DIY, Home Maintenance & Repair
Oct 19, 2011 8:15 am
I live in an area that termites are known to inhabit - whilst I have a number of weatherboard homes around me, mine is a standard brick veneer only 3 years old. (I'm in Spotswood, Victoria)
The house was termite protected on construction - to be honest I'm not sure what method was used, I assume a spray as I have no 'top up' boxes around the perimeter that I've seen elsewhere.
It's high time this protection was updated - in fact I think I'm around 2 years overdue. I'm wary though - I have a fairly healthy reptile population around my garden. An entire nation of skinks, a small collection of geckos and the odd blue tongue. I've also been known to grow food-producing plants close to to the house. As such I'm looking for the safest alternative I can find - assuming there is one at all.
I'm told that most termite sprays are highly specific and so will not likely have a detrimental effect on other animals around the property .. but I have no idea if this is true.
Does anyone have any recommendations for 'safe' termite protection that can be applied post-construction??
Any tips welcome
Re: Termite top-up protection that won't kill my local skink2
Oct 20, 2011 5:04 pm
I recently had Termidor applied at my house. It was applied to the outside perimeter of the brick work and the inside perimeter under the house. They use quite alot of it and really soak it into the ground but its only about a 100mm wide barrier. Termidor acts as a growth inhibitor which prevents the termites from being able to shed and they pass it on to each other through grooming and it eventually kills off the nest. It's supposedly safe for all other inspects and animals. It's rather expensive at between $2500-$4500 for a treatment which lasts around 10-12 years. I certainly haven't noticed a reduced number of internal and external visitors to the house - mainly millipedes and spiders.
Re: Termite top-up protection that won't kill my local skink4
Nov 29, 2011 6:53 pm
If you have a slab on ground as you say Matt, then all you need is 75mm exposed of your concrete slab around its perimeter.
Termites hate sunlight and if they were going to invade your place they would have to build their earth tunnels from the dirt up to the entry point.
These tunnels are then easy to spot.
Don't build up the garden beds or paths against the house and you have a free, easily inspectable termite protection.
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