When it comes to termite treatment, there’s a lot of different advice out there. One termite controller may recommend one course of termite treatment while another might make an entirely different suggestion.
Treatments depend on building design and where the termites are entering the building whether baiting and monitoring treatments are used or whether a more traditional method such as a termiticide barrier is used. There’s no point treating a concrete slab perimeter if termites are entering through a slab penetration.
Today, modern termite/white ant control products are more advanced and successful than ever before. However it still requires specialist skills and extensive experience to get it right and avoid the disasters of selecting the wrong termite treatment method or product to suit your situation
Termite Technology will guide and advise you through the best treatment method for your home from start to finish and will provide all information including inspection reports and proposals for all work undertaken.
Termite Treatments used by Termite Technology.
Termite Baiting and Monitoring System
A Termite Baiting and Monitoring System is a great alternative to a Chemically Treated Zone if the use of chemical is unwanted or if it is not practical to install a Chemically Treated Zone due to the design construction of a property. The System we use is called Exterra.
Exterra termite baiting and monitoring system
The Exterra Termite Baiting and Monitoring System is designed to intercept foraging termites and concentrate their feeding in the stations. In-ground Stations containing non-toxic timber interceptors are embedded in the soil around the perimeter of the property. These contain FOCUS which is a Termite Attractant designed to decrease the amount of time needed for initial termite interception (presence of termites in the Stations). This is made possible by the termite attractive nature of FOCUS. The Stations are inspected on a regular basis for the presence of foraging termites.
After interception has occurred in an In-ground Station, REQUIEM Termite Bait is added to the Station. The active ingredient in REQUIEM is a Chitin Synthesis Inhibitor that works by inhibiting the termite body’s ability to synthesise the compound chitin, a key component of a termite’s exoskeleton (outer skeleton). Without chitin termites cannot complete their natural moulting process. If they do not moult they die. The termite colony’s consumption of REQUIEM results in the elimination of the colony.
When a colony has been eliminated, any remaining unconsumed REQUIEM Termite Bait is removed. At the same time fresh timber interceptors are placed in the Stations. The Stations continue to be monitored on a regular basis to protect against the possibility of newly invading termite colonies attacking your property.
Where termites are located feeding within an accessible part of your property, Above-ground Stations containing REQUIEM Termite Bait are installed at the point of infestation. This may require inserting small screws into decorative surfaces such as door jambs and walls, and the creation of small access holes in a structural surface to enable termites to enter the Station. These Stations are removed once the colony has been eliminated.
Numerous independent scientific studies, and years of use have shown that REQUIEM Termite Bait has a very low level of mammalian toxicity, even at very high levels of exposure, so it does not pose any risk to you, your family, the environment or your pets.
This is because the active ingredient in REQUIEM is specific to chitin, as explained earlier, and this is unique to insects. For your further security REQUIEM is safely contained within child-resistant, tamper-resistant Stations.
The EXTERRA System offers you environmentally responsible and highly effective termite management.
Chemical Barriers Chemicals that are used to kill termites are called termiticides. Termiticides have differing modes of action, and several methods are used to apply them. For many new buildings, creation of a termiticide-treated layer of soil surrounding and under the building form an integrated barrier together with the physical methods described above.
Did you know a Termites can travel up to 50 m underground to get into your house.
The termiticide is applied to the soil under the slab and around the footings, pipes, conduits and other structures of the house during construction to create a vertical barrier. Further loosened soil around the perimeter of the house, including around all pipes and service facilities, is treated during and after construction to from a horizontal barrier. Timber intended for use in the construction of houses, outbuildings, fences and other outdoor structures is often treated with chemicals by dipping and pressure or vacuum impregnation.
The termiticide used may repel termites, it may kill those that enter the treated area or attract the insects and then kill them, or it may be taken back to the nest on the bodies of the termites where it kills most of the colony by contact. With currently approved termiticides, an underfloor barrier may be effective for 4 to 10 years and an external barrier for 2 to 6 years, depending on climate, soil conditions and soil disturbance.
To successfully complete termite barriers for existing buildings, strategic drilling through concrete slabs, porches, floors and wall footings may be needed, as well as under-floor treatment.
Do you think you have Termites?
If you think you have termites or you have found a suspect skirting board or door frame it is very important not to disturb or break open the damaged timber or workings as the termites will backtrack from the disturbed area and possibly begin damaging elsewhere in your home.
The first thing to do is call us now on 0488 11 20 40. At Termite Technology we offer a free onsite service to quote on the best treatment method for your home.