Termites may be tiny, but they can cause extensive damage to your home. Among all solutions, termite barriers have been proven to be effective in deterring termites from accessing and damaging your property. But how long do these barriers actually last? Let’s find out.
Physical Termite Barriers
These are usually installed during the construction phase to deter termites physically by creating a continuous barrier around the property. Examples include metal shields, crushed rock or specifically designed termite-resistant fabrics.
If installed correctly, physical termite barriers can last for decades. However, they may require periodic checks to ensure they have not been disrupted by subsequent renovations or root growth from vegetation.
Chemical Termite Barriers
These barriers use termiticides to deter termites from entering your property. It can either kill or repel termites, depending on the type of chemical used. Chemical termite barriers typically last between 5 and 8 years, depending on the specific chemical used and environmental conditions.
Factors Affecting The Longevity Of Termite Barriers
- Quality of Installation: Proper installation is important for the termite barrier to function as intended. Compromising the quality of installation can significantly reduce the effectiveness and lifespan of the barrier.
- Type of Soil: Certain soil types may degrade the chemicals faster or cause physical barriers to shift, thus reducing the lifespan of the barrier.
- Weather: Harsh weather can degrade or disrupt termite barriers.
- Subsequent Construction or Landscaping: Any construction work or landscaping changes around the property can potentially damage the barrier, shortening its lifespan.
Extending The Lifespan Of Your Termite Barrier
- Regular Inspections: It’s recommended to get your termite barrier inspected at least once a year by a professional pest control company. They can identify any issues early on and carry out the necessary repairs or reapplications.
- Consider Environmental Factors: If your property is in a region with heavy rainfall, regular flooding or extreme weather conditions, it may be beneficial to have more frequent inspections as these conditions can degrade or disrupt termite barriers more quickly.
- Termite Monitoring Stations: Alongside your termite barrier, consider installing termite monitoring stations. These stations not only help detect termite activity early but also divert their attention away from your property, thus protecting your barrier from potential breaches.
Termite Barriers And Prevention Systems On The Sunshine Coast
At Suncoast Pest Solutions, we provide quality termite control barriers on the Sunshine Coast. Our team also has a deep understanding of how climate, soil conditions and land can impact pest behaviour. Contact us today to schedule a thorough inspection and take the first step towards safeguarding your property from termites.