Live in Mount Cotton and been informed you require a Termite Barrier? Each of our Termite Barrier Mount Cotton 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 Mount Cotton house fits into the Termite Activity Risk Factor termite barrier Mount Cotton risk factorScale which has 5 levels.
- Low to Moderate
- Moderate to High
Our licensed Termite Barrier Mount Cotton Team can tell you what Risk Factor your house falls under and why. From there we can organise an onsite Termite Protection Quote.
Conducive Environments that draw in Termites would put you in a greater Risk Factor. Exactly what is a Conducive Environment? Well I can wager you'd have a handful around your place right now.
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There are a basic few that are a terrific starting point and you won't have to be a specialist to point them out. So do not keep this just to yourself share this information with family and friends and save them a great deal of hassles too!
Here are a few Conducive Environments around your house that can attract Termites
A garden against a house is an attractant for 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.
Hot water system leaking to ground can attract 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.
Stumps left in the ground can attract termites
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.
Timber sleepers break down over time and can be a perfect place for a termite nest
(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 produce a home of their own. During your next Termite Inspection our Termite Barrier Mount Cotton team can run you through these areas of concern. The same Inspectors do the barrier installations as well as the Termite Inspections
The concept 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 provides a totally free onsite quote to precisely match your home with the proper Termite Barrier.
There is a misconception among homeowners that houses built on slabs are not susceptible 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 conducted Building and Pest Inspections where Termites have come up through the slab and began to eat the soft pine around the edging of the carpet, leaving simply the little carpet nails and brittle sleeves of pine.
Water leak to plumbing is a massive attractant for termites
Here is a leaking water pipe that was feeding a tap above it. Found during an installation of a Termite Barrier in Mount Cotton. 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 homes on a concrete slab from 1995 would have a Physical Moisture/ Termite Blanket set up to stop Termites turning up through any cracking. While adding some Termite Protection, all it in fact does is push Termites to the slab edge. This is why it's very vital to have annual Termite Inspections so we can detect 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 then get into your home.
It's not all doom and gloom though, your Termite Barrier Mount Cotton team can easily show you how to lower your Termite Risk Factor.
The three stages of a Chemical Termite Barrier in Mount Cotton
There are different Termite Barrier Types
Inground Termite Baiting Stations are set up around the house every 3 metres. These Termite Bait Stations are filled with sleeves of eucalyptus timbers which Termites show more favour towards. These stations are monitored every 6 to 10 weeks by a trained technician searching for Termite Activity. If and when Termites are found a chemical solution is added to the stations and this starts the culling procedure of Termites taking the baited chemical back to the colony. The low toxic bait breaks down the Termites Exoskeleton and they merely perish. The Termite Bait Station can be set up in concrete and earth (garden and lawn). The devices are roughly 20cm high and 10cm wide and sit nicely inline with the garden soil, lawn or concrete.
Chemical Termite Barrier
The Chemical Termite Barrier style is a bit more evasive as we need 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 crucial to keep in mind that there are 2 main chemical characteristics 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 just kill Termites however will potentially be taken back to the nest (For more details on Termidor take a look at our Termite Treatment page). We are not interested in simply 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. Very similar to the concept of garden watering. 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 concept 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 simply pumping more chemical into the piping surrounding your house.
Our Team has the experience and knowledge to create complete termite systems from the best pesticide to combat subterranean termites.
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We have installed numerous 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 free quote just call our Termite Barrier Mount Cotton Team on 1800 UNCOVER - 1800862683 or fill out 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