Traditional methods have involved either chemical barriers or baiting systems.
Chemical barriers are designed to deter termites from entry into the house. The challenge with chemical barriers is that they deteriorate over time and are often breached by a dog digging or a new garden bed, meaning if they are not replenished every 5 years or so, there could be gaps appearing in the barrier that may be found by the termites, allowing them entry into the home. Chemical barriers also do not get to the heart of the threat, the nest, which means any nearby colony will survive and be a constant threat to your property. Liquid barriers involve the use of hundreds of litres of chemical around the house which potentially pose a threat to you, your family, your pets and the environment.
Baiting systems involve placing monitoring stations around your property which are monitored at regular intervals, usually every three months. If termites are discovered, then the bits of wood are replaced with the bait which is then ingested and taken back and shared in the colony. The bait disrupts the normal functioning of the colony and once feeding on the bait has started, elimination of the colony occurs The key problem with this system is that it is possible for termites to attack the wood immediately after it is inspected thus leaving your home under attack for up to three months before the termites are discovered and the bait introduced.
Sentricon AlwaysActive is the only system which combines the positive aspects of both these systems and eliminates the negatives.
How does Sentricon AlwaysActive work ?
Installed strategically and discreetly around the home in the prime foraging areas, the Sentricon station provides a window into the world of the termites. The random and continuous foraging of the termites will be directed to the In-Ground stations.
The stations contain Sentricon IG Termiticide Rods which the termites find more palatable and more attractive than wood. The termites feed on the termiticide rods on mass, tunnel back to the nest all the while unaware that it is detrimental to their survival. The active ingredient in Sentricon AlwaysActive is what’s called an insect growth regulator, which means it is specific and deadly to termites, but safe to you and your family. Termites periodically shed their skin (moult), and this process is interrupted once ingestion of the Sentricon AlwaysActive occurs. An inability to moult results in the death of the workers, and ultimately leads to the elimination of the entire colony.