Protect your property from termites
With their ability to silently destroy properties, termites are known to be one of the most destructive insects in the world. These pests may be small, yet they can damage huge buildings and structures without being noticed, leading to significant financial losses for property owners. That is why termite is one of the reasons people end up seeking pest control services.
While pest control treatments can effectively eliminate termites, preventing these insects from entering your property will save you from a lot of trouble. As a pro-active measure, professional pest control companies offer termite barriers that are designed to protect homes and buildings from termites.
As a property owner, there are a lot of things that you should know about termites control and prevention. We’ve answered some of the most common questions that property owners have regarding termite prevention and elimination.
How many termite varieties are there?
In Australia, there are about 360 termite species. However, three termite varieties are commonly found in a termite infestation in Australia: Subterranean termites, Dampwood termites, and Drywood termites.
Which termites cause damage to a property?
While the majority of termites are beneficial to the ecosystem, there are certain species of termite that damage structural properties. These destructive termites are Subterranean termites, Dampwood termites, and Drywood termites.
Considered as one of the world’s most damaging pests, subterranean termites are known for their destructive effects on wood structures. As their survival depends on moisture, subterranean termites create their nest on moist ground. On the other hand, dampwood termites feast on moist rotting wood. They cause damages to wooden structures of buildings by creating big passageways in the areas where they live. Another termite that damages properties are drywood termites. Existing inside the timber itself, these pests infest both hardwood and softwood timber.
How do you protect your property from termite damage?
As protection from termite invasion, your property needs to undergo an annual termite inspection. There are two ways to conduct a termite inspection: visual inspection and thermal imaging.
A visual termite inspection covers areas of your property that are visually accessible. The technician will identify termite activities in those areas and pinpoint the termite species that exist in the property. On the other hand, thermal imaging termite inspection makes use of a thermal imaging camera to detect termites with accuracy. Using the camera, the technician will scan walls and other wooden structures. The heat emitted by the camera helps find termites that cannot be detected through visual inspection.
What product do we recommend for effective termite elimination?
To put an end to a termite infestation, we highly recommend using Termidor, a non-repellent chemical that offers several benefits. First, Termidor is known for its “transfer effect”, which effectively eliminates not only a single termite but an entire colony. Secondly, Termidor is a safe chemical to use because its main ingredient, Fipronil, is safe for humans, as well as pets like dogs and cats. Lastly, Termidor guarantees a long-term effect, which can last for up to 8 years.
What should you do when you discover termites in your property?
Once you confirm the existence of termites, you should contact an experienced pest control technician right away. At A1 Pest Control Canberra, the technicians apply BASF Termidor dust on the termites. Since these pests are blind and are social insects by nature, these termites will carry the BASF Termidor dust on their bodies and rub it up against other termites whenever they meet. This is an effective way to spread the pesticide and eliminate the entire termite colony. The Termidor will kill the termites even before they come back to their nest.
What should you avoid when you discover termites in your property?
Avoid any movement that may disturb termites. Any attempt to remove termites on your own may disturb these pests. Once they feel threatened, they will retreat underground, making it even more difficult to solve the termite problem. Termites may even transfer to another part of the property when they get disturbed in their original location.
What are Termite Barriers and how long do they last?
Termite barriers are materials installed into the structure of your home or building to block termites and prevent them from entering your property. These barriers are designed to give structures long-term protection against termites. Depending on the type of termite barrier and stage when it was installed (i.e., pre or post-construction), some termite barriers may last up to 20 years.
What are the types of termite barriers?
Termite barriers come in two forms: physical barriers and chemical barriers.
Physical barriers refer to the materials that serve as a physical blockage against termites. Installation of this type of termite barrier is required by the Building Code of Australia in the construction of new properties and all renovation projects. If designed and installed by professional pest control technicians, physical termite barriers will make sure that termites will not enter the structure.
On the other hand, chemical barriers refer to liquid chemicals applied to the soil to protect your property from termites. The chemical is applied around the border of the foundation of your property or under concrete flooring.
How much does a termite barrier cost?
Protecting one’s property from damages caused by termites comes with a price. Generally, you will have to spend between $2,000 to $10,000, depending on the linear measurement of your property and subfloor. While this may mean additional expense, every property owner should consider spending for termite barrier as a preventive measure. Damages caused by termites will surely be more expensive than any termite barrier treatment. If you will not prevent termites from entering your structures, you then need to have further pest control treatment and bear with expensive property repair costs.
A1 Pest Control Canberra’s team of fully licensed termite specialists with over 25 years of experience in termite management systems can help solve your termite problem. With a vast knowledge of termites, our pest control experts will conduct a termite inspection on your property to point out high-risk areas. Through our inspection report, we will recommend options to solve your termite problem. As a property owner, you have the opportunity to choose the termite solution most suitable for your situation.
Hire a professional company offering pest control services in Canberra now. Contact A1 Pest Control Canberra at 0407 065 413 or 1300 631 004.