Granny flats have become increasingly popular in the past few years in Australia. They improve the overall value of the property and provide a private space for your elderly parents. These flats rarely come with the original home plan and homeowners usually add it at a later date if they have space in their property. However, before you attempt to construct a granny flat, you need to make sure there’s a termite barrier in place. We at Knock-Down Pest Control can help you with that.
What is a termite barrier?
A termite barrier is a physical or chemical barrier between the soil and the concrete slab and wooden framing of the property. Soil naturally contains termite and no matter how much you try to treat the soil and kill the existing termites, the pests will eventually come back and cause problems in the granny flat. These problems will spread to other areas of your property and cause considerable amount of damage.
People often forget to install termite barriers in granny flats and are forced to deal with frequent infestations and expensive repairs for a long time. You’ll have to regularly apply topical termite control solutions in order to keep your property safe and that can prove to be expensive in the long run.
Solutions available to you
We strongly believe that one-size doesn’t fit all and will offer custom solutions for your granny flat. Our experienced pest control professionals will examine the soil, consider the granny flat plans, and look at the overall weather condition before they recommend a solution for you. There are three types of termite barriers you can install in your property and our experts will help you choose one from among them. These options are:
- Physical termite barrier – This is a physical sheet that’s laid down on the soil just before the concrete for the slab is poured in. The physical barrier doesn’t just provide protection from termites, but also good protection from moisture. We’ll make sure the sheet is carefully installed and all the gaps are sealed carefully to ensure termites have no opportunity to slip past the barrier.
- Chemical termite barrier – Chemical barriers are similar to physical barriers as they ensure the termites and the building material are kept separate. However, they’re not a physical barrier. During the installation process, an effective barrier chemical is sprayed on the soil and allowed to sink in. This chemical barrier will cover the area and ensure there’s an efficient shield between the termites in the soil and the building material.
- Reticulation systems – Both physical and chemical barriers can wear off eventually and cause problems in the future. The best way to counteract this is to install a reticulation system. This system allows us to replenish the chemical barrier between the slab and the soil eventually. You don’t have to dig or carry out regular termite control if you have the reticulation system in place.
Our experienced team will explain the pros and cons of all these systems and help you choose something that fits your budget and requirements.
If you want to know more about our pest control services, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Knock-Down Pest Control today! You can reach us through our contact us form or call 1300 262 463 and we’ll be happy to assist you.