Termites are a huge problem for home and business owners in South Australia. The majority of homes are vulnerable to infestation, and the risk is significantly increased if there are gum trees growing within 100 metres of a property. The problem is so serious that a termite management system is required by law, under the Building Code of Australia in the construction of many buildings.
If you already have a termite management system, such as those available from recognized pest control services including Rentokil, you are obligated to ensure the system is maintained as prescribed by the manufacturer’s instructions. Most existing buildings with a termite management system will have a notice that is easily located, which provides information on the system and any maintenance needs.
In some instances, the local council can help with further information on the termite management system that was included in the development approval prior to construction. It is important to understand that a termite management system is not guaranteed protection against an infestation – especially if you don’t have details of maintenance history. If you suspect there are termites in your home, consult with a pest controller or conduct your own inspection.
Termite Management System Benefits
There are a number of methods that can be used to prevent a termite infestation that are effective, depending on your needs. For homeowners who have bought an existing property, termite monitoring is often the most cost-effective option. Monitoring is achieved through the use of termite bait stations, positioned at strategic points around the property by a pest control professional. The bait stations are then regularly checked to determine if there is any termite activity close to the property.
Another method that focuses on prevention, rather than detection, involves applying a chemical termite barrier. A liquid chemical is added to the soil around the perimeter of the building or beneath concrete flooring. This method does not require any major renovations and can be used on buildings of any age.
Physical termite barriers are installed during construction, renovation, or when you are adding an extension to a property. Typically made from a protective material, physical termite barriers are installed during construction, prior to the pouring of the slab. The purpose of a physical termite barrier is to prevent entry to structures above the material, which has the effect of driving termites out into the open.
A reticulation system allows homeowners to use chemicals that are filtered through a series of underground pipes, resulting in the treatment of foundations. These systems are designed to evenly distribute chemicals, with the intention of protecting the entire base of your home. The great thing about a reticulation system is that the complex design offers optimum protection. Although the main system can only be installed during construction, you can install a perimeter reticulation system in existing properties. The only downside to this is that a perimeter reticulation will involve digging up your lawn, as well as removing any installations such as walkways that are in the required treatment area.
Benefits of Termite Guard
The benefit of termite guard systems is that your home is afforded the maximum level of protection against termite infestation. Some systems boast up to 25 years protection, assuming correct maintenance and use of approved chemicals. Insurance companies may also penalise you if your property suffers a termite infestation and you do not have a termite management system in place.
The bottom line is that the more protection you have against termites the better. If you are building a new home or renovating the home you currently live in, it is important to consult with a reputable pest control company.
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