We were recently called out to a house in Muswellbrook to investigate a termite problem in a house. The house was a brick veneer construction on a concrete slab. Subterranean termites were active in the dining room walls.
This particular home has had a long history of termite activity where baiting strategies were used and worked well. However, the problem was that there was a lot of pressure from the surrounding environment on the property. They have had to do a lot of repairs over the years as different subterranean termite colonies attacked the property several times.
How do you control termites?
Once we completed the timber pest inspection, we formulated a Property Management Plan Proposal to manage the current infestation and protect the structure into the future.
We first carried what is known as a localised or remedial treatment which is designed to control the activity within the structure and the colony. We carried out a remedial treatment with I termiticide dust. This dust is applied to the termite workings and termites and the affected termites unknowingly pass the chemical onto other termites in the colony which, if carried out correctly, controls the colony.
With the colony removed from the structure, the next step was to protect the property. Most commonly the soil around the perimeter of a structure constructed on concrete is treated forming a treated zone. Subterranean Termites travel under the soil, if this is done correctly, subterranean termites cannot attack the home in the future as they cannot successfully gain access into the structure.
This can be a lot of work. Concrete or paved paths need to be removed and then replaced, hot water systems and air conditioning units need to be temporarily removed, trenches need to be dug which will vary in depth depending on construction. Treatment needs to be applied. As most termiticides registered for use in the soil in Australia this day in age, this process will need to be repeated every 5-8 years or less depending on many factors. It is a lot of work.
What is the ReTerM™ system?
A fantastic option is, instead of doing this every few years. Do it once. We installed a product called ReTerM™. This product is a termiticide replacement system that is installed around your property.
ReTerM™ provides an active barrier between your home and a highly destructive subterranean termite species that are most likely in your neighbourhood right now. The beauty of such a product is that it allows fast and effective, periodic retreatment to your home for many years. Meaning that the invasive cutting of concrete areas, lifting of pavers etc. is only done once. It consists of a UPVC pipe to carry the termiticide around the structure which is then covered by a specialised perforated sleeve to evenly distribute the termiticide to the soil. Due to the design of the perforated sleeve, injecting the pipe creates an even backpressure throughout the entire ReTerM™ system with minimal discharge into the soil until the system is full. Once full, even pressures allow for even distribution of the termiticide to the soil protecting your property from subterranean termite ingress.
Once the system is installed, it is covered over with good soil, concrete or pavers are put back in place and you won’t even know it’s there. And best of all, several years down the track, there will be no need to repeat the whole process. We just come out and in a very short time, your system is charged and ready to protect again.
If you have concerns about termites and advice on the best management system for your property, or free a free quote for ReTerM™ contact Amalgamated Pest Control Muswellbrook.