Termite Barriers for Pre-construction
If you are building a new home or renovating an existing building, termite barriers must be installed as per the Australian Standards 3660.1 The purpose of the barrier is to deter concealed entry by termites into a building. Termites can build around barriers but their workings or evidence thereof is then in the open, where they may be detected more readily during regular inspections.
Where barrier systems for termite management will be installed, the designer should complete all construction details giving due consideration to the Australian building standards before works commence. The requirements of an effective barrier can then be established for the particular site and adjustments made for any building characteristics.
In the past, pest repellents were regularly used as a method for deterring termites from entering one’s home. The main problem with the old fashioned repellents was that they worked by repelling termites, but the clever pests were able to simply find another entry to your home instead. The other problem was some termites try to avoid repellent and unlike ants, the pesticides cannot be used for transferring toxins back to the colony. This is where termites barriers comes in handy so that you are able to target termites without their knowledge and win the war by outsmarting them.
There are a wide variety of barrier models you can find that can help you prevent termites from entering your house. They can be either physical or chemical barriers, and sometimes the best thing to do is to choose a combination of both to achieve the maximum pest management effect. The technique we have used commonly around a lot of homes in Sydney involves chemical and physical barriers, a setup for termite baiting system, and a bit of backyard clean up. Doing this will deliver surprisingly fast results for eliminating termites from your property altogether. With some simple organisation and forethought you will be able to get rid of them once and for all.
Concrete slabs can be used as a barrier but must be designed so that cracks passing through the slab or footing do not exceed 1mm in width through the depth of the slab.
All interfaces between penetrations and slab footing must be provided with a barrier integrated with the slab and have all joints (except for tied footing slab construction joints) provided with a termite wall system integrated with the slab (basically a slab on its own is not suitable; it will need integrated barrier as well).
A graded particle barrier shall consist of particles that are termite resistant, graded and shaped so that a sufficient proportion of the particles are of a size that cannot be transported by foraging termite species and are able to be placed in a manner so that the voids between particles do not permit the penetration of foraging termites.
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Sheet material termites barriers and their joints shall consist of materials that are termite resistant and through which termites cannot pass. For perforated sheet material barriers, the maximum aperture size can not permit the penetration of foraging termite species found in the region.
A physical metal wall can be fitted when a house is still being built or it can be added afterwards. Physical walls are made out of materials that termites are not capable of eating its way through like for example crushed rock or metal. The barrier can be placed in various parts of the building such as wall cavities, in the foundation, or under the concrete slabs.
Another good way that you can create a physical termite barrier is to seal up all of the holes that are in your roof and brickwork so that termites would not be able to find an entry spot. You can also try placing ant caps on top of stumps in order to push the termites into an area where they can be detected easily. You have to be very diligent about this since termites are very small creatures and can be very elusive.Call us (02) 8007 4666 about termite barriers!
A chemical barrier must be termite resistant and consist of a product registered by the National Registration Authority for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (NRA) and approved for that purpose. On the other hand, a chemical barrier is something that can also be placed under slabs or foundations as the house is still being under construction. You can also try using a chemical obstacles in a remedial way, by placing it in the soil in an area where the termites won’t be able to avoid it. Chemical obstacles are undetectable by termites so that they can then carry it back to the nest and spread it throughout the whole colony. This is a very effective method that you can utilise in your war against the pests.
We use and recommend Home Guard – Termites. Home guard has many different types of physical barriers available. We are able to supply and install all of the home guard products available. Ask us a question about termite protection for your property. The Home Guard Termite Management System is a physical barrier product that keeps subterranean termites out from your going near your property. (RELATED: How to get rid of termites.)
TermX Replenishment System
Our company also use TermX Replenishment System which is a reticulation piping system installed prior to construction or around the perimeter of an existing home, it is then pumped with a registered termiticide. Depending on the termiticide used and the termite pressure in the area it would vary how frequently you would have to charge the system. Generally it would have to be done every few years.
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There are some times when more than one strategy might be required so that you can successfully fight termites. While the more efficient models of chemicals might work very well, Robert your local pest controller provides the most complete solution to ensure termites can do no harm to your property. We can also recommend appropriate baiting systems, as well as monitoring termite movement around your property. If you suspect that there is any kind of termite activity in the area of your property you should contact our professional experts for advice as soon as possible. We are well aware of what you will have to do in any case and can be of great help in your fight against the home destroying termites.
Note, if you find out about the pests when it is already too late, a termite barrier might not work for you anymore. In the unfortunate event that this happens you can simply call our professional and highly experienced pest controller to come and help you get rid of the termites for good. They have the necessary equipment and knowledge to exterminate the termites once and for all.
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Visit our pest control termite page to get an outline of some things you can do today in your Sydney home or business premises to help reduce the number of termites attacking your home. If you want to prevent the termites or have the termites removed the first time to save you the time and hassle, contact our experts today. We are licensed pest and building professionals and members of the Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association.
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In the past, some people used pest repellents as a means of deterring termites from entering their homes. The main problem that these old fashioned repellents have with termites is that the only thing they do to do them is to repel them, however the termites are clever enough to look for another point of entry into the home. This is why they can be deemed to be pretty useless against the little pests. The other big problem with repellents is that since termites tend to avoid them, they cannot be used as a means of making the termites transport any kind of toxin back into the colony. However, this is where the termite management systems come in handy. By using a termite barrier you can target the termites without them knowing it and you will win the war with your brains rather than force.
There are a number of different types of termite barriers available on the market that can help prevent the termites from entering your home. The two most used and widely known options are the physical walls and the chemical obstacles. In addition, sometimes people tend to use a mix of the two in order to be even more secure. As a matter of fact, perhaps the best possible strategy for fighting off termites includes both chemical and physical termite barriers, a baiting system, and a bit of yard clean up. By only having a simple organisation of your things and putting a little bit of thought to the whole thing, you will be able to get rid of the termites once and for all.
Physical Termites Barriers
A physical termite barrier can be fitted into a house as it is still being under construction, or it can be added at a later point in time. Physical walls are made up from materials that termites are unable to eat through. Some examples of widely known and used physical walls include rock and metal ones. These types of protection against termites are usually placed in a variety of parts of the building including wall cavities, foundations, under concrete slabs, and such.
Another good way that you can set up physical barrier in your home is by sealing up all of the holes found on your roof and brickwork. This way the termites will be left with no point of entry to the home. In addition, you can also use ant caps in order to push the termites into an area in which they can be much more easily detected with the naked eye. However, you have to be careful about this as termites are very small creatures. You have to be prepared for a tough battle. Finally, do not be misled that they will give up without a fight.
Chemical Termite Barrier
A chemical termites barriers can also be placed under slabs or in the foundations of the home as it still being under construction. Another way that you can use a chemical barrier is by placing it in the soil somewhere in the area around your home where termites won’t be able to avoid it. Usually, a chemical obstacle is undetectable for the termites and it works by having them carry it back to the nest and spread it throughout the whole colony.
A chemical barrier is very lethal for them as they won’t be able to notice it until it is too late and it has already been spread. In addition, the poison used in most of the obstacles are quick and efficient against pests, however it is completely safe for humans so you should not worry that the termites might bring it to your home as well.
In some cases it might be for the best that you implement more than one strategy at once in order to fight off the invasion of the termites. While the efficient chemical termites barriers might work very well, the truth is that the best way to get rid of all termites once and for all is by contacting a professional pest controller. They will be able to take action using the proper tools such as baiting systems and pest exterminators and make sure that all of the pests are gone for good. If you are under the impression that there might be some termites spread around your home it would be for the best to contact a professional pest control company and have them make an inspection. You can never be too careful.Call us 02 8007 4666 about termites barriers!