How would I know if I have reticulation chemical barrier?
Every home built after 2001 has a termite barrier installed during construction, most people know what they have in their property, if you are unsure you can always look in your meter box or when you next have your annual termite inspection you can ask your technician what type of barrier has been installed.[/two_third]
[two_third]Termite Reticulation systems look like a tube that’s runs around the perimeter of your home at the properties footing depth. The piping that runs around your home at footing depth has a fill point which should be surrounded by a injection box. The pipe has tiny holes which let the chemical out, leaching into the surrounding soil, providing you with a chemical barrier. Termite Reticulation systems need to be topped up every 3-5 years if filled with Bifenthrin and every 8 years if filled with Termidor. Termite Reticulation systems are most likely filled with Bifenthrin. If you want to change chemicals in your reticulation system make sure the timber pest technician flushes out the system before placing a new chemical into the system. It is also highly recommended that you have a termite inspection carried out when or before you refill the system. If you fill your system with Bifenthrin and don’t have a termite inspection done, you might be trapping the termite inside your home. This chemical is a repellent chemical therefore having a termite inspection done before the refill, is very important as nobody wants to trap termites inside their home. A very common chemical on the market now is called Termidor, this chemical is a non repellant chemical and last 8 years. Most people ask how a non-repellent chemical works – the chemical passes from one termite to another, this is called a transfer effect. So termites that come in contact with this chemical behave completely normal for a 24-hour period before dying. This period when termites behave normally after en-counting the chemical allows transfer of the product to thousands of other termites through contact and grooming.