Everything you need to know about your Termite Protection
So you’ve decided it’s time to seriously look at termite protection, or perhaps you’re in the midst of a termite attack, and you’ve asked for a quote from a few different companies and found that each one is vastly different, with each offering different prices, different products, and different termite management systems. Clients tell us how stressful getting quotes for a chemical barrier can be, if only because all the quotes are so different and they are not entirely sure which one they should choose.
Don't worry. We have broken down everything you need to know when engaging a company to manage your termite protection. Each company prefers to use specific termite management systems and termiticides (termite poison), so it’s important to be clear about the level of protection you want and need.
What is a chemical barrier and what is a Termite Baiting/Monitoring System?
system. A chemical barrier or perimeter soil treatment is just that—it is a chemical barrier around your home to prevent a termite attack costing you time, money, and stress. It involves the chosen termiticide (see more about this below) being flooded in the soil surrounding the foundations of the home. This usually involves digging a 6-inch trench around the home, flooding the termiticide in the trench, and then replacing the soil. Where there is concrete and the external perimeter of the house is not “trenchable,” the concrete will be drilled (holes 200-300mm apart) and the termiticide injected into the soil below. Of course, not all homes are built identically, so a qualified timber pest professional will need to identify where the treated zones should be in order to provide continuous chemical protection.
A monitoring/baiting system involves installing termite bait stations around the home (usually 3 meters apart) and baiting them with a termite-preferred timber. The key to this form of termite management is regular inspections by a qualified timber pest inspector (this is the monitoring part of the system). The baits should be inspected every 8-12 weeks, treating active stations as needed and replacing baits as needed. Simply installing the system and then not following up with the required inspections is a waste of your time and money.
Barrier or Baits? That is the question!
The advantage of a chemical barrier is that it requires a lower level of maintenance (usually one inspection per year) rather than at least five per year with the monitoring/baiting system (four quarterly bait inspections plus one annual termite inspection). A chemical barrier also offers complete protection from termites, as there is the possibility that termites might bypass the baits and head into the home regardless. The other advantage of a chemical barrier is that it carries a warranty, whereas termite baits usually do not but this will depend on the company. This means that should termites penetrate the complete and continuous chemical barrier, all the repair and treatment costs will be covered by your warranty.