It’s a question we get all the time: how often should you get a termite treatment? And the answer really varies. Termites simply love the climate and landscape around Brisbane. But they love some areas in particular. So there isn’t really a hard and fast rule. So to help you assess your own situation, we have developed a brief guide on how often you should get a termite treatment. Hopefully, there’s enough information here to help you coordinate your termite inspections and termite treatments in the future!
Before you get a termite treatment, you will need a termite inspection
The first step to any termite treatment is a termite inspection. And termite inspections should be carried out pretty frequently. Luckily, it’s as easy as anything to arrange. All you need to do is get in touch with your pest specialist and book in a termite inspection. Around the Brisbane area, you should probably be getting at least one termite inspection a year. But you can discuss that further with your pest control specialists at your next inspection. If they are satisfied that your risk of termites is low, you mightn’t need inspections as frequently.
How often should you get a termite treatment? It depends on your location – is it a high risk area?
A lot of people love the outer suburbs of Brisbane. And it isn’t hard to see why! With an abundance of space, great parks and big backyards, the outer suburbs are a popular choice for many. But they are also a popular choice for termites. A lot of the things we love about these areas are also what attract termites. They love plenty of vegetation and tend to hide away in old rotting timber. So if you are in a high risk area, you will probably need more frequent pest inspections, and more frequent termite treatments. Of course,that doesn’t mean that termites aren’t closer to the city as well – so don’t get complacent!
If you have a chemical barrier termite treatment, it will normally need to be redone every few years
If you have already been through the motions and booked your annual pest inspections, then you might have some termite treatments in place already. One of the more common termite treatments we see is a chemical barrier. They basically work by depositing a chemical repellent around your property. Chemical barriers are an effective termite treatment, but they normally need to be replaced about every 2 to 4 years.
You should discuss the frequency of localised eradication treatments with your pest specialist
If you have encountered smaller instances of termite activity around your property in the past, you might be familiar with spot treatments. These termite treatments are less intense than most, as they only need to address a small number of termites. However, that does mean that you may need to repeat them pretty frequently. Probably, you will have to get annual or biannual termite inspections. Your pest control expert might also recommend a more long-term solution if the issue seems to be recurring.
Non-chemical termite barriers are often the best long-term termite treatments
When it comes to long-term termite treatments, physical barriers are the most popular. They are just a material like PVC or steel mesh that prevents termites from gaining access to the timber in your home. This makes them both simple, and effective! But even they can require a touch up every now and then. They also shouldn’t be used as a substitute for your annual termite inspections. These inspections are still important, as they can identify any problems with your termite barrier, should they arise. So get in touch with your pest control specialist if you need to book a termite a termite treatment or inspection. And don’t be afraid to ask them: how often should you get a pest inspection?