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What is a termite barrier and why do I need one?

By April 5, 2019Uncategorized

Termite barriers are systems that have been specially designed to prevent subterranean termites from gaining access to a property. There are more than 300 species of termites in Australia but only the subterranean termites are the ones that are capable of eating away at your property and undermining its structure.

The different types of termite barriers are:

Physical Termite Barriers

The first type of termite protection is a physical termite barrier.  This can be either a stainless-steel mesh, crushed granite or ant cap.  A physical termite barrier is placed around the outside of the building in the ground or within the external walls. A physical termite barrier does not let termites get access into the property.

Chemical Termite Barriers

One of the amazing termite protection systems used generally comes in a liquid form, it is a chemical termite barrier. It is sprayed underneath the concrete slab or underneath your foundations, and around the external perimeter of the home. A chemical termite barrier system will last for a couple of years, but you do need to have it serviced regularly, as the chemicals break down and lose their efficiency to resist the termites.

Termite Resistant Roof and Wall Frames

An intuitive way to protect your house from termites is using a resistant roof and wall frames. They come in steel or even treated timbers. This system might be of value, but don’t rely on it purely as they are not sufficient for a whole house protection.

Termite Resistant Materials 

These termite resistant materials come in the form of some Australian timbers that are resistant to attack by termites, as are concrete, brick, steel and preservative treated timbers. By using termite resistant materials as well as your termite barriers, you are doubling your chances of a termite-free home.

Why do I need one?

  • Save hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage control.
  • Keep the resell value of your property intact.
  • Maintain peace of mind that your property is safe with a pest control system in place.
  • No one wants to buy a house infested with termites.
  • Keep your property termite free 365 days a year.

Now that you know the importance of a termite barrier, what is stopping you from setting up one? A quick termite inspection will help you realise if your property is termite resistant or if you need to set up a system.

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