Best Termite treatment
Best termite treatment to last the ages? Well in our opinion there is not one treatment fits all and not one treatment that is better then the other. It depends on the scenario and the property. Baiting Systems are one of the best and will suit all homes new or old and are one of our favourites!
A baiting system is installed inground every 3 metres to the perimeter of the home. They are inspected every 2 months for termites. So, 6 visits per year total to check the baiting system, which includes 2 full termite inspections of the home. The baiting system intercepts termites before they reach your house and are baited which achieves colony eradication. The system requires ongoing inspections for the entire life of the property which makes it extremely effective. This system is great for older homes with fundamental construction issues which create termite ingress issues or for homes that are situated in high bushy areas with a high chance of termite ingress.
Chemical barriers to the soil. This is another good option and can be very effective if done correctly in the correct scenarios. We have seen chemical barriers used in the wrong homes where the home is still extremely susceptible, even with a chemical barrier. Chemical barriers work by treating surrounding soil, creating a barrier to the home preventing termite from gaining access to the property. The issue is if the home is not suited and termites can gain concealed entrance even with a chemical barrier.
Chemical Barrier is very cost-effective, thus the popularity. They can last up to 10 years.
The 7-step best termite treatment plan by pest control professionals.
If you have active termites, you must have a treatment plan.
The way we like to approach a home with active termites.
1: Full termite inspection to identify all active termites and asses the termite damage to the home.
2: What species termites? Location of all entry points.
3: Treatment options? In our opinion the only true way to treat active termites to ensure full colony eradication is Termite baiting.
4: Full termite baiting program until colony has been eradicated.
5: Another termite inspection to ensure the home is termite free and assess the home for best preventative measure to protect the home from future attack.
6: Install termite barrier and remove all conducive conditions if possible.
7: Organise regular termite inspections with the owner pending the selected barrier.
Revealed: The Best termite treatment for investment homeowners.
The best termite treatment or preventative termite barrier for homeowners is the inground termite monitoring system. We use Exterra and find this system the best in Australia. The system is well suited to investment properties due to the warranty and the diverse use of all properties. Being the system is inspected every 2 months reduces the chances of any surprises. The issue with investment properties is that the tenants don’t usually care about the home as the owner and interns are not actively checking for any termite issues or conducive conditions. This is the system Clear View Property inspections uses and recommends. We are approved installers.
What the best termite treatment looks like and how it compares the worst?
If money was no issue and I had to complete the best termite barrier possible I would do a full chemical barrier to the perimeter of the home and subfloor if the home was built on piers. Trenching all around piers and removing all conducive conditions like damp subfloor, poor subfloor ventilation, no timbers inground contact, remove moisture or water leaks etc. That would be my stage 1. I would follow this with a full inground termite monitoring system to the home’s perimeter. This system would be the ultimate treatment and the home would be Fort Knox to termites!
What would be the worst treatment? Well, something is always better than nothing, but I have seen some awful treatments. For example, installing a termite barrier to a subfloor that has no ant caps to its piers is not a desirable treatment as the termites can gain concealed entrance in between the piers. Another poor design would be installing a termite barrier to a damp or poor drainage subfloor. This is counter active with a damp subfloor causing soil runoff and potentially removing the termite barrier in areas.
It’s extremely important to have good advice from an expert before proceeding with a termite barrier or treatment.