What are chemical barriers?
It’s best to describe the method of chemical barriers in relation to the alternatives, dusting and baiting. Baiting method includes coercing termites to particular stations that contain bait/food, in which the termite will bring back to the colony and if ingested can kill the colony. Also a prospect for termite control is dusting treatments; this includes the pest controller applying dust to termite affected areas (wood) where the termites will end up in contact with the substance, then carry it into the colony without knowing it’s on their bodies.
Chemical Barriers: Utilising termiticides (chemicals) to create zones around your property and a barrier that prevents termites entering your property. However there are different types of barrier chemicals available.
What chemicals are used?
If you’ve chosen to utilise chemical barriers instead of the other treatments available then you still have options about the chemicals injected into your property. In consultation with your pest control professional you’ll be able to determine the best fit for your property.
As the name suggests this type of chemical treatment works in a way that repels the termites. Pest control professionals will mix this chemical into the soil surrounding a property and will create a barrier. However it’s highly important that the barrier doesn’t contain any holes or gaps, as this can ruin the entire system. In most cases this type of chemical is used when termites have not already infested the home because if the barrier is created and there are termites within the property already, it will trap the termites within the barrier.
Instead of acting to repel prospective termites from entering a property this type of chemical treatment allows termites to successfully pass through the chemicals without noticing, picking up all the toxic substance and transferring it the colony. Once the chemicals spread throughout the colony it’s likely the entire group will be eliminated. In comparison to repellent chemicals this chemical is a newer type and is slowly becoming popular for termite control.
How are the chemicals barriers created?
In order for the chemical barriers to be effective they need to be injected into the soil in the right way and by a professional. It’s also important that your soil is of a good quality; otherwise it won’t hold the chemicals in effectively.
Termite Specialists who are looking to create the barriers have the option of two methods:
Drilling and Injecting Holes
Cutting Concrete and Capping
Talk to your professional about what method they plan to utilise and discuss the options, although all barrier creations will likely include breaking though concreted areas of your property. Your home will need to undergo some structural changes in some situations.
Are Chemical Barriers/Treatments Safe?
Safety is of huge concern in the pest control industry, and with the right professional you won’t need to worry about this issue. All chemical treatments brought into the market are tested and marked against Australian Standards. However with all chemicals there van varying precautionary elements that need to be recognised.
Before committing to a professional pest control specialist just inquire about their chemicals and allow them to take you through all the details. If you want to also do you own research on the most common brands used in treatments then this can also be a positive move.
If you want to inquire about chemical treatments through a professional business then you can make contact with Pest Control Western Suburbs Melbourne- The Termite Guy.