Termites are often a farmer or gardener’s friend. They take fallen branches and other waste products and break them down. Because of this, the soil can become rich in nutrients, allowing for plants to grow and flourish. Unfortunately, this ability to break down wood into nutrients is the reason that they are the bane of homeowners with buildings using a wooden structure. You may not see the effect of termites for years, but by this time, the infestation would have grown to the point where professionals are needed. If you do see damage done by termites, using off the shelf products may not kill off an infestation, but move them to another part of the house to start somewhere new. To keep them at bay, termite barrier protection is important for many Australians with wooden-structured homes.
Termite treatments are available in different types; however, termiticide-based products seem to work best. The chemical is designed specifically to target termites and can be injected into wood that has been infected by these white ants. This usually can kill an infestation off within 2 weeks but most will die in about 24 hours.
Soil Barrier Treatments
If you are looking for a termite barrier system to protect your home, then your options include a termiticide spray or foam, steel mesh termite barriers, sand barriers or plastic barriers. Plastic barriers consist of a plastic sheet that has been impregnated with termiticide and is laid under your home. Steel mesh barriers stop termites from being able to access the tasty wood structure of your home and sand barriers are made with sand big enough to disable termites from making tunnels to get to their meal. Steel mesh barriers are usually installed beneath the concrete slab on which the home is built. Termiticide barriers are simply sprayed onto the ground below a home and will kill off any incoming attacks. Because most of these barriers should be installed before a home is built, it is important to talk to a termite specialist to find the right solution for you.