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Termite prevention measures in Geelong

Posted on August 20, 2014

The first step in protecting a house is to prevent termites from getting in. A barrier constructed under or around the house will achieve this. barriers are designed to either deter termites or bring their presence out into the open where they can then be eradicated.

There are two types of barriers that can be used.

Physical barriers

Physical barriers are made of a material that physically resists termite attack. The termites cannot chew their way through the barrier, nor get around it. Usually installed when a house or building is being constructed, sometimes barriers can be retro-fitted to existing buildings.

These barriers can be placed under concrete slabs, foundations and within cavity walls, and are made from metal, crushed rock or other materials that termites cannot chew through.

Chemical barriers

Chemical barriers rely on a chemical to resist attack from termites. These chemicals are usually insecticides and are placed under concrete slabs, foundations and around houses.

Chemical barriers can be installed in new and existing structures. It is important to note that they can only be installed by licensed pest controllers such as Geelong, Bellarine and Surfcoast Pest Control.

There are two types of chemical barriers – in-soil and in-plastics.

In-soil chemical barriers

These chemical barriers are formed when the chemical is applied to the soil under or around the foundations of a building.

In-plastics chemical barriers

In-plastics chemical barriers are plastic sheets containing a termite-repelling chemical, and are typically installed in the same way that physical barriers are installed.

The chemicals used are strictly controlled by and registered with the Australian Pesticides & Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA), and there are several different chemicals currently registered for use as chemical barriers against termites.

There are a number of chemicals that are currently used by all licensed pest controllers, and the active ingredients in these chemicals that aid in termite prevention measures in Geelong and Australia wide include:

  • Bifenthrin
  • Deltamethrin
  • Fipronil
  • Imidacloprid.

In the past, organochlorines were used to create a chemical barrier against termites. Today, however, it is no longer legal to use organochlorides because they can harm the environment and health.

For effective and affordable termite pest control, contact¬†Shane Miller at Geelong, Bellarine and Surfcoast Pest Control where you are guaranteed personal and professional attention because the person handling your inquiry is the only person you’ll deal with, from the first call to the last bug.