Post Construction (Existing Buildings)
Active Termites can be treated in a few ways:
- Soil Barrier Treatments
- Monitoring & Baiting Systems
A Pest Inspector will give you options and recommendations depending on the situation, then its up to you to make the final decision.
Dusting processes are carried out by Licensed Pest Professional after a full termite inspection has been carried out. In the termite inspection the pest professional uses specified instruments like moisture meters, screwdrivers and dongers to locate termite activity.Pest inspectors can also use additional tools like thermal imaging cameras, boroscopes and K9's to find the maximum amount of termite activity.
The pest professional then dusts the tunnels in the affected timbers coating termites in a fine layer of dust. Termites return to the nest and pass the dust around through actual grooming and feeding. The activity is then left alone for at least 14 days before a re-inspection of treated areas is carried out. After this period, the activity is assessed before the next step is carried out. There are new dusts on the market now which have now taken the place of arsenic trioxide so toxicity levels are greatly reduced minimising harm towards yourself and the environment around you.
Soil Barrier Treatment:
Soil Barrier Treatments are applied to soiled areas around foundation walls, piers and beneath filled concrete areas (This is usually the next step after a dusting process has been carried out). Applied is a liquid based Termiticide which will create a chemical barrier for the protection of your home or structure against Subterranean Termites. Depending on the Termiticide used and the conditions around the treated areas, most Termiticides will last between 3-10 years.
Be aware of partial Termite Treatments as they are only partial, or part of a full treatment. Therefore warranty's and guarantees may differ or be deemed nothing.
Monitoring & Baiting Systems:
A Termite Monitoring & Baiting System is installed around the external perimeters of a structure and on any active termite areas.
They are complete systems which are designed to protect homes from Termites by eliminating the termite colony.
This process will not happen over night, but it will happen. Depending on the Termite species behaviour, size and season of year differs the time needed to reach colony elimination. So patience and trust in your Pest Professional is needed throughout the whole process.
Baiting systems do not mean that all Termite colonies around your home will be eliminated. The Baiting System will only affect those colonies that feed on the bait supplied.
Most Monitoring & Baiting Systems are 12 month up front contracts which require 1-3 month monitoring by a Pest Professional. Be aware there are ongoing yearly costs to maintain that system once it is installed.