. Not all houses and building types are suited for termite barriers and you should ask your local pest inspector what is recommended whilst first providing a termite management plan in accordance with AS 3660.2.17.
Most Effective Chemical Brands
Altriset – Non-Repellent – Up to 8 years
Termidor – Non-Repellent – Up to 8 years
Biflex – Repellent – Up to10 Years
3. Physical Barrier
An essential stage of construction now days is installing a physical termite barrier. New homes or renovations must have them installed. A physical barrier is designed to work integrated with annual termite inspections to detect early signs of termite activity and thus reduce the cost of treatment and damage.
The concept is to basically make your house impenetrable from the slab, forcing termites to the outer edges so they can be identified.
How do these barriers fail? Physical barriers cannot ultimately stop termites entering your home they only expose them. Adding an attachment or an additional slab without protection, Storing goods, Placing garden beds against or covering weep holes on external walls will enable termites to gain undetected entry. Having an annual inspection is a must.
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