Live in Ashgrove West and been informed you need a Termite Barrier?
Each of our Termite Barrier Ashgrove West Teams are experts in their field and are fully licensed and certified in Termite Protection. Now known in the Industry as a Termite Management System a Termite Barrier is still the best way to help with Termite Protection. However it's not the ONLY option! Each Ashgrove West house fits into the Termite Activity Risk Factor Scale which has 5 levels.
- Low to Moderate
- Moderate to High
Our certified Termite Barrier Ashgrove West Team can inform you exactly what Risk Factor your home falls under and why. From there we can organise an onsite Termite Protection Quote.
Conducive Environments that bring in Termites would put you in a higher Risk Factor. What is a Conducive Environment? Well I can bet you'd have a handful around your place today.
There are a basic few that are a terrific starting point and you will not need to be an expert to point them out. So do not keep this just to yourself share this info with family and friends and save them a lot of troubles too!
Here are a few Conducive Environments around your house that can attract Termites
1. Gardens up against the house is a big one. Not only are you providing Termites with a food source (dead branches, twigs, mulch) there's a good chance everything would be high in moisture and covering the slab edge and weep holes. We found a leaking pipe in this garden under the soil attached to that tap on the wall. Creating the perfect environment for Termites.
2. Hot water system and Air conditioner overflow piping leaking to the ground. This is very easy to over look but the air conditioning unit will drop a fair amount of water into a concentrated spot. This gives Termites a water source and termite activity is commonly found in the wall nearby. Older Hot Water Systems will slowly leak excess water onto the ground.
3. Stumps and root crowns left in the ground. These are termite hotspots and are perfect for the main termite nest. Under the ground, away from predators and surrounded in moisture. If you cannot remove the crown from the soil then we recommend drill and injecting a termite treatment chemical like termidor into it to avoid possible infestation.
(Bonus one) Timber Sleeper retain walls are like the hotel buffet. Sure they come out of the hardware store treated in a chemical to ward off termites but after months in the sun and rain this chemical soon breaks down. Hard up against the earth termites are quick to chow down and take advantage of the gift given to them.
With all this activity outside soon the Termite Nest will prepare to go forth and prosper. The White Ants will develop underground super highways and some Termites will grow wings (Alates) and fly to their next Conducive Environment to develop a home of their own. During your next Termite Inspection our Termite Barrier Ashgrove West team can run you through these areas of concern. The same Inspectors do the barrier installations as well as the Termite Inspections
The idea of the Termite Management System (Termite Barrier) is to help protect your home from foraging Termites. There are numerous Termite Barriers offered and one to fit your home construction type. Certified Home Inspections offers a totally free onsite quote to properly match your home with the appropriate Termite Barrier.
There is a misunderstanding among home owners that houses built on slabs are not vulnerable to Termite Attack. This could not be further from the truth. All it takes is a 2mm crack in the slab or one of the plumbing penetrations to be not fitting properly and you'll have Termites in your house. We have actually performed Building and Pest Inspections where Termites have shown up through the slab and started to eat the soft pine around the edging of the carpet, leaving simply the small carpet nails and brittle sleeves of pine.
Here is a leaking water pipe that was feeding a tap above it. Found during an installation of a Termite Barrier in Ashgrove West. The soil was completely saturated and it looked as if it had been leaking for some time. Over-sized hole through the brick work would allow direct access for Termites into the house. Being below the soil line, in a garden and with a water source - its pretty much as bad as it gets in regards to a conducive environment. The pipe connector was replaced with a new one and the saturated soil was removed.
More recent houses on a concrete slab from 1995 would have a Physical Moisture/ Termite Blanket installed to stop Termites turning up through any cracking. While adding some Termite Protection, all it really does is push Termites to the slab edge. This is why it's exceptionally important to have yearly Termite Inspections so we can detect this Termite Mudding on the side of your house. From the Slab Edge the Termites will then tunnel through the garden reaching your covered weep holes and after that get into your house.
It's not all doom and gloom though, your Termite Barrier Ashgrove West team can easily show you how to lower your Termite Risk Factor.
There are different Termite Barrier Types
Termite Bait Stations Barrier
Inground Termite Baiting Stations are installed around the house every 3 metres. These Termite Bait Stations are filled with sleeves of eucalyptus timbers which Termites show more favour to. These stations are monitored every 6 to 10 weeks by a skilled technician searching for Termite Activity. If and when Termites are found a chemical solution is added to the stations and this begins the culling procedure of Termites taking the baited chemical back to the nest. The low toxic bait breaks down the Termites Exoskeleton and they just die. The Termite Bait Station can be installed in concrete and earth (garden and lawn). The systems are approximately 20cm high and 10cm wide and sit neatly inline with the garden soil, lawn or concrete.
Chemical Termite Barrier
The Chemical Termite Barrier style is a little bit more evasive as we have to dig to the footing of your home. The dirt may be removed and (depending on it's condition) replaced with soil which has been treated with a chemical. It's essential to note that there are two main chemical characteristics readily available. One is a Termite Repellent and the other is a Termite Culling Agent. We only use a chemical called Termidor which in our opinion is the best money can buy and will not only kill Termites however will potentially be taken back to the nest (For more details on Termidor have a look at our Termite Treatment page). We are not interested in merely repelling Termites away only for them to take up somewhere else on your property.
Chemical Termite Barrier Reticulation system
Another version of a Termite Chemical Barrier is a Termite Barrier Reticulation System. Really similar to the idea of garden irrigation. A black plastic pipe is dug in down to the footings of the house. It is installed in lengths of up to 12 metres. The idea behind this technique is that all chemicals have an active period. The average is 8 years. With a reticulation system, the Termite Barrier is reactivated by merely pumping more chemical into the piping surrounding your home.
Our Termite Barrier Ashgrove West Team has the experience and knowledge to create complete termite systems from the best pesticide to combat subterranean termites.
We have set up lots of Termite Barrier Systems and know which will suit your house the best. Our Termite Technicians will run you through your risk factor and why your home fits that rating. Know your true Termite Barrier Cost, for a complimentary quote simply call our Termite Barrier Ashgrove West Team on 1800 UNCOVER - 1800862683 or fill in our contact us form.
Certified Home Inspections can offer
- termite protection for concrete slabs
- termite protection for slab on ground
- termite protection for existing homes
- termite protection for decks
- termite protection house stumps
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