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Termite Protection

Fact: Termites can travel underground to get to your home; they can even get through cracks in your concrete slab.

Rentokil has several methods to help protect your building or structure against termites. These include:

  • As part of a holistic service offering, where required, we place termite monitoring units around the affected property which we inspect at regular intervals to assess termite activity

  • Termite monitoring involves the use of unobtrusive termite bait stations, which are placed around the perimeter of your property to detect termite activity. Your Rentokil termite expert will routinely monitor these stations for termite activity.

  • This method can be used at any stage of the building’s life.

  • A chemical termite barrier involves applying a liquid chemical to the soil, either under concrete flooring or around the entire perimeter of the building.

  • This method can be used at any stage of the building’s life.

Chemical termite barriers

By the time termites are detected, it’s probably already too late. Termite infestations are not easy to spot and they can do an incredible amount of damage. Preventative measures can therefore provide a “safety bubble” for your property.

  • What is a Chemical Termite Barrier? A chemical termite barrier involves applying a liquid chemical to the soil, either under concrete flooring and/or around the entire perimeter of your building’s foundations. Our termite control technicians are trained to take care of your home or business, working with you to create an effective barrier with the minimum disruption to your premises and its surroundings.
  • Who should use the Chemical Termite Barrier? A chemical barrier is suitable for most people who want to take steps towards protecting their home or business from termite infestations. A chemical barrier has the advantage that it can be implemented at any time.
  • Types of Chemical Barrier: There are various types of chemical termite barriers; for example some chemicals are designed to kill the termites and others are designed to deter them. The life expectancy of a chemical barrier can be guaranteed for 5 years. Every termite situation is different, so choosing the right type of termite chemical barrier for you is very important. 
  • Termiticides applied in line with SABS: The chemicals used by Rentokil are registered and tested by the SABS (South African Bureau of Standards), and are applied in line with product label specifications as well as the SABS to circumvent any negative effects to the environment. 

Rentokil’s experienced termite control technicians are trained regularly to update their expertise in your local area and its environment, as well as the latest technology so they can empower you to make that choice.

Chemical Free termite barriers

As more of us realise the importance of conserving our natural environment, we offer chemical free termite barriers which provides an effective treatment where conventional chemical treatments cannot be provided i.e. buildings with historical value where drilling, etc is not allowed.

Your first step in getting rid of termites should be to arrange a thorough inspection of your property to confirm their presence.

Wondering how to get rid of termites? Our Rentokil pest control experts will survey your premises and recommend a termite treatment for your needs. Call us today on 0861 117 852.

Prevention Tips on how to get rid of Termites

  • Remove stored timber, debris and cellulose materials from under, in and around the property and under the house: Storing timber against or under your house or property on a soil sub-floor will provide an attractive food source and nesting site for subterranean termites. It can also hide evidence of termites invading your home. Remove any timber and/or debris (dead leaves) away from the house.

  • Repair leaking taps and pipes: These include leaking taps, pipes and hot water overflow pipes under or around your home. To get rid of termites, you need to repair leaking and pipes to reduce moisture levels, which attract subterranean termites close to or under your property.

  • Ensure that vents to subfloor areas are never blocked: Substandard ventilation in the sub-floor areas of your property will result in high humidity, and high moisture levels. Good ventilation and extraction fans where necessary are essential to reduce the risk from subterranean termites.

  • Divert all hot water services and air conditioning overflows away from side of house: Ensure stormwater runoff is properly connected.

  • Use only termite treated timber in garden beds, retaining walls or fence posts: Make sure that you get rid of termites before they become a problem. Do not use untreated timbers to form garden beds or retaining walls, as these will attract termites around your property.

  • Construct timber fences and support posts with a 50mm clearance between the timbers and the soil: Often the bases of timber fence palings and/or sub-floor timbers breach the soil surface. This allows termites access without detection. Galvanised post shoes that elevate the timber off the ground are available from any good hardware store.

  • Don’t allow climbing plants or bushy gardens to grow against the structure: Climbing plants growing against the side of the structure of your property provide termites with entry undetected. The roots of some plants can also penetrate the foundations of your property allowing termites access points that are very difficult to locate. Allow at least a 30cm clearance. DO NOT Plant trees that are notorious for sending roots under slabs close to the home.

  • Remove dead trees or stumps: Dead trees and stumps are ideal sites for termites to nest in. Remove these or have them treated to reduce the risk to your property.

  • Ensure that termite shielding is not damaged or breached in any way: Metal strips or ant caps around the foundation of your home do not prevent termite entry but force termites out into the open where they can be detected with regular termite inspection.

  • Be aware: Building alterations or additions can alter or render ineffective previous termite protection: Adding a pergola, new awnings or veranda, concrete slab extensions, or even new plumbing can provide a route of entry for termites into the property across the termite protection barrier previously applied.

  • Where a house is a concrete slab on ground construction you should leave a minimum of 75mm of slab edge exposed: Weep holes in between brickwork, found immediately above the slab, should also be left exposed. If you construct gardens, allow soil to be deposited above the edge of the slab, or above pavers over the slab face, otherwise termites can gain entry undetected into your property and breach the previously applied termite barriers.

  • Ensure all formwork timber is removed after construction: Termites can often attack formwork and use it to gain access into your home.

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