Termite barriers are either physical termite barriers which are installed to the slab edge and slab penetrations at the time of construction or a chemical termite barrier which is installed to the soil around the perimeter of the slab post construction.
A physical termite barrier, also known as pre construction termite protection, commonly referred to as pre con, is designed to prevent concealed termite entry to a structure by forcing termites to expose themselves by tracking over the physical barrier whereas a chemical termite barrier is designed to either repel termites and prevent concealed termite entry to a structure or to not repel the termites but instead to kill them through contact and ingestion as they continue to forage through the soil.
Termite barriers should only be installed in accordance with the product label and Australian Standard AS 3660.1:2014 Termite Management Part 1: New Building Work or AS 3660.2:2017 Termite Management Part 2: In and Around Existing Buildings.
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Physical termite barriers are designed to prevent termites from accessing your home by creating a physical barrier between the structure and the soil.
These barriers are made from durable materials such as stainless steel mesh, crushed rock or concrete slabs. The installation process involves digging a trench around the perimeter of the property, fitting the barrier material into the trench and backfilling it with soil. The depth of the trench and the width of the barrier will depend on the specific requirements of the property.
One of the advantages of physical termite barriers is that they don’t require any ongoing chemical treatments, making them a low-maintenance option.
Additionally, they’re environmentally friendly and pose no health risks to humans or pets. However, it’s important to note that physical barriers can be breached if not installed correctly or if there are gaps or cracks in the barrier.
Chemical termite barriers involve the use of liquid termiticides that are applied to the soil around the perimeter of the property. The chemicals create a zone of protection that repels termites and prevents them from entering the structure. The installation process involves digging a trench around the property, treating the soil with the termiticide and then backfilling the trench.
One of the main benefits of chemical termite barriers is their effectiveness in repelling termites. They’re also relatively affordable and easy to install. However, they do require ongoing maintenance with regular reapplication of the termiticide necessary to maintain their effectiveness. Additionally, some people may have concerns about the environmental impact of using chemicals around their property.
Termite Reticulation Systems are installed during the installation of a chemical termite barrier, they are typically lengths of perforated pipe that connect to filler points at various intervals around the perimeter of the slab to deliver a pesticide to create a treated zone in accordance with Australian Standard AS 3660.1 – 2014.
When a pesticide is pumped through the pipe, it is done at a relatively low pressure and is known as ‘charging’ the system, the pesticide is released from the pipe in a controlled manner and the surrounding soil absorbs the pesticide forming a chemical termite barrier.
Termite Reticulation Systems are not usually charged on installation as the chemical termite barrier is installed to the soil at the same time. The Termite Reticulation Systems is charged several years later when the life expectancy of the chemical used for the chemical termite barrier has been reached the chemical termite barrier is due for replenishment.
Termites can cause significant damage to your home and affect your family’s health and safety. That’s why installing termite barriers is essential. Here are key reasons why termite barriers are crucial:
Termites consume wood from the inside out, leading to structural damage that can compromise the integrity of your home. Termite barriers prevent termites from accessing your home, protecting it from costly repairs and potential safety hazards.
The cost of repairing termite damage can run into thousands of dollars, while the cost of installing termite barriers is relatively affordable. Investing in termite barriers is a cost-effective way to protect your home from termite damage in the long run.
Termite control requires strategic planning and expertise. Pest control professionals can assess your property and provide appropriate treatment options to prevent and eliminate termite infestations. They have the proper equipment and knowledge to effectively treat your home.
Knowing your home is protected from termites can give you peace of mind. You can sleep at night without worrying about the potential damage termites can cause to your home.
Below are some of our handy tips on what you can do to help reduce your risk of termite infestation:
Termite Barrier: An obligation free quote can be provided upon request but indicatively costs start from around $22.00 per liner meter for Physical Termite Barriers and $45.00 per liner meter for Chemical Termite Barriers.
If your property has a Physical Termite Barrier, you will typically only need to install an alternative form of termite protection, such as a Chemical Termite Barrier or Termite Baiting System if termites have gained concealed entry to your property, indicating that the Physical Termite Barrier has failed.
This depends on the period of protection listed on the label of the pesticide used and the recommendations of your pest management technician.
Typically, all areas south of the tropic of capricorn (except tas.) you would expect a pesticide with an active constituent of 100 g/L Fipronil to be effective against subterranean termites for a minimum period of eight years or a pesticide with an active constituent of 100 g/L Bifenthrin to be effective against subterranean termites for a minimum period of ten years.
Termite Reticulation Systems cost a little more up front but typically provide excellent savings down the track as they significantly reduce the disruption and labour costs required to reinstall or replenish the Chemical Termite Barrier.
They can also be installed under concrete, such as a driveway, to provide more consistent protection and less damage and disruption than drilling.
It is crucial to identify a termite infestation early to prevent further damage to your property. Here are some signs to look out for:
If you suspect a termite infestation, call a professional pest control company to assess the situation and provide appropriate treatment.
Prevention is key when it comes to protecting your home from termite damage. Here are preventative measures you can take:
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