New buildings are a part of the business we are focussing on growing at Boss. There are a number of different options for pre-construction termite protection, and they are certainly not made equal. There are also a number of situations where they can be applied, from the addition of a deck, an extension to an existing house, or a whole new building. In this post we shall focus on the best products to use.
Termite Treatments for new homes.
There are a number of termite treatments available at the time of writing, namely physical such as graded stone particles, stainless steel mesh, and chemical impregnated blanket, as well as chemical means such as reticulation systems. Within these categories there are a myriad of different options and brands.
We believe that a chemical impregnated sheet is the way to go. Compared to products which are purely a physical means of deterring termites, chemical impregnated sheet products actually kill termites. The downside to physical products not containing an active ingredient is that they simply aim to force termites out into the open, whereby they can be spotted entering, and then treated accordingly. Treatment is rarely needed however, when the installed product contains a chemical, as it halts termites in most cases, with termites rarely evading it. This is why we prefer this means of termite protection.
Here at Boss, we rely mostly on a product called Homeguard, which is primarily a chemical impregnated sheet, with several complimentary products such as beads and sealants. This is our product of choice for 2 reasons; we have never seen a case where termites have breached it (as at time of writing), and it is very easy to use and handle.
The effectiveness of the product is due to the high grade synthetic sheet, which is impregnated with Bifenthrin. We believe it is superior to similar products, as it does not have to be installed facing a specific direction, as opposed to other materials, which have an active side, and an inactive side. This means that there is far less chance of the product being installed incorrectly. We have seen numerous cases where termites have accessed houses by tracking over the inactive side of a termite treatment; a phenomenon which cannot happen with homeguard.
The other beautiful thing about homeguard is that although it is impregnated with poison, it does not affect the installer, and no protective gear such as gloves are needed. This is not so with other chemically impregnated sheets, as the “porous” side can inflict skin irritation similar to the sensation of sunburn. This means homeguard is a far better choice for our clients as well, as it is safer for children and pets which come into contact with it.
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Stay tuned for next edition, when we discuss the different cases when termite protection is needed.