Live in Runaway Bay and been told you need a Termite Barrier?
Each of our Termite Barrier Runaway Bay 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 Runaway Bay house fits into the Termite Activity Risk Factor Scale which has 5 levels.
- Low to Moderate
- Moderate to High
Our certified Termite Barrier Runaway Bay Team can tell you 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. Exactly what is a Conducive Environment? Well I can bet you'd have a handful around your place right now.
There are a simple few that are a great starting point and you won't need to be an expert to point them out. So do not keep this simply to yourself share this info 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 create a home of their own. During your next Termite Inspection our Termite Barrier Runaway Bay 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 safeguard your house from foraging Termites. There are lots of Termite Barriers available and one to match your house construction type. Certified Home Inspections offers a totally free onsite quote to precisely match your home with the proper Termite Barrier.
There is a mistaken belief among homeowners 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 correctly and you'll have Termites in your home. We have conducted 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 just 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 Runaway Bay. 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.
Newer houses on a concrete slab from 1995 would have a Physical Moisture/ Termite Blanket set up to stop Termites showing 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 extremely important to have annual Termite Inspections so we can pick up on this Termite Mudding on the side of the house. From the Slab Edge the Termites will then tunnel through the garden reaching your covered weep holes then access into your house.
It's not all doom and gloom though, your Termite Barrier Runaway Bay 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 home 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 qualified technician searching for Termite Activity. If and when Termites are found a chemical solution is added to the stations and this begins the culling process of Termites taking the baited chemical back to the colony. The low toxic bait breaks down the Termites Exoskeleton and they just perish. The Termite Bait Station can be installed in concrete and earth (garden and yard). The systems 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 design is a bit more evasive as we need to dig to the footing of the house. The dirt may be removed and (depending on it's condition) replaced with soil which has been treated with a chemical. It's important to keep in mind that there are 2 main chemical characteristics offered. 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 very best money can buy and will not only kill Termites but will possibly be taken back to the colony (For more info 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. Really similar to the concept of garden watering. A black plastic pipe is dug in down to the footings of your home. It is set up in lengths of up to 12 metres. The idea behind this method is that all chemicals have an active timespan. 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 Runaway Bay Team has the experience and knowledge to create complete termite systems from the best pesticide to combat subterranean termites.
We have actually set up many Termite Barrier Systems and know which will fit 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 just call our Termite Barrier Runaway Bay 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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