Live in Auchenflower and been told you need a Termite Barrier?
Each of our Termite Barrier Auchenflower 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 Auchenflower house fits into the Termite Activity Risk Factor Scale which has 5 levels.
- Low to Moderate
- Moderate to High
Our licensed Termite Barrier Auchenflower Team can tell 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 wager you'd have a handful around your place right now.
There are a basic few that are an excellent starting point and you won't need to be a professional to point them out. So don't keep this just to yourself share this information with loved ones and save them a lot of headaches 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 build 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 Auchenflower 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 secure your home from foraging Termites. There are many Termite Barriers offered and one to suit your house construction type. Certified Home Inspections offers a free onsite quote to accurately match your home with the right Termite Barrier.
There is a mistaken belief among property owners that houses built on slabs are not prone 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 home. We have actually carried out Building and Pest Inspections where Termites have come up through the slab and started to eat the soft pine around the edging of the carpet, leaving simply the little 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 Auchenflower. 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 coming 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 incredibly vital to have yearly Termite Inspections so we can pick up on this Termite Mudding on the side of your home. From the Slab Edge the Termites will then tunnel through the garden reaching your covered weep holes and after that get into your home.
It's not all doom and gloom though, your Termite Barrier Auchenflower team can easily show you how to lower your Termite Risk Factor.
What type of Termite Barriers are there?
Termite Bait Stations Barrier
Inground Termite Baiting Stations are set up around your 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 an experienced technician looking for Termite Activity. If and when Termites are discovered a chemical solution is added to the stations and this starts the culling procedure of Termites taking the baited chemical back to the nest. The low toxic bait breaks down the Termites Exoskeleton and they merely perish. The Termite Bait Station can be installed in concrete and earth (garden and yard). The units are approximately 20cm high and 10cm wide and sit neatly inline with the garden soil, yard or concrete.
Chemical Termite Barrier
The Chemical Termite Barrier style is a little more evasive as we have to dig down to the footing of your house. The dirt may be removed and (depending on it's condition) replaced with soil which has been treated with a chemical. It's vital to keep in mind that there are 2 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 but will potentially be taken back to the nest (For more info on Termidor take 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 concept of garden irrigation. A black plastic pipeline is dug in down to the footings of your house. It is set up in lengths of up to 12 metres. The idea behind this method is that all chemicals have an active time frame. The average is 8 years. With a reticulation system, the Termite Barrier is reactivated by merely pumping more chemical into the piping surrounding your house.
Our Termite Barrier Auchenflower Team has the experience and knowledge to create complete termite systems from the best pesticide to combat subterranean termites.
We have actually set up lots of Termite Barrier Systems and understand which will suit your home 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 totally free quote simply call our Termite Barrier Auchenflower Team on 1800 UNCOVER - 1800862683 or complete 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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