A termite barrier on The Gold Coast is a properties main defense against these destructive pests. Termites attack the timbers of your home unless these areas are treated and protected. They have destroyed many unprotected homes on and around The Gold Coast over the years.
There are two main types of termite barrier commonly used, the chemical and the physical type barriers. They are designed to work in different ways and often homes will use both types of barrier to be sure they stop most termites from entering and destroying property.
Often when a new building is being constructed, a physical barrier is laid down under or around the foundations or under the concrete slab so termites cannot enter the building that way.
A physical barrier is usually made of fine corrosive proof webbing with holes that are too small for termites to go through. The only way termites can enter the building is by going around the barrier and exposing themselves on the surface. This can be seen by the mud tubes they build to keep themselves moist and safe from predators.
Over time and with ground movement these physical barriers can become less effective and it’s possible termites may breach this defense, so even with this type of termite barrier on the Gold Coast it’s important to have your property inspected by a qualified pest inspector.
Because of the huge amount of destruction caused each year (millions of dollar worth) on the Gold Coast and other parts of Queensland it’s now mandatory as part of the Queensland building code that all new buildings are required to have a termite management or prevention strategy in place before the building is allowed to start
Chemical termite barriers on the Gold Coast are installed by specially trained termite control technicians who dig a trench around your property and any affected area using a chemical to stop the termites. There are several types of chemicals used, either they are designed to kill the termites, or respell them.
The chemical poisons used are designed to be eaten or taken back to the colony as food for the rest of the colony effectively killing them where they live., This may be close by or possibly in the neighbouring property
Many properties, especially the older properties that had physical barriers installed during construction are now using both types of barrier. Sometimes these barriers are used in conjunction with bait stations depending on the particular needs of a property.
Which is better?
Both types of termite barrier are effective on the Gold Coast, the chemical type is the most popular for existing homes and buildings because it’s much cheaper top install and maintain.
Some people have their pest control company install a system of pipes so that every year or so they can reapply the chemical agents that treat the termites without having to dig new trenches which makes it much easier to ensure your chemical barrier remain completely effective.
Ideally, the best arrangement is to use both types of termite barrier to ensure your home is adequately protected. Your local termite and pest control company will inspect your property and advise you on the best and most cost effective type of termite barrier for your particular property to eradicate or control termites.