Technical Information

6 Expert Opinions

During the development of our system we received
appraisals from experts associated with the pest control industry

Garden monitoring systems

2 typical
garden monitors

Garden monitor manufacturers claim that when termites are suddenly discovered in your garden they will head straight for your house and devour it. “This is just, not true”

The CSIRO state that 80% of Australian homes are within 25M of a termite colony.  So the termites have not, just arrived, they’re in almost every bodies garden, and have been for 1000s of years.

Their monitors are only designed to detect termites in the garden. They are sometimes called in-ground monitors, baits or bait stations. They usually consist of 200mm wooden stakes which are placed in plastic tubes and positioned 3M apart around the perimeter of a house. They can be bought on line or from a pest controller  who will install them and inspect them on a regular basis, for an ongoing fee.

These wooden monitors do not attract termites to them. Termites need to literally bump into them while tunnelling underground. Termites can easily go between or under them and gain entry into your house, undetected. So you could be diligently inspecting them outside the house, and the termites could be devouring you house inside…and you wouldn’t know a thing about it.

Although there maybe 100s of 1000s of termites in your garden doesn’t mean that they can get into your house.

There are over 300 species of harmless verities but only 4 like eating house frames. So why then, would you want to catch and poison termites that are not causing any problems and upsetting the eco system.

Alates or flying termites can also gain entry into the house by simply flying through the air. They definitely won’t be detected by garden monitors.

Termite pest inspection methods

When a pest controller is called in they generally do a visual inspection outside, around the perimeter of the house. They don’t dig up your garden because they know the termites are already there. They’re main concern is to check that termites have not gained entry into the house. There are many devices used. Tapping on architraves and skirting board mouldings is one way. They know that termites will attack this type of soft wood first before they get stuck into your wooden house frame. More sophisticated devices such as moisture meters and movement sensors are also used. They may even drill holes in the walls and use bora scope (Tiny cameras) to allow them to inspect inside the wall cavities.

If they don’t find anything they will supply a multi page report and desperately try to sign you up for anther inspection in a years time. If termites cause any damage during that time the pest controller will claim, and rightly so, that the termites were not there, when they did their last inspection.

Chemical barrier systems

This process is carried out by a pest controller. One method is to excavate a 300 x 300mm trench around the perimeter of the house. The excavated soil is impregnated with poison and placed back in the trench. The poison creates a termite barrier that termites have trouble getting through. Obviously, it’s a very messy and expensive undertaking. Garden and turfed areas need to be dug up and there is always the problem with drive and pathways. Heavy continuous rain can wash away or dilute the poison strength enough to eliminate it, as a barrier. Termites can also go under the barrier and gain access into the house without your knowledge.

There are other forms of chemical barriers where pipes are laid around the perimeter of the house that incorporate spaced nozzles. The poison is pumped around the house under pressure. Unfortunately, blockages of these nozzles can occur which restricts to flow of poison going completely around the house. Another system is to drill 15mm holes into the perimeter of the concrete slab 300mm apart and pumping poison into them.  Alates or flying termites can also gain entry into your home by simple flying through the air. Termite poison barriers have always been considered environmentally UN friendly.

Don't wait until your home is a termite damage statistic.