Termite Repellents – Not What They Used To Be
You have heard the phrase “it was made better in my day”, well when it comes to termite treatments this statement is certainly true.
In 1995 the use of organochlorines as a termite treatment was banned, even though these compounds were extremely effective termite repellents. The problem being that organochlorines also have some life threatening downside issues for the human race. Unfortunately the replacement products, organophosphates and synthetic pyrethroids are not nearly as effective at repelling termites.
Due to the lack of an effective repellent, it is critical that all houses built after 1995 have a perimeter termite barrier around a house that is not disturbed.
Houspect has discovered many infestations in recently built houses, and the incidence appears to be increasing. Most attacks involve entry points around the outside of the building where the termites have simply come up the footings and gone in entered the property under the damp course. This is mainly due to incidents where the paving or garden bed is too high, which creates a source of moisture and entre entry points for termite infestation.
Many of your customers are oblivious to the costs associated with the damage caused by termites and quite often mistakenly believe insurance will cover it – which unfortunately it won’t!
No matter what the age, all buildings require constant vigilance when it comes to preventing termite infestation, and property owners should organise regular inspections before it’s too late. Owners should also be aware that steel framed buildings are not immune to termite attack either.
If you would like to organise a termite inspection call 08 9383 1043 or visit our website on www.houspect.com.au/wa
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