Termite Prevention Barriers on the Sunshine Coast to North Brisbane

Termite prevention barriers are the only thing you can have to protect your home from termites by reducing the likelihood of damage.

Did you know 1 in 4 homes are attacked by termites each year? Every home in Australia, from the Sunshine Coast to North Brisbane should have a Termite Management System in place and maintained around their home.

Our family run business has been protecting homes from termites on the Sunshine Coast for more than 30+ years and we’ve recently added this service to the North Brisbane area. You can be sure our family will be here to protect your family from termites far into the future. To make sure you’re termite free, we only use the best products on the market for termite prevention via chemical soil treatments: Termidor or Termidor HE. Our long history of experience has enabled us to install the highest quality barriers with interest and fee-free payment plans to families like yours.

Our termite prevention treatments can be split into two categories:

  1. Chemical Soil Termite Prevention Barriers
  2. Physical Termite Prevention Barriers

In addition to physical prevention barriers and chemical soil barriers, there is a third option that’s gained popularity: termite baiting. However, due to the termite pressure we receive in QLD, termite baiting should only be used where a chemical soil barrier is not viable, or as a compliment one.

The only time we will install a baiting system is in the rare circumstance when a building’s design makes this the only option. We care too much about you, your family, and your home to use a baiting system when a chemical soil barrier is possible. Your peace of mind, comfort, and the value of your investment are too important for us to consider taking a shortcut. To put it simply, the best option is a chemical soil barrier so that is what we focus on to protect families on the Sunshine Coast to North Brisbane!

What is a Chemical Soil Termite Prevention Barrier?

A chemical soil termite prevention barrier involves permeating the soil around the perimeter of your home’s foundations that prevents termites.

Chemical soil prevention treatments can be done either pre or post-construction. This is often the best option and the most forgiving of a home’s construction limitations.  Installing chemical soil barriers can involve a mixture of trenching, drilling, installing or refilling reticulation lines, scarifying or horizontal treatments. The end result is that the soil that comes in contact with your home is impregnated with a termiticide. Since barrier installation is labour intensive, and the method of installation is dependant on how your home is built, we come to your home for a free on-site consultation and then provide a free proposal for your review before scheduling the installation.

However, chemical soil barriers are not permanent and have to be topped up, refilled, or reinstalled every so often.

How Often Should I Replenish My Chemical Termite Prevention Barrier?

The frequency of chemical soil barrier replenishments depends on three things:

  • The termite pressure in the location
  • The construction of the home
  • The type of soil

For example, a reasonable replenishment frequency for a standard home in Southeast QLD is once every five years. If you’re unsure about your chemical barrier’s refill rate, contact our team — we’re always happy to help!

What is a Physical Termite Prevention Barrier?

A physical termite prevention barrier is exactly that, a physical barrier that is installed to the vulnerable areas within the structure of your home to block any entrance termites may find.

A physical termite prevention barrier can only be installed before a home is constructed. A physical barrier may involve installing a termiticide saturated polymer sheet (which is a plastic sheet) around the concrete slab edge and suspending it across the brick cavity, protecting the concrete slab’s cold joints of a building, or putting collars (plastic mouldings) around service penetrations (where plumbing and electrical hookups come into the building).

Our team installs physical prevention barriers for both new home builds and home renovations and extensions. All we need to provide you with a proposal is for you to send us your building plans. For renovations and extensions without formal plans, we need to come out on-site and meet you and your builder to discuss your plan in person. Once everyone is happy with the proposed termite management system we’ll work directly with the builder to schedule the different stages of installation.

For physical prevention barriers to be successful we always recommend contacting us early in the planning process. Far too often we get a phone call the night before the concrete slab is poured, meaning we are unable to help on such short notice, or other vital steps have been missed. It is important to contact us at least a few weeks prior to laying your foundation.

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Termite Barrier Costs

A termite barrier can cost anywhere from $220 up to $5000+. It really depends on the scope of work.

How Much Does a Chemical Termite Barrier Cost?

A typical 4 bedroom home built on a single level concrete slab can take anywhere between 1-2 days to install and will cost in the range of $1200-$4000 for a complete Chemical Soil Termite Management System Installation.

It’s standard in Australia to need 12 monthly inspections every year in order to maintain the warranty provided by the chemical supplier. Regular inspections are also required to maintain a building warranty for a newly constructed home —  these are usually guaranteed for 10 years.

We provide 2 – 12 month interest free, fee free payment plans for Termite Management System Installations.

How Much Does a Physical Termite Barrier Cost?

Physical termite barrier jobs range from just doing a single penetration in a tiny renovation, to protecting a single cold joint, to protecting a home extension, to protecting a new build of a standard modern home, all the way up to protecting a really complicated mansion. If you’re curious how much a physical termite barrier will cost for your home, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help!

It really is dependent on the type of construction and the size of the project. Physical termite protection is generally used because it’s cheaper than a chemical soil barrier to install and it lasts longer (newly installed barriers are warranted for 50 years by the manufacturer). However chemical soil barriers are generally considered superior in performance, but they cost more and have to be replenished generally every 5 years.

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Our Termite Prevention Process

Whether you’re building a new home, needing to replenish your existing chemical termite prevention barrier, or have seen termites in and around your home, we want you to know exactly what to expect when working with our team!

Free On Site Consultation

We provide a free consultation where one of our pest technicians comes to your home to measure the perimeter of your home, review footing depth, and assess the best way to install a new barrier or rejuvenate an existing one. We will discuss all options with you and develop a plan on how to get the job done right!

Termite Management System Proposal

After our free onsite consultation you’ll be emailed a Termite Management System Proposal which outlines the scope of work and costs. Our amazing customer service team will be in contact to discuss and answer any questions you may have. We understand this is a big investment and want you to feel 100% prepared with all the information you need!

Confirmation

If you choose our team to help install or replenish a termite prevention barrier for your home, we will send a document to be signed electronically (very easy — we promise!) to confirm a start date. Please note, we take a 20% deposit and book in a time to conduct the installation.

Installation Or Replenishment Begins!

Our team will get started on our agreed upon start date and at the end of the installation (or replenishment) a notice will be placed in your metre box. The specifics of what happens on installation or replenishment day is dependent on what needs to be done. It can take anywhere from one hour to two days, which can be split across four days. Our team will let you know our plan for your home before installation or replenishment begins.

Certificate Of Installation

Our team will email you your certificate of installation for your records. This certificate includes what product was used, how much of it was used, what the active chemical is, how long the system is designed to last, what (if any) limitations there are, and shows where it was installed. This is an important record to keep for the following reasons:

  • Resale of your home
  • If you decide to use a different pest control company in the future, the new company will be able to understand your Termite Management System
  • It tells you when you need to renew your system. In the case of a physical barrier, it shows when you will need to install a chemical soil barrier as you are unable to renew/replenish a physical barrier

Why Is Termite Prevention Important?

  • Maintaining a current Chemical Soil Termite Management System and keeping up with inspections can increase the value of your home because it takes away doubt about any previous termite infestations and damage.
  • 1 in 4 homes in QLD get attacked by termites and termite damage is not covered by your home or contents insurance.
  • The cost of a barrier is usually less than home and contents insurance when you break the fees down annually.
  • Even if you have a tilt slab constructed premises and a home with metal framing, you should still consider a barrier. While these methods of construction limit the structural damage termites can cause, it doesn’t stop them from eating what’s inside! All of your internal walls, doors, and furnishings can still fall victim to a termite attack.
  • In addition to physical prevention barriers and chemical soil treatments, there is a third option that has gained popularity in New South Wales and the Southern States — termite baiting. However, baiting systems do not lower the risk sufficiently for the termite pressure we receive in QLD. The only people this treatment is good for in Queensland are the pest control and chemical companies because they can charge a lot for a very imperfect service. It’s not good enough for you, your family, or your home and we refuse to employ this method except in rare circumstances where it is the only option available due to the building’s design. Your peace of mind and investment in your home are too important to us to consider shortcutting in this manner.

Curious about our termite inspections and how we treat for termites? Please go here.

How To Prevent Termites From Getting In Your Home?

  • Don’t build gardens up against your home.
  • Avoid planting trees close to your home.
  • Don’t cover weep holes in your brick work. Termites can tunnel into your home through these points if they can gain access.
  • Don’t build retaining walls, garden beds, outdoor furniture, or structures with untreated wood.
  • Be vigilant in ensuring excess moisture is not building in areas around your home. Common trouble spots outside your home to check are:
    • Leaking hot water systems
    • Air conditioners
    • Damaged downpipes
    • Blocked drains
    • Dripping taps and hoses
  • Keep an eye out for the following inside your home:
    • Broken exhaust fans in bathrooms, laundries and kitchens
    • Damaged sealant around baths and showers
    • Damaged internal plumbing
    • Swelling or blistering of internal walls, ceilings and skirting boards
  • If you find active termites on your premises, get them treated by a professional pest control technician as soon as possible (or practical)!
  • In the time between identifying termites and getting them treated, it is important that you do not disturb them as this will change their pattern of behaviour. A professional termite treatment ensures the necessary termiticides are transferred from termite to termite and taken back to the nest and transferred to the entire colony. These products are only available to licensed technicians and are not available to the general public.

Please keep in mind: prevention barriers and regular inspections provide the best security against termite problems. Bottom line, termites are awful and you need to book regular termite inspections to protect your home and property.

Frequently Asked Questions About Termites

I have a physical barrier. Why should I put in a chemical soil barrier?

The pros and cons of a physical barrier are:

The pros:

  • They’re cheap
  • They last a long time

The cons are:

  • When a pest company installs physical barrier, they are first on site after the slab is poured. They have no control over the integrity of that system once installed. We’ve often heard of other tradies damaging it, and we’ve even seen it ripped out and thrown in the bin.
  • There is no way of inspecting the physical barrier after your home is built to ensure the physical barrier is intact.
  • It can be bridged or breached; meaning termites can build ways around it.
  • Flaws in your homes constructions can offer entry points around the physical barrier, whereas a chemical soil barrier is much more forgiving.
  • Physical barriers won’t transfer the product to other termites and take out the colony

The pros and cons of a chemical soil barrier are:

The cons:

  • You have to do them every 5 years
  • It can be a bit noisy to install, and a bit disruptive around your home during installation
  • It’s an expense many people don’t budget for

The pros:

  • It’s the only way to insure your home (& probably biggest asset) against termite damage
  • It’s the best way to protect your home against termite damage
  • It is great value when you consider cost verse the potential damage it can save you
  • It offers residual termite colony control for 5 years
  • It uses a transferring effect that is unique to chemical soil barriers.

What are my options for managing the risk of termites?

Level 1 – No protection, Early Detection – 6 monthly Termite Inspections

Usually the cost of the extra Termite Inspection each year would pay for the barrier. Any potential savings you may make by not installing a chemical soil barrier would be lost in the event your home gets attacked by termites. The cost of treatment and rectification work would be far more costly than the cost of level 3 protection.

Level 2 – Low Protection – Physical Barrier + Annual Inspections

The pros and cons of a physical barrier are:

The pros:

  • They’re cheap
  • They last a long time

The cons are:

  • When a pest company installs physical barrier, they are first on site after the slab is poured. They have no control over the integrity of that system once installed. We’ve often heard of other tradies damaging it, and we’ve even seen it ripped out and thrown in the bin.
  • There is no way of inspecting the physical barrier after your home is built to ensure the physical barrier is intact.
  • It can be bridged or breached; meaning termites can build ways around it.
  • Flaws in your homes constructions can offer entry points around the physical barrier, whereas a chemical soil barrier is much more forgiving.
  • Physical barriers won’t transfer the product to other termites and take out the colony

Level 3 – High Protection – Chemical Soil Barrier + Annual Inspections

  • Residual colony control for 5 years + early detection that may arise from building defects etc. Your home is secure

Level 4 – Ultimate Protections – Chemical + Physical + Annual Inspections

  • Physical termite barriers built into your home backed up by chemical soil barriers to further reduce the risk of termites bridging and breaching the physical barrier. Annual inspections further ensure termite don’t find a way to exploit hidden building defects and maintains the physical and chemical manufacturers warranties.

How long after a termite barrier is installed will I see the results?

The purpose of a termite barrier is to reduce the likelihood of termites ever entering your home. The result is your piece of mind. Annual termite inspections will still be required to make sure the barrier remains effective and is not being bridged or breached. Annual inspections coupled with a termite barrier is the best way to reduce the overall risk of termites to your home.

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