In the local areas of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Port Stephens and Hunter Valley, properties are at high risk of termite attack. Don’t panic, Rebel Pest Professionals have several ways to help protect your property against termites.
- Interception and baiting system – installation of inground termite bait stations around the perimeter of your property to detect termite activity. Your Termite Expert will monitor these stations monthly. This system includes an annual termite inspection as well as involves the use of unobtrusive termite bait stations, which are placed around the perimeter of your property to detect termite activity.
This method can be used at any stage of a property’s life and is commonly used on existing properties 10 yrs plus.
- A chemical termite barrier involves applying a liquid chemical to the soil around the entire perimeter of the building. This treatment is also known as ‘Trench and Treat’. Another method of chemical treatment is a ‘drill and inject’, This involves drilling holes in side walls of slab with the injection of chemical and plugs to fill holes.
These methods can be used at any stage of a property’s life and has limitations on use.
- Physical termite barriers are used when building a new home or adding a new extension to your property. Physical termite barriers are designed to stop termites entering the structure where they are installed and force termites out in the open where they can be detected.
Rebel Pest Professionals use and trust in the Home Guard product range as it is the best complete solution in the marketplace. This system is supported by a manufacturer $1million warranty.
The barrier system includes protection to pipe penetrations prior to slab being poured as well as a layer of protective material installed on slab perimeter prior to frame installation. The Home guard product range covers all types of construction from slab on ground, to bearers and joist, to extensions to existing slabs, to relocation of penetrations.
This method can only be used prior to construction, on repairs during construction and for extensions/renovations.
Tips to Prevent Termites
Here are some ways you can help reduce the risk of termite attack at your property –
- Remove stored timber, debris from under, in and around the property – Storing timber against or under your property on a soil sub-floor will provide termites an attractive food source and nesting site. It can also hide evidence of termites invading your home. Remove any timber and/or debris away from the house.
- Repair leaking taps and pipes – These include leaking taps, pipes and hot water overflow pipes under or around your property. Repairing these will reduce moisture levels, which attracts termites to your property.
- Ensure that vents to subfloor areas are never blocked – Poor ventilation in the sub-floor areas of your property will result in high humidity and moisture levels. Good ventilation and extraction fans where necessary are essential to reduce the risk from termites.
- Divert all hot water services & air conditioning overflows away from side of house – Ensure stormwater runoff is properly connected.
- Use only termite treated timber in garden beds, retaining walls and fence posts – Do not use untreated timbers to form garden beds or retaining walls, as these will attract termites around your property.
- Construct timber fences and support posts with a 50mm clearance between the timbers and the soil – Often the bases of timber fence palings and/or sub-floor timbers breach the soil surface. This allows termites access without detection.
- Keep clearance of plants/shrubs from sides of property – Plants/shrubs growing against the side of your property provide undetected entry for termites. Try to have at least a 30cm space between property and plants/shrubs. Avoid planting trees that have strong root systems that are likely to travel under your property.
- Removal of dead trees/stumps – Dead trees/stumps are ideal areas for termites to nest in. Remove these or have them treated to reduce the risk to your property.
- Building alterations or additions can make previous termite protection ineffective – Adding a deck, pergola, tiling a patio, concrete slab extensions, or new plumbing will require additional termite protection.
- For slab on ground properties, Australian Standards state that a slab edge should be exposed to a minimum of 75mm – Weep holes in brickwork should be left open and fully exposed. Do not allow garden beds, pavers, tiling to impact the slab edge or weep holes as this provides termites entry undetected to your property breaching any previous termite barriers installed.
- Ensure all formwork timber is removed after construction – Another timber food source for termites to feed from gain access to your property.