Termite Barriers: Protection for existing homes
Termites damage homes fast, The Pest Company can ensure you are in the right place when is comes to protecting your home using a termite barrier/treated zone. We have 18 years trading experience, some of our long term repeat customers are still using us after 17 years. We have the right people within our business to ensure you will be provided with the best available options when it comes to protecting your home.
Protecting a Home against Termites is a difficult job for any Termite Technician in the Industry. Most of all, it’s not always the Termites and the ability of protecting a property, it’s more dealing with the Construction methods used during the build. Houses built into hills with masses of soil built up against walls always pose a threat and so do houses constructed on a concrete slab or homes with a sub-floor with timber flooring on bearers and joists.
Providing protection for us at The Pest Company will always be a case to case scenario. A clear indication of what system should be used and how to apply it is always done by first having a Termite Inspection completed, then we can provide options on the best solution in termite protection. What no-one ever knows is if a termite nest is buried under the grounds of your property or a neighbouring property! so protecting a property is essential.
Providing termite protection to any property requires experience and skill, backed by a licensed company like The Pest Company that is insured and can offer a $100,000.00 Timber Replacement Warranty * Conditions apply as not every home will comply. Sometimes a Termite Management Program may involve multiple systems to protect a property. All Termite Management systems require annual Termite inspections and some more at risk houses requiring 3 or 6 month inspections. Rest assure we have treated and protected thousands of properties over the past 18 years giving us the essential experience required to manage property’s from Termite ingress.
Options are available to install a reticulation line during the process of installing a chemical barrier/ Treated Zone, this is not essential on an existing home, unless a new concrete path/extension is to be installed. If in doubt always call us first 1300 552 234.
Drilling – Lets be honest, some property’s will require concrete paths, tiles and patios to apply the termiticide to the soil surrounding the property. There are many different surfaces and situations that require dirlling or in some cases removal of the concrete is an option. Most importantly at TPC we ensure we explain the process and options prior to the treatment. TPC provide a Termite Management Proposal in accordance with the Australian Standards AS3660.2-2017 (existing buildings) and AS3660.1-2014 (new buildings). Not every home is the same so we offer a range of different applications especially when it comes to drilling holes and the way in which we seal them on completion.
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Termite treatment – Treating live active termites with an approved chemical requires patience and skill, especially when using chemical applications that may include termite foaming or termite dusting applications. The most important step is not to disturb the termites, this helps in the treatment process. Active termites must be present to allow a treatment of “active” termites possible as the termites need to transfer the chemical to each other and back to the nest to achieve an effective eradication. This type of treatment is an indirect treatment where we are actually not directly treating the nest as the nest maybe hidden well beneath the ground or 50 meters away.
Termite Barrier & Management Program – What’s involved!
Yes, we have the right equipment to get the job done/, however it is about the people behind the installations that make all the difference.
- A visual Termite Inspection must be completed to all surrounding areas including the structure prior to any treatments.
- Once termites have been located and we have identified the termite species, they must be treated with minimum disturbance as possible to ensure the treatment is applied onto the termites so they are directly treated with the chemical to start the transfer effect. The termites must come in direct contact with the termiticide to be a successful treatment. The termite treatment application is part of the termite management program which is an essential part that must always be completed by a Licensed and experienced termite management technician. The best known products used within the industry are licensed products that only licensed technicians can apply. Most DIY products available to the public will not transfer to the colony and will most likely be an unsuccessful treatment that will result in ongoing termites issues and mass termite damage to the property.
- Once the termites have been treated the areas are to be closed up ie Taped or covered to allow minimum disturbance to the working termites as they transfer the termiticide to each other.
- Patience – Waiting at least 3 -4 weeks is required to give the termites time to travel back and forth from the site to the nest to help in the process of eliminating the colony (nest). Taking your time at this stage is critical in ensuring a successful eradication of the termites from the property and colony elimination.
- Re inspection of the areas treated – A further invasive inspection is now required and assistance from a qualified builder is always considered an essential part of the invasive inspection. All areas treated should be opened to allow a visual inspection of all damaged areas. Why ? – 1. To check for live active termites, if found further treatments are required. 2. To determine structural damage 3. To find termite entry points.
- Once the property has been checked and assessed by a qualified and licensed builder and the live active termites are no longer visible, then a Termite Barrier/treated zone can be applied or an Interception & Baiting System.
We can protect properties from Termites, It will just depend on what product or solution is best suited for your home. Call us now on 1300 552 234
Termite Barrier Cost
Termite Barriers and Treated zones that are installed to manage homes from termite ingress are cheap compared to the cost of replacing termite damage to framing timbers, roof void timbers, skirting boards, architraves, flooring & window frames, just to name a few. Not to mention the effect it can have on the value of the property when it comes time to sell. Most infestations are in the ten of thousands.
How do you know the cost of a termite barrier on your home, well there is no simple answer for this question as there are many factors that will effect the price of a termite barrier like,
- The depth of the soil that surrounds the perimeter of the property being the distance from the top of the soil down to the top of the footings/foundation of the property. The deeper they are the more trenching and more chemical required.
- Whether drilling concrete or tiled areas is required, removing and replacing pavers against the home, all add to the cost and time installing the barrier
- The type of soil around the home, some soil types may need to be replaced to ensure the chemical life expectancy can be achieved
- Abutting structures or timber deckings or large trees or stumps close to the exterior walls that need to be removed prior installing the barrier
- Is there any drainage issues at the property that need to be rectified
- Is the home an infill slab or monolithic slab
- Does the home have a sub-floor where the flooring is built above ground on Bearers and Joists, where at times further protection is also required to the internal areas of the subfloor as well as the external perimeter adding further works that increase the price of a Termite Barrier.
- Does the construction of the home limit the effectiveness of a termite chemical barrier to the point that a Interception & Baiting system would be a better option for protection of the home
- Chemical selection also plays a part in price
- The average cost of a Standard 3 – 4 bedroom home that is constructed on a concrete slab in South East Queensland and Northern NSW is estimated at $2500 – $5000.
No property is the same and some property’s are not suited for a Termite Chemical Barrier application due to construction limitations, call our team of experts now for an estimate an discussion about your home. 1300 552 234
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