Termite treatment barriers are one of the longest-lasting solutions to an active termite infestation. With the knowledge and experience that Suburban Pest Management brings to the table, you can rest assured that your termites will be gone in no time, thanks to our expertly trained technicians and leading-edge equipment and products.
For years, Suburban Pest Management has provided quality termite control barriers to property owners in the Brisbane, Gold Coast, and Sunshine Coast areas. We not only have knowledge of termites and other pests overall, but we know how the climate, soil, and lay of the land affects how pests behave.
We offer an effective range of termite control services. Termite barriers are one of the most effective among all those services.
Each type of barrier is constructed to serve as a wall that either stops termites in their tracks or administers a lethal dose of a termite-specific chemical. Either way, this type of termite management can get rid of termites and protect your home or business from them in the years to come.
If you have bought an off-plan property or plan to build on your own block, you can ask us to construct a termite barrier in the early stages of construction. If you already are in your business building or home, we can build a post-construction barrier that will be just as effective.
There are three basic types of termite barriers:
- Chemical reticulation system
Learn more about each type, as well as the safety of each, to help inform your decision about what type of barrier might be best for you.
Physical Termite Barriers
The best choice for new construction or extensive renovations, the physical termite barriers we use are materials with chemical impregnated within to prevent termites from gaining concealed entry into your home. Whilst a concrete slab is a physical barrier in itself, anything penetrating through the slab (plumbing or electrical), any joints in the slab, or any area around the edge of the slab (like a brick base home), will allow termites access without you even seeing them.
By installing physical termite barriers in these crucial areas, you can protect these concealed areas for up to 50 years--guaranteed. If termites get under the slab or into the wall cavity at the base of the building, they won’t get any further than our termite barriers.
Termite only need a one-millimetre gap, so correct installation is essential. Getting a cheap install can run the risk of termites bypassing the product.
The biggest concern is that you won’t know you have a bad install until years down the track when you have termites eating your bathroom out. Therefore, if you’re planning to build in the near future, we would strongly recommend a physical termite barrier, so you’ll not develop termite problems down the road.
Chemical Termite Barriers
Chemical termite barriers provide extensive, long-term protection for existing buildings. We create these barriers by applying a continuous treated soil zone of a powerful liquid chemical to the soil around your building’s foundation.
We use a chemical that destroys, not repels, entire colonies of termites within your property. The trouble with repelling termites is that the termites don’t carry the chemical back to the nest.
The risk with repellent chemicals is that as they break down over time, termites may find a weakness in the barrier, which they wouldn’t look for with non-repellent chemicals. The only way to ensure that they won’t be back is to use a chemical that termites carry back to the nest, killing every termite in the colony, including the queen—who can lay up to 30 thousand eggs a day.
The beauty of this chemical is that it’s completely undetectable by termites. When the termites march into your home, the chemical won’t kill them right away.
After they return to their nest, every other termite they meet will also come into contact with the termiticide, eliminating them as well. Termites who come into contact with this chemical will die within five to 21 days.
When you request a chemical termite barrier, our expert technicians will come to your home or business to apply the chemical to the soil around the building. They will drill tiny holes into concrete or tile areas, such as walkways, so the chemical can get underneath those areas as well.
We can apply plugs in the same colour as your walkway or tile, so you’ll never know they’re there. The best part of a chemical termite barrier? It can last for as long as eight years with little maintenance.
The only follow-up visits you’ll need over those eight or so years will be your yearly regular termite inspection, unless we recommend more regular inspections, depending on your circumstances. This routine visit will check to see that the chemical barrier is still working, killing any stray termites that may try to scout out your property as a great place to eat.
Chemical Reticulation Termite Barrier System
Although this system uses termiticide, as does a regular chemical barrier, we use a hose or flexible pipe to release the chemical into the ground through perforated holes. We install the pipe around the building’s foundation.
This system works well when your home has paving stones, if you intend to pave, or concrete around it since it requires little disruption of these existing structures when it comes time to replenish the chemical. Many property owners request a reticulation system for their new buildings, or when they renovate the building.
Termite Treatment Barrier Safety and Cost
A physical barrier has no outside chemical component. It’s simply impenetrable by termites, so it is indeed safe. It just stops the insects from coming inside.
As for chemical barriers—both the reticulation system and ground-based kinds—we use only chemicals that have passed Australia’s strict safety requirements. They are eco-friendly and safe for children, pets, plants, or wildlife.
Consider that this treatment can last for up to eight years. For other, less effective treatments you may pay in the range of $500 to $1,000. Yet if you have to have a treatment every year because the methods used didn’t last, you’d soon be in over your head.
Our termite barriers may cost $1,500 to $5,000, depending on which kind of barrier you opt for, as well as the size of the building. Yet when you divide that by five—and some barriers can last up to eight years—the yearly cost is well less than you’ll pay for low-quality treatments.
Add to that the fact that you won’t have to pay for costly repairs to the timber elements of your building, and you’ll see that spread out over time, there’s not a better buy in the entire pest control industry.
When you add up all the benefits and weigh them against the risks, you’ll ask yourself, ‘Why did I wait so long’?
Don’t wait until termites turn your home or office into their personal five-star restaurant. Contact Suburban Pest Management now for a no-obligation quote.