The Three Types of Termite Barriers explained
More often than not homes in Brisbane are now being protected from termite infestations by the use of termite barriers. There are basically three types of barrier, chemical, physical and mesh.
A chemical barrier is as the name suggests a chemical barrier with the intention of killing or destroying these pests but a chemical barrier needs to be retreated at least annually. If it is not reapplied on a regular basis the termites will return. A physical barrier again as the name implies is a blockage set in place that the termites cannot eat or squeeze their way through. The third barrier uses a mesh system to keep the termites away from your property. All new builds in Brisbane have to have some form of protective layer against termites.
The Termimesh system of mesh barriers is an impregnable and superior quality grade of stainless steel meshing. It is designed to keep termites out as well as being 100% free of any form of poisons used in eliminating this common pest in the city. The Termimesh system of termite control was developed in Perth, Western Australia in 1993 and is available across the country as well as on no less than four continents.
What is Termimesh?
Termimesh is a marine grade mesh system made of stainless steel and designed to be one of the highest quality termite barriers available on the market. The termites are unable to squeeze their way through the mesh system as each aperture is too small in addition the hardened steel is too strong for them to chew their way through.
How does it work
In new build homes it is installed during the house construction, it is installed around each service pipe that enters the house through the slab base to act as a physical barrier. It helps to seal off the hidden entry points that termites love to find if there is a weakness in the system.
Are Termite Mesh Barriers Proven to Work?
Termite Mesh Barriers have been in use for over 20 years in Australia and if it is correctly installed then yes it does work and is an effective deterrent. When looking for a mesh barrier you should only use one that is tested by CSIRO and holds the correct certification for the Australian Standard for Termite Control. The product you choose should comply with the Building Code of Australia and is also CodeMark approved.
How much Does a Termite Mesh Barrier Cost?
There are several variables given to this, it depends on the size and style of your home as well as the quality of the mesh barrier you choose to have installed. There are some cheaper less reliable products available but I would advise against going too cheaply, as this may eventually cost you more at a later date. It is advisable to fully discuss which termite mesh barriers to use with your house builder. An alternative is to have the barriers installed during the construction of your home by a specialist.
Guarantees on termite mesh barriers
Only buy or have installed mesh barriers that offer a lifetime guarantee to protect your entire home.
How are Termite Mesh Barriers Installed?
The only function of an effective barrier is to deter termites from entering into your property from below or in those unseen areas beneath the house. Termites nest underground and are constantly seeking to expand or move into new locations. Termites will try to gain access through whatever weaknesses there may be in your home, a traditional problem area has long been the service pipes that run through the concrete slab that your house sits on. Flanges are installed by fixing them to the pipes before the concrete base is poured and this seals the gap between the pipe and the concrete surrounding it.
Another problem area in the past has been in the cavity between the walls of your home. A mesh barrier is set in place on the concrete slab to ensure no termites can gain entry into the cavity between the inner and outer wall of your home.