Termite Management Systems – What Are The Options?
We all know how destructive termites are. Whether you’d say you have a big termite problem or you just detected its presence, immediate action is necessary. And if you’re thinking of ignoring it, or think it’s not bad as it seems, you’re mistaken.
Termite infestation in Australia has become so bad that 4 out of 5 homes have it. In some places, all new homes must have a management system for termites. This doesn’t come cheap so, some might see it as a burden. But you have to weigh the benefits. Keeping termites out can help you maintain the house’s value, compared to it being undervalued by up to 25% or higher when you manage it.
It is important to get a building & pest inspection if you are buying a property or you have lived in the same property for a long time. Sometimes people don’t find out about termite infestation until it is too late, leading to severe damage to the property and thousands of dollars to get it fixed.
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Leading Management Systems
Since the problem has become massive, there are many solutions innovated to take care of it. Two of the most reliable treatments are chemical termite barriers and termite baiting systems. Read about how the process is done and see what suits your home best.
Chemical Termite Barriers
For this treatment, an exterminator will come to your house to create the barrier. Almost a day or a few hours are spent to finish it, depending on the size of the property. The treatment starts with digging a trench that is around 1 foot deep all around the property. Afterwards, it is flooded with the termiticide. After that, a first layer is created when the soil dug earlier is put on top of the flooded trench. Then, the process repeated until 3 or more layers are completed.
The treated soil is called a barrier because it repels the termites. But some aren’t limited to repelling the termites only. It has a toxicant that termites can pass to the others in the colony. The infection spreads a lot because the carcass of infected termites is eaten by others which makes them infected, too.
Some companies claim that the treatment could last for eight years. But it doesn’t mean it’s not checked periodically. They send people to check on the barrier to detect and treat new infestations if any are found.
Termite Baiting System (In-Ground and Above Ground)
There are two ways this is done but the principle is similar. A bait station where wood or other kinds of bait is placed to attract termites. The in-ground ones are designed, so it wouldn’t trip over anyone when it is placed in the yard and ones that are above-ground have bait in a plastic box that is attached to walls in different parts of the house.
In-Ground Bait Station
With this treatment, a tube that’s nearly 30 cm is put underground vertically. The tube contains wood as a bait. Around 24 of these are placed all around the property. These are checked monthly by an exterminator. During their visit, they refill the bait if necessary, or replace the tube.
Above the Ground Bait Station
Some choose this treatment when there is a visible infestation in the house. A hole is drilled on the wall and the bait in powder form is put inside it. Then, the hole will be encased in a box that will be locked from the outside. Monthly checking is conducted to see if the termites are feeding on the bait and if it has to be replenished.
The bait placed in both stations have a slow-acting poison that the termites are expected to carry back to the colony. Once many of them are infected, the colony becomes weak and might die off. However, they might pick another nest, so the treatment has to be maintained, so any new formation of colonies will be stopped.
Protect Your Property
The sooner you have a termite management system in your home, the better. You might be required to do that in the future and besides, you benefit from keeping termites off your property. The cost isn’t cheap and many worry about it. But the danger of having a part of your house collapse because of an undetected infestation isn’t worth the risk. Not to mention, you’ll have to spend so much more or might have to move out if it has become too severe. So, study your options, save up and never skimp on safety.
Check Your Property For Termites
The first step to getting a termite management system installed is to find out if your property is termite infested with a building and pest inspection. Contact iCertified on 1300 899 078 or book online today.