Statistics say that 1 in 3 Gold Coast homes will be attacked by Termites (White Ants), below are some of the Termite Protection options that you can use to reduce your risk of attack and minimise termite damage.
A physical barrier is designed to prevent concealed termite entry to a house and is installed at the time of construction in accordance with Australian Standard™ AS 3660.1 – 2000 Termite management Part 1: New building work. It provides Termite Protection by forcing termites to track over the physical barrier enabling termite inspectors to visually identify termite mudding. A durable notice is usually found in the meter box if a physical barrier has been installed.
A Chemical Barrier is a layer of soil against the external perimeter of a house that extends down the footings that has been treated with either a repellent or a non-repellent termiticide, in accordance with Australian Standard™ AS 3660.2 – 2000 Termite management Part 2: In and around existing buildings and structures – Guidelines. A durable notice is usually found in the meter box if a chemical barrier has been installed.
Differences between a Repellent and a Non-repellent Termiticide
- Repellent termiticides provides Termite Protection by causing termites to track over the chemical barrier exposing themselves and enabling termite inspectors to visually identify termite mudding.
- Non-repellent termiticides provides Termite Protection by allowing termites to track through the chemical barrier infecting the termites causing them to transfer the chemical to other termites in the colony to kill them.
It is worth noting that a chemical barrier is not suitable for all types of home construction.
A Termite Baiting and Monitoring System provides Termite Protection by intercepting foraging termites in stations placed at intervals around your home and then to concentrate their feeding in the stations by providing them with a preferred food source. This food source is then taken back to feed the colony resulting in the elimination of that colony. A durable notice should be permanently fixed to the building, often found in the meter box and a Certificate of Termite Treatment provided.
Termite Baiting and Monitoring Systems are generally easier and less intrusive to install than Chemical Barriers and are suitable for all types of home construction.