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A1 Pest Control Canberra Explains Termite Barriers

What Is a Termite Barriers?

The soft banging in the walls. The spare wings gathering in corners and on windowsills. The quickest glimpse of tiny, white visitors marching along the baseboards.

If you’ve experienced a termite infestation before, this will all sound too familiar.

By the time a homeowner notices the signs, termites may have already made themselves comfortable. A home termite infestation can cost a huge sum of money after you factor in damages and repairs. You can prevent this by installing a termite barrier.

Homes in Canberra and surrounding areas are extremely vulnerable to attacks from foraging termites. Termites are located in most backyards, nesting in gum trees, tree stumps, retaining walls, or any embedded timber. From their nest, they build an elaborate network of subterranean tunnels, normally a half a foot under the ground in search of timber. That is why barriers are really neccesary.

The worker termites use their large jaws to cut and scrape the timber into small pieces to digest. As they walk back to their nest, the timber is changed to soluble sugars by a special enzyme in their guts. Once they arrive at the nest, they regurgitate these sugars to feed the colony and the juvenile termites located in the nursery.

Termites view your home as a highly desirable restaurant where the food is free and there’s plenty of it. Here you can see the foraging termites have travelled under pavers as they enter the structure. We usually find termites under pavers, concrete paths and driveways.

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termite barriers

They build their tunnels horizontally along the ground, right up to the footings of the house. Once they hit the slab edge or footings, they will travel left or right, looking for a concealed entry point. These concealed entry points are usually a small gap in the mortar between the bricks embedded below the ground.

Sometimes the termites will build a mud lead out of the ground, over the slab edge, or into a weep-hole to gain entry into your home.  Quite commonly, the largest leads are found in the sub-floor under the house. It’s dark and an ideal environment for termites.

To stop these kinds of infestations, we strongly recommend installing a chemical treatment around the base of your home. These days we have a selection of highly effective and safe chemicals that were only dreamt about a few years go.

A1 Pest Control Canberra uses only the best performing termicide for barriers and refuses to use any generic brands. We are a fully accredited applicator for Termidor and it works to eliminate the colony that is attacking your house. Once we have done a complete appraisal or inspection of your home, and listened to your concerns, our experienced technicians will recommend the chemical most appropriate for your structure.

A1 Pest Control Canberra Termite Barriers

Once you have made the very wise decision to protect your home from termites, you naturally want to know if it will be installed properly by a professional and trustworthy company.

A1 Pest Control Canberra, we have the experience and expertise to install a chemical treatment to the highest possible standard. Here is how your treatment will be installed.

Firstly, a trench is dug down into the footing that this brick wall is sitting on. As we explained before, most concealed entry points for termites happen in this zone. Once the soil has been dug and placed along the trench, it is ready to hand pour the chemical.

The chemical is applied in layers to ensure the soil is saturated completely. The quality of the soil is very important to endues the chemical is absorbed and distributed evenly. In a matter of a few hours, Termidor will bond strongly to the soil and will not be prone to leaching with heavy rains. This gives us the confidence this product will stay in the zone to give you continuous protection.

Once the chemical has been completely applied to the trench, the boys will level the soil, ready for a layer of stones or cypress bark to be laid on top. Often we are praised for the wonderful landscaping we do when installing a treatment.

If the pavers around your home can be lifted, then they will be lifted in preparation for a chemical treatment.

A great option that A1 Pest Control Canberra can offer, is the installation of the Altis Reticulation System for termite barriers. This is a specially designed tube that has remitters embedded to guarantee even flow to replenish the chemical treatment at a later time.

Most homes will have an area where concrete has been laid up against the structure. For structures that have a problematic termite infestation, we sometimes suggest to cut and lift a strip of concrete along the perimeter to allow us to dig a trench.  This is the ultimate way to install a chemical treatment, but it is a lot of work and very expensive.

The majority of homes can adequately be treated by drilling and injecting the chemical under the concrete with an injection rod.  For most treatments, we use a 12mm drill bit. For some treatments, we might suggest to use a smaller drill bit to fit between the grout of the tiles.

At A1 Pest Control Canberra, we always want to give the homeowner options to allow the best possible finish. This is why many customers select the extra service of Diamond Cutting when they have expensive riles or surfaces areas. It is a skilled and time-consuming task but the excellent finish is worth it.

The chemical is applied through each hole by inserting an injecting rod and pumping the chemical under pressure. The technician tries to apply 100 litres per every ten meters. To ensued the chemical does not escape from the nearby holes, 
A1 Pest Control Canberra 
use a special plastic plugs to stop this happening.  Once the pumping is finished, the holes re ready to be sealed. All our technicians take a lot of pride in the final finish and work hard to colour match the special mortar to have a near perfect finish.

If you have a subfloor area under your house, it is important to treat these soiled areas. As mentioned before, barriers easily bridge out of the ground and build leads into a house. It’s normally not a fun place to work but it is vital to install a chemical treatment along all of the brick footings and concrete stumps.

The technician will prepare a shallow trench by hand digging and then apply the chemical. Once the chemical has been applied, it is important not to disturb the treatment and not to stack personal items up against the walls. 

Need help identifying termites?

Call A1 Pest Control Canberra today for a consultation and to schedule an inspection of your property.

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