Termite Treatment Types, What is the Best?
Approved methods of preventative termite control (white ants) are covered by Australian Standard AS 3660.2—2017, Termite management. The Standard must be followed in the control of termites as it is the Law. All of the treatments listed below are suitable for termite elimination and depending on the situation, where they are located is what we will choose. Termite Treatment types include:
- Dusting Treatments.
Termidor dust has 0.5% fipronil mixed in powder. It eliminates most types of Subterranean termites. The fipronil is transferred among termites via Termidors unique “Transfer EffectTM”. So what does that mean? When the workers come in contact with the powder, it is coated on their body and they also ingest the powder, delivering the termite dust to other termites by way of feeding and contact. So it spreads the active like a disease throughout the colony. Termidor Dust can only be applied by professional Pest Control Operators directly on to the termites in their workings and directly in to the nest. In the past there was arsenic dust but this dust while effective it was extremely dangerous. Several treatments may be required before termites are eliminated from the structure.
- Foaming Treatments.
Foaming Treatments work similar to dusting and is delivered by way of injecting into termite workings, nests and where they are feeding within the structure. The foam is also palatable to termites. Certified home inspections uses termidor foam. The Foam has also been specifically designed with 0.05g/kg of fipronil, making sure the product does not kill too quickly allowing the foam spread throughout the colony. This makes the Foam an effective treatment for the elimination of termites in any structure.
- Termite Baiting Treatments.
Termite baits usually comprise of luring compound/attractant, pure cellulose and Chlorfluazuron or hexaflumuron. Chlorfluazuron and hexaflumuron are an IGR. (insect growth regulator). Disrupting the repair of chitin in termites. Chitin is the main component in the exoskeletons of termites. Termites poisoned by chlorfluazuron will not be able to regrow their chitin to repair their exoskeletons. The active ingredient will disrupt and hinder the growth of all termites within the colony. This will eventually kill them as they attempt to molt. The workers will slowly die over weeks causing shortage of workers to forage for food to feed the colony. The affected colony slowly starves from the food shortage and will eventually eliminate the colony.
Termite Barrier Protection
Once all white ants have been eliminated from the building it is recommended a termite barrier be installed to stop other colonies from coming back. It is almost 100% that another colony will find your home as the previous colony has left pheromone trails making it easy to enter your home.
- Termite Baiting and Monitoring System
A Termite Baiting and Monitoring system is designed to monitor your home for termite activity and when they consume the bait it will eliminate termites and their colonies before they enter the building. These systems have come along way and the modern baiting systems are protecting your home right away. The reason is the baits are already in the stations. The older types did not have bait in them but was applied once active termites were found.
The termite bait stations are installed at 3 to 4 meters apart around your property in order to detect and control termite colonies. The stations are checked periodically and bait is replaced in those stations in which the termites have consumed. Once a colony is controlled, monitoring continues to help protect your home.
Monitoring and baiting can be done without entering your home, so the service can be performed easily and without disrupting your schedule. Once the stations have been checked a report will be sent.
There are an abundance of DIY versions available for purchase but the baits used must still applied by a licensed pest controller.
Please Note: Chemical treatments can only be carried out by fully licensed pest controllers
Treated Zones (Chemical Termite Barrier)
After all of the termites have been eliminated within the building and the grounds a liquid termiticide Treated Zone should be installed.
This process involves trenching around the perimeter of the house where the soil abuts the house and treating the soil and back filling . or drilling and pressure injecting through concrete paths.
Drilling holes and pressure injecting the chemical through concrete areas. In the case of concrete pathways we will always recommend to cut the concrete and the concrete be removed. This is because the treated zone will guaranteed to be continuous. This method is a lot more expensive but will be superior to the cheaper traditional and popular drill and inject method.
But the choice is yours and you have to decide whether you can afford the extra money for doing this.
The types chemical termiticides are:
Repellent Termite Barrier Bifenthrin.
Bifenthrin is a Synthetic Pyrethroid and acts as repellent and contact poison. Bifenthrin is generally longer lasting. Furthermore it was the first chemical to be used after the Organophosphates were banned in the use of termite control due to the harmful effects on the environment and to humans. We do not use Bifenthrin as there are the latest technology chemicals which are far more effective and actually reduce the pressure of termites in and around buildings.
Termidor is a non detectable termiticide and termites cant detect it and cannot avoid the treatment. It has the unique TRANSFER EFFECT™. Which can eliminate colonies around the building.
Termidor will prevent concealed termite entry to structures up to 8 years on all Subterranean TERMITE SPECIES. –Additionally it has not had a failure in over 15 years. Certified home inspections only uses Termidor .
The New Termidor H E, A new level of effectiveness
- Termidor HE is an advanced formulation of the same powerful active ingredient that has made the original Termidor the most trusted and effective termite treatments.
- H E spreads much further through the soil than older treatments. This creates a more even and effective treatment zone termites cannot detect.
- It binds strongly to organic matter in the soil and, as long as the soil isn’t disturbed, stays in place for up to 8 years. So it’s not just superior protection at the start. It goes on providing the highest level of protection year after year.
- Provides an effective termite treated zone
- Spreads and binds well in soil
- Kills most termite species
- No odour
- Low risk to humans and the environment
- Provides long term protection.
Imidaclorprid non repellant.
Premise is a non repellent similar to termidor termiticide and is the first non repellent on the market .
It is non repellent and termites will move freely through the treated area. Then it is transferred back to the colony and can result in colony elimination.
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