Termite Treatment Options: What To Do If You Can’t Afford A Termite Barrier
Know your options.
Termite barriers are a very important step in protecting your home. If you can't afford a termite barrier, you have a few options available to you.
1. Organise annual checks
Secondly, you should organise annual checks to make sure termites never return.
DedAnt can schedule these for you. Ask our friendly team to put your contact details into our client database and annual reminders will be emailed to you.
Annual Termite Inspections usually cost about $250.00 including GST and can be combined with a General Pest Inspection. If you would like to know more, contact our office and ask for our combo deal rates.
Mention this blog and we'll include free cockroach gel with the Annual Timber Pest Inspection for no extra cost.
2. Termite bait system
Termite bait systems lure and trap termites.
However, a termite bait system is a flawed deterrent, as it allows space for the termite to forage through the area between the baits.
Although it is a flawed system, imperfect protection is better than none at all.
Termite bait systems can also cost almost as much as barriers, depending on the amount of bait used.
3. A partial barrier
Consider a partial barrier if you can't afford a termite barrier around your whole property.
A partial barrier is installed to protect the most vulnerable areas of the property. This can be combined with termite baits for a more effective system.
Any system is better than no system, but only a complete barrier comes with a warranty. Partial barriers do not.
4. Maintain good habits and do what you can to reduce the risk of termites
Termites are creatures that love damp areas, timber, humid conditions and moist soil. This means are much more likely to invade a home that is providing conducive conditions to their habitation than others that aren't.
Maintain good home maintenance habits and reducing conducive conditions around your property can potentially save you hundreds of thousands of dollars. It's also a great way of ensuring you're doing what you can to protect the property.
Some simple ways to reduce conducive conditions is to make sure water is properly diverted from the property, trimming branches overhanging the roof and cleaning up garden debris.
Check out our previous blog for more tips about keeping termites out of your home.
5. Get a spot treatment as soon as possible if you find termites
If you see termites at all, don't disturb them! Termites are highly elusive creatures that will find a new hiding place if disturbed. This makes them much harder to find and treat.
Instead, stay calm and call a pest inspector as soon as possible. They will be able to come out and exterminate the termites with a spot treatment. This spot treatment is a slow-acting chemical that the treated termites will take back to the nest killing off the whole nest.
How much do termite barriers cost?
However, if you change your mind about getting a barrier there are several important things to know about the cost.
Our Termite Barrier typically costs anywhere from $1,200 - $3,900+ with the chemical lasting up to 8 years. Pricing is based on the perimeter measurement and how much chemical is needed to be trenched and drilled. The larger the house, the greater the cost.
Although barriers are generally reliable, they are not impenetrable. Termites can enter through other methods such as cold joints in concrete slabs or through the roof void. That's why it's important to continue to have annual termite inspections to check the barrier hasn't been compromised.