Termite Management Systems
Termite Management for Existing Homes
For existing homes there are a number of termite management options available, each with varying costs, durability and maintenance requirements. We suggest a comprehensive approach to Termite Management which involves three key components:
Making conditions around the building less attractive to termites
Having an annual professional Termite Inspection
Installing a Termite Management System around the building to provide lasting protection
Termite management systems are the best way to protect your home from termites. When combined with regular Termite Inspections, they greatly reduce the chances of termite attack on your property. The important point to remember with all Termite Management Systems is that they are designed to prevent termites from gaining concealed (hidden) entry into your home.
Broadly speaking there are two types of Termite Managements Systems that are used to protect existing buildings from termites:
Liquid Soil Treatments - liquid insecticide is installed around the perimeter of the property creating a treated zone which either repels or kills termites
Termite Baiting Systems - Bait stations are placed in the ground around the property. Any termites in the area will start feeding on the bait in the station, when they do the pest manager treats the active termites in the station . The termites do the rest by taking the treatment back to the nest, killing the colony.
Liquid Soil Treatments
Localised Treatments can be used to halt termite activity and deter further entry to the treated area but won’t prevent termites from finding an alternative route through untreated areas.
Full Perimeter Treatments offer the best protection from undetected termite entry as they provide a continuous barrier around the whole building.
Two types of chemicals can be used:
Repellent chemicals are easily detected and strongly avoided by termites. If access prevents some areas being treated, or if treated areas are later compromised, termites can recognize the gaps and enter through them
Non Repellent chemicals are not detected by termites. As they don’t avoid the chemical, they will pass through and die from contact with it. Individual termites exposed to the chemical will also pass on the chemical to other members of the colony and cause a compounding effect.
As termites don’t detect non repellents, they don’t recognize any difference between treated and untreated areas so entry through possible gaps is far less likely.
A Reticulation System is a specially designed pipe system used to apply termiticide chemical under pressure to saturate the soil medium surrounding a structure. This creates an impenetrable barrier (if repellent termiticides are used) or a death-trap for unsuspecting foraging termites (in the case of non-repellent termiticide chemicals) that move through impregnated soil.
TermX Reticulation Systems are specially engineered systems designed to deliver chemical termite treatments as a preventative measure for termites. We lay a series of the pipe systems around or underneath a structure. Then at a later stage, chemical is pumped through the pipes to create a barrier of protection. Once installed the system allows for quick application of a treatment to protect your most valued assets.
Termite Baiting Systems
If termite bait stations are recommended as the most effective termite management system for your home or building, Tewantin Pest Control & Building Inspections suggests installing one of the following types of stations.
Sentricon Always Active Bait Stations
Sentricon® AlwaysActive™ is the new and very different way of continuously protecting your home against termites, harnessing the natural behaviour and biology of termites, together with a highly effective termiticide.
Sentricon AlwaysActive is a highly effective solution that offers the safety of a baiting system and the continuous protection of a chemical barrier.
Sentricon AlwaysActive is a unique and environmentally sensitive termite control system that protects your home all day, every day from day one. Eliminating termites before they are even discovered.
Q: How Does Sentricon Always Active Work?
A: Installed strategically and discreetly around the home in the prime foraging areas, the Sentricon station provides a window into the world of the termites. The random and continuous foraging of the termites will be directed to the In-Ground stations.
The stations contain Sentricon IG Termiticide Rods which the termites find more palatable and more attractive than wood. The termites feed on the termiticide rods on mass, tunnel back to the nest all the while unaware that it is detrimental to their survival. The active ingredient in Sentricon AlwaysActive is what’s called an insect growth regulator, which means it is specific and deadly to termites, but safe to you and your family. Termites periodically shed their skin (moult), and this process is interrupted once ingestion of the Sentricon AlwaysActive occurs. An inability to moult results in the death of the workers, and ultimately leads to the elimination of the entire colony.
Q. How long does Sentricon AlwaysActive last?
A: The Sentricon IG Termiticide Rod that is in every Sentricon station has been shown to be effective for up to five years in Australian conditions. We recommend a full review of the system five years after installation.
Q: How is Sentricon AlwaysActive different from other methods of termite protection?
A: Current termite management systems are either a chemical barrier or a baiting system. Sentricon AlwaysActive is unique as it combines the best of both, without any of their drawbacks. Sentricon stations are placed strategically and discreetly around your home
to form a continuous barrier. The Sentricon stations contain Sentricon IG Termiticide Rods, making it activen immediately upon installation – termites may begin to be eliminated before they are discovered! Sentricon AlwaysActive offers the safety of a baiting system and the immediate protection of a chemical barrier.
Q: How will Sentricon AlwaysActive protect my home from termites?
A: It eliminates the termite colony. As soon as termites find a Sentricon station they begin feeding on the Sentricon IG Termiticide Rod, then share it with other termites in their colony to begin the colony elimination process. As the rods are always in the Sentricon stations, it provides continuous protection from termites. The proof is in 30 independent university studies and 60 published scientific articles.
Exterra Termite Baiting System
EXTERRA is a truly safe, environmentally friendly way to eliminate termites. EXTERRA uses a termites' natural instincts against them, eliminating the attacking termite AND their whole colony. Even after the colony is eliminated, EXTERRA Stations guard your home using the natural power of CO2, monitoring for future invasions without the ongoing need to reapply chemicals. By using EXTERRA, you are establishing a long term, termite solution that's easy on both you and the environment.
EXTERRA. The World’s number one termite protection.
Your EXTERRA Termite Interception and Baiting System is there to protect you from the invasion of termites, continually.
EXTERRA Stations are placed around your property to intercept termites. Once intercepted, REQUIEM™ Termite Bait is added to the large EXTERRA Station. The termites feed on the REQUIEM and the colony is eliminated easily and quickly, right at the point of termite attack.
A unique Standard for ongoing protection.
The elite EXTERRA Termite Interception and Baiting System, with its unique Termite Interception Zone™ encircling your home is THE ONLY baiting system that creates a complete Termite Interception Zone around your home.
This complete and continuous zone is created by using patented FOCUS Termite Attractant™ in each Station so termites are intercepted before they reach your home.
You can be confident in choosing the EXTERRA elite termite management system. EXTERRA and your professional pest manager will protect your home, so you can forget about termite problems.
Rest assured the termites will be eliminated, year in, year out, for as long as you maintain your EXTERRA system.
Environmentally friendly, family safe protection.
Don’t even think about the old fashioned methods of spraying hundreds of litres of toxic chemicals around your home. Think what that could do to you and your family. EXTERRA utilises closed and locked Stations with a termite bait less toxic than table salt! You get protection, a product that actually eliminates the entire termite colony and does so without harming the environment and is safe for you, your family and pets!
Independent studies, published in several peer reviewed Scientific Journals, have confirmed that termites follow a low level CO2 trail to find their preferred timbers for feeding.
EXTERRA uniquely mimics this through the use of our patented FOCUS Termite Attractant. This natural product is added under each Station, where it reacts with the soil microbes to naturally evolve a scientifically-engineered concentration of CO2 that draws the termites into the EXTERRA Stations.
EXTERRA Stations are nearly four times larger than most other Stations, so once the termites start to follow the CO2 trail they quickly find the EXTERRA Stations. FOCUS Termite Attractant produces a two metre radius “Termite Interception Zone” around each EXTERRA Station, which means that when a termite comes within two metres of your EXTERRA Station it will be attracted by just the right amount of CO2 and follow the gourmet trail into the EXTERRA Station. That means its last supper time and the colony is eliminated, keeping your home safe.
Termites and renovating
If planning to renovate, you should consider the impact of the proposed work on your termite management system. Building footpaths, garden beds, patios, pergolas or landscaping/laying turf may cause your termite management system to be less effective and allow an infestation.
Pre Construction - Reticulation
Chemical Treatment – Reticulation
A convenient means of re-treating under slabs is through a reticulation system. Reticulation systems need to be installed under the slab prior to pouring concrete. A reticulation system
will allow periodic re-charging from outside the building.