Termite Control Options
When looking at termite control there are 3 main ways to protect your home:
1. Home Perimeter Treatment
These treatments are applied to the soil around and under your home. They are one of the most common and successful methods of termite control. There are 2 types of soil treatments. These are either repellent or non-repellent:
Repellent treatments are an older technology and can be problematic if termites are present. Repellent treatments don't kill termites that are already attacking your home or kill the colony itself. In fact the termites may find a gap in the treatment and still attack your home.
Non-repellent treatments are a newer technology and are the preferred way to treat active termites. As termites are unable to detect these treatments, they pass through treated soil around the house and pick up a lethal dose.
The best non-repellent products, such as ALTRISET, are carried back to the nest by affected termites, where it spreads to others in the colony. This means it not only provides a protective barrier around your home, it continually reduces termite numbers in the area around your property.
When active termites infestations are discovered, it is important that they be treated directly. This is generally done via dusts or foams. This method kills termites very quickly, but should be done in conjunction with a perimeter treatment to stop them coming back.
ALTRISET is an effective direct treatment that can be used as a foam. Your pest manager should re-inspect 14-28 days after applying a direct treatment and would usually follow up with a perimeter treatment using ALTRISET.
In termite baiting systems wood is placed in feeding stations around the perimeter of the home. Termites are attracted to the bait stations before they reach the home. Once termites start feeding, a control agent is added which is carried back to the nest.
There are a few problems with this system. Termites may not take the baits. And if the distance between the baits is too large, termites may walk straight past them. It also fails to provide protection once the baits are removed.