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  • Writer's pictureRobert Bate

The Pros and Cons of DIY Termite Protection and Termite Control

We often get asked, what's the difference between the termite chemicals that a licensed pest control/termite company uses to that of an off-the-shelf product that you can buy from your local hardware shops such as Bunnings or an online company?

Let’s start by looking at what chemicals are used to control termites

Repellent Termite Chemicals

Biflex for termite barriers

A repellent chemical kills termites and repels termites away from the termite treatment zone. Unfortunately, termites not affected by the repellent chemical can detect and stay away from the chemical in the soil. This means termites can remain active, exploring the area and still potentially be able to look for ways into your home. For various reasons, breaches in the treatment zone can happen making it possible for surviving termite to access your home. Repellent chemical is old termite chemical technology that most pest control companies no longer use as far superior products have superseded it. These products are safer and smarter than the repellent chemicals and use "Transfer Effect Properties".

Transfer Effect Termite Chemicals

Repellent termite chemicals for termite protection

A "transfer effect" means that when the termites come in contact with termite populations fast. This is the preferred choice for most reputable termite companies. (see more details below).

Advantages and Disadvantages of DIY Termite Protection

Now that we have a basic understanding of chemicals, let us look at the advantages and disadvantages of DYI termite protection.

Pros of DIY Termite Protection

You may save Money (short term)

Cons of DIY Termite Protection

  • Uncertainty of installing barrier correctly

  • Uncertainty of possibly locking active termites into your home

  • Exposure to chemicals and uncertainty of safe application of chemicals

  • Uncertainty of incomplete inspection, missing the tell-tale sign of active termites

  • Lack of peace of mind, wondering if your DIY treatment is working

  • DIY means NO insurance if things go wrong

Pros of using a Licensed Pest Control Company for Termite Protection

The Pros of proper termite protection

  • Your protection is covered by an insurance company – Termidor has a $2 million dollar warranty, if applied by a licensed BSA applicator.

  • Our work is insured

  • We know and work to the current Australian Standard

  • We use only chemicals that use "the transfer effect"

  • We know the correct and safe application of chemicals

  • Full professional inspection of the property

  • We use the latest technology, including the use of a thermal camera and moisture meter.

  • We have a borescope for invasive inspections

  • Our Experience in pest control means we know what we are looking for

  • Peace of mind, your house is correctly protected 100% and covered by our insurance

Is Your House Insured Against A Termite Attack?

Insurance for your termite barrier

Most house insurances will not protect you against termite attacks. If a termite barrier is breached, you need to ensure that you have insurance covering any damage. If you have your termite protection put in place by a licensed termite company, your property will be covered by insurance against any termite attacks through the Pest Control Company and being certified installers you are protected by the chemical company warranties should anything go wrong with the chemical.

Results Termite Inspection

Termite Protection with Results Home Services

At Results Home Services, we use Chemicals that are the latest in termite technology. We recommend and use either Altriset and Termidor / Termidor HE.

termidor termicide

Termidor is a chemical that is proven to be one of the most effective chemicals in treating both termites (white ants) and black ants. Termidor is water-based and has no odour; it does not leach through soil and is not damaging to micro-organisms, earthworms and plants. The active ingredient that Termidor uses is Fipronil.

altriset termiticide

Altriset is currently the safest Termiticide on the market and is only harmful to termites. Altriset is the only liquid termiticide that is exempt from poison scheduling by the Australian Regulatory Authorities. Altriset has very low toxicity to birds, fish, earthworms and even honey bees, which mean you, can protect your home with minimal impact on the environment. The active ingredient in Altriset is Chlorantraniliprole.

Here at Results Home Services, we choose to use only brand name chemicals since generic chemicals often do not meet our standard required in protecting your home against termites.

Latest technology and experience in termite and pest control

Our termite technicians are experienced and fully licensed and will recommend, treat and protect your house for termites based on a number of factors based on your home. We take a holistic approach in recommending termite protection for your home. Not only do we consider the best termite protection for your home, but we are proactive in thinking about the safety impact of you, your family, your pets and the environment when we install termite protection to your home.

  • Fully licensed and trained technicians

  • Latest technology

  • Over 30 year's industry experience

  • Thermal imaging with all termite inspections - no additional cost

  • Environmentally friendly options

  • Treatment options tailored for your property

  • Termites can be dealt with on the same day as inspection

For more information on the best treatment option for your home, please call 3823 2500 or email us for a free quote.

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