Are the most popular forms of termite protection and consist of a liquid termiticide that is sprayed either underneath a slab (in the case of new home constructions), around the external perimeter in the case of an existing house or piped through a reticulated system around a home. Liquid termite barriers have varying lives of between 5 and 10 years depending on the treatment used after which time it will have to be re-applied. At Pest Assassins Pest Control we use all 3 registered termite barrier products and the choice depends on the warranty period, cost, method of operation or toxicity level. Briefly, these four products are:
Bifenthrin – our most popular treatment for termites. It’s an odourless, water based, synthetic pyrethroid modelled on Mother Nature’s very effective insecticide pyrethrum which is extracted from the pyrethrum daisy. At the recommended dosage rate Bifenthrin provides the longest protection period of any termiticide. The barrier stays exactly where you need it and will not be leached away by rainfall or watering of lawns and gardens. Unlike some products, Bifenthrin is non-systemic, which means garden plants and other vegetation will not translocate the barrier away from the treated area. Bifenthrin solves your termite problems in two ways; not only does it work quickly to kill and repel foraging termites, it also creates an invisible protective barrier that surrounds your home for 5 years and our warranty ensures this.
Fipronil – is a relatively new water based and odourless treatment that has gained popularity in recent years. It is a little unique in that it acts not so much as a barrier to repel termites, rather it encourages termites to enter a treated zone where it bonds to their cuticles. The termites will not die immediately but because of their nature, will pass this toxin onto other termites. Even if termites don’t come into contact with the treated zone, they eventually will die because of their contact with other infected termites.
Imidacloprid – like Fipronil is a non-repellant termiticide. Termites can not detect it so they will unknowingly enter a treated zone and carry the poison back to the colony all the while infecting other termites. Imidacloprid is water based, non-odorous and has low toxicity to humans and household pets.