Notorious for their sneaky nature and feared for the unmistakable property damage they bring, invasive termites are considered some of the most devastating pests in the world. Left to fester, a termite infestation could spell irreparable structural damage to your home – as these terror “white ants” eat away at your wooden walls and foundation from the inside, jeopardizing the integrity and safety of your property by burrowing tunnels and holes.
Almost undetectable in the early stages, insidious termite colonies can set up camp and thrive in your home – going unnoticed for extended periods of time before any serious destruction becomes apparent and visible. By then, it may already be too late. Studies show, that at least 1 in 3 Australian homes will be marked and decimated by termites in its lifetime. However, this is something that can actually be remedied early on, as 50 percent of properties with active destructive infestations could have been protected from these pest invasions early on, if only proper precautionary measures were adopted.
Way before extermination and early detection, the key to stopping these unwelcome guests dead in their tracks – and keeping their destruction to a minimum – are long-lasting deterrent defense systems, or barriers that not only repel and dissuade termites, but also poison entire nests. These enable you to skip hassle pest control jobs and costly house repairs, all together.
Now you must be thinking, “Is my home in dire need of an effective pest-obstructing termite barrier?” Before deciding on your choice of termite barrier system, here’s what you first need to learn about them.
There are two distinct main types of termite barriers: Chemical barriers and physical barriers.
Adopted as early as in the construction process of newly-built properties, physical termite barriers integrate different deterrent structural elements below the surface or around the perimeter of your home to create a complete and impenetrable barrier. These incorporate a wide variety of physical blockades that can prevent the concealed entry of termites into your home – often coming in the form of stainless steel mesh barriers, metal sheeting, thick plastic membranes, specially-impregnated foam, or even sand and basaltic particle barriers impassable by termites.
On the other hand, as the name suggests, chemical barriers employ an active termiticide that will wipe out entire termite colonies upon contact. A defense system that can be retrofitted into both new and already-existing properties, chemical barriers establish a chemically treated zone that will fully encase the perimeter of your building or structure. This strategically positioned termiticide zone is saturated with slow-acting pesticidal agents to disrupt the natural path of these “white ants” – their formulation specifically designed so that when even just one termite makes contact, it will bring the chemical back to its colony and eradicate the entire nest. Despite being devastatingly noxious to termites, chemical barriers pose no harm to humans, pets, native animals, and plant life.
However, these two types of termite barriers have increasingly been adopted in conjunction with each other – a tandem of both chemical and physical barriers proving most successful in limiting the movement of pests and colonies into new properties and homes.
Here’s four reasons you should mull over incorporating a termite barrier into your new or pre-existing home.
1. Effectively Prevents Entry
Given even the slightest hint of a chance, nuisance termites can easily through the cracks and gain easy entry into your home. A termite barrier – whether it be a physical or chemical blockade, or a combination of both – is guaranteed to not make the task of infestation easy for colonies, effectively stalling their perilously access to your property.
Early defense systems and preventative measures – like these barriers – can provide a “safety bubble” for your home, letting you breathe easy knowing that your home has a smaller possibility of being exposed to the grave and wanton destruction of termites.
2. Fast and Ease Expert Installation
With the prevalence of the termite problem, more and more homeowners are opting to incorporate both physical and chemical barriers, as early as in the design stage of constructing their new homes – integrated below a property’s concrete slab or into the immediate perimeter of a home.
For structures that are already standing, however, the installation and introduction of a chemical barrier may not be as difficult as you think. Adding a chemical barrier is still a very labour-intensive job, but most experts can accomplish the task in a day. The process requires the digging of a trench barrier to fully surround and encase your house or property. From there, the exterminator will spread an unbroken layer of liquid chemical termiticide into the soil. This creates a continuous treated soil zone called a chemical termite barrier. The trench is then filled again with soil.
More convenient and reliable reticulation systems are also now being introduced. These build a chemical termite barrier that can regularly replenish the soil with the termiticide, via access holes, so the pest protection can last for years.
3. Deters and Kills Entire Colonies
The termiticide used in chemical barriers carry two functions: Repelling termites sending them away from the barrier, and destroying termites and entire termite colonies.
Most commercially available termiticides nowadays boast of a “transfer effect” – wherein when even just one termite comes into contact with the active agent, it will not only ingest the chemical, it will also cover their body with the pesticide and unwittingly take back the poison to their nest – eradicating the entire colony.
This is effective because these get rid of all the pests that may potentially eat away at your home, instead of just sending them away to try a different path. Besides tunneling up from under your property, termites can also fly. This means ideally poisoning the entire nest is best scenario.
4. Long-term Protection and Security
Chemical barriers have a viable lifespan of up to 8 years – physical barriers even longer. Coupled with the annual inspections and retreatment, companies often offer when installing both chemical and physical termite barriers into your home, they could potentially assure you long-term defenses against pesky and malevolent termites. Also notably, these barriers utilize termiticides that are entirely eco-friendly and will not pose any harm to your family, your pets, and plant life.
Don’t wait for the termite problem to come knocking on your door. Take the necessary steps and precaution now to save you from toxic exterminations and costly annual repairs in the long run. Safeguard your dwelling with effective chemical and physical termite barriers.