What Are The Different Kinds Of Termite Treatment?
Got white ants? You might have spotted a few stray ants around. If you’re sure they’re not ants and are, in fact, termites, you will need a professional to come out and assess the situation. There are a number of reasons to have termites exterminated immediately. If you’ve seen termites in or around your home, you probably already have an infestation. This could lead to disastrous outcomes for the buildings.
Termites can remain unseen and unheard of. By the time you do see them, they’ve colonised well. We understand that pest control is an unanticipated expense you’d rather avoid. In our experience, it’s more cost-effective (and less distressing). It saves you from paying for repairs to your buildings following an infestation. Are you wondering what a termite extermination exercise entails? Familiarise yourself with this popular and effective termite treatment.
If you’re reading this after discovering a few termites in your home, it might be too late for preventative measures. For those currently building or planning to build, take note. Well-planned preventative measures can keep your house free from termites for up to 8 years. The most popular termite preventative treatments are;
Physical Barrier Methods
A barrier method entails one of two approaches. We deliver it with a chemical in the soil or with a physical barrier under the soil. Both are a part of the building process, although we can also do it in an existing house.
Physical barriers place a wall-like structure under the ground. Thus, preventing termites from being able to reach the building. The physical barrier goes in the foundations around the perimetre of the house. The barrier is a termiticide impregnated polymer sheet.
It looks like a plastic sheet which is resistant to termite damage and the termites can’t cross it or chew their way through. Installing it is labour-intensive but highly effective once complete. It has to in a concrete slab or in a brick wall cavity under the ground. Our professional team members have to be aware of service entry points (plumbing and electricity) and work around that.
Chemical treatments can deter termites from approaching your house. They can also prevent termites from crossing the line. Chemical treatments are easier to install. You will need to top them up every 5 years in order to remain effective.
The frequency of top-ups depends on various external factors. For example; your soil type and consistency, the prevalence of termites in the region, and the way in which your home lies. The lay of the building will also determine the installation method. It generally entails creating reticulation lines which we top up when necessary. Expect some drilling and trenching around the home.
Exterminating active colonies
There are a number of ways to address active colonies and current infestation on the property. As the property owner, you can minimise the feeding matter by removing dead or rotting wood and cutting water supplies.
Fix leaky taps and remove moisture sources. Ensure that you treat all wood and wooden items on the property against white ants. A team of professionals will employ the following tactic to remove active colonies.
There are fast-acting baiting stations and slow-acting baiting stations. The slow-acting baits offer a more long term effect. It involves a slow-acting chemical applied to the feeding grounds of the termites, or bait is set out for the termites.
One of our qualified pest control experts will regularly top up the bait and the toxin (which is always pet-friendly and family safe). The termites will carry the toxin-laden bait into the colony where it spreads around. The slower acting the poison, the deeper into the nest it can penetrate.
This is the procedure most people dread. If there are termites within the walls of a dwelling fumigation is the best way to get rid of them. You can have this confirmed by a professional. Fumigation ensures no further damage will come to the structure of your building.
The first day will see a large tarpaulin cover going over your house. The second day will see the aeration phase in which the fumigation takes place. Day three will see the certification for re-entry, meaning it is safe for occupation again.
Treating the wooden products and structures on your property is imperative. It will eliminate the primary food source that attracts termites. Wood treatments can also eliminate the termite species that burrow in wood and already have a presence on your property. It relies on a variety of termiticides like Disodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate.
The Benefits Of Using Qualified Professionals for Termite Treatment
It’s tempting to resort to DIY measures when you spot a few termites around the property. Perhaps you’re lucky enough to find a colony. The danger in a DIY approach is not worth the risk. Professionals come in with equipment and knowledge.
We check the structure of your house to ensure it is still safe (termites are able to follow a house out almost completely undetected). We use the equipment for Termite Treatment to identify termites within walls and track down colonies in distant corners that are problematic. As an amateur, chances are you are only treating the tip f the iceberg while the real damage continues, out of sight.