How Long Do Termite Treatment Lasts?
Gone are the days when buying a property was done without having to worry about pest inspections, termites to be precise.
Reaction of many Aussies towards termite treatment is mainly based on shallow information provided by other residents and not from qualified pest inspectors. In a bid to enlighten Aussies and the globe in extension, below are tidbits about termite treatment worth knowing.
What is a termite treatment?
When an established colony of termites has been detected in your compound or neighboring ground, there is a need to exterminate them by treating the infested structure or soil. Though there are different types of treatments, no single type is superior than the other. Among the most common used types is the liquid termiticides. Termiticides can either be repellent or non-repellent. Termite baits and fumigation are other efficient modes of treatments.
Myths and misconceptions about termite treatment
For a suggestion, there have to be a counter idea.
The same applies to termite treatments whereby people have different opinions concerning them. Listed below are three top misconceptions.
1. Seek treatment services only when a visible area suggesting an infestation is sighted.
Just like other pests, sighting a single creature or its traces indicates a heavy infestation. Rather than treating the visible area, consider having your entire home and whole property treated equally by an experienced team.
2. Wait till the infestation intensifies.
Once a termite colony establishes itself, treating your property will be much expensive while other costs such as repairing damaged structure might come in. Before an infestation becomes intense, ask for an assessment to be conducted to see the severity of termite attack and document it in a detailed report.
3. All termite treatments offer equal results.
This misconception is common among many residents. However, this is false since efficiency of any type of treatment is dependent on the type of termite, level and age of infestation.
Forms of termite treatment
Forms are split into two categories namely Conventional Treatment and Exterior Perimeter Plus Located Interior Treatment.
This is a 50+ year plan, hence, the most durable. It involves treating all potential areas that might serve as entries. Liquid treatment is hereby used extensively. In a nutshell, soil on both sides of a building foundation is treated, void or frogs of cinder blocks, soil under drainage and plumbing works then lastly under slabs. Drilling is done to gain access to areas underneath the ground cover of flooring.
Exterior Perimeter Plus Located Interior Treatment
As the word exterior suggest, soil adjacent your property's exterior wall foundation is treated to intercept any termites trying to make their way in. Interior treatment is rarely done but if an infestation is detected in your compound, there is no other option but to deal with it.
Under the two categories, various types or treatments can be used. A quick look at their application and duration they last is provided below.
1. Liquid termiticides
There are two types of liquid termiticides depending on either they are repellent or not. Both are efficient from about five years to fifteen years.
They create a barrier in your property's soil that repels termites, hence, it serves as a preventive mode. Extensive drilling is done in the compound so as to maximize the treatment application by reaching all vulnerable areas. However, this is effective only if termites come into direct contact with them.
Unlike repellents, these can not be detected by termites tunnel into a heavily treated zone unaware of it. There are modified non-repellents which can be spread to nests and colonies by termites that came into contact with it.
2. Bait systems
Baits are pieces of woods or hard papers that are treated and placed strategically in every home unit and foundation. Moreover, there are some modified bait for these foraging creatures to feed on without instantly killing them; allowing transfer to the colony and finally being fed to the queen. Once a queen is dead, an infestation is doomed. Lasts for up to five years if well put.
3. Fumigation or tenting
Being a reserve for highly infested areas, fumigation is done for two to three days. Members of a house and pets have to be evacuated and any food storages covered. This is believed to be a thorough mode of treatment; recommended to places highly infested. Lasts for half a year before its efficiency reduces.
Equipped with enough knowledge on termite treatment, managing an infestation or preventing one should be easier than before. All you need is to contract a reliable pest control company and your property will be termite-free forever.