Various methods of termite control and treatment have been used to control the termite menace.
Chemical Barriers around the perimeter and sub-floor of buildings and other timber structures are used. However these chemicals get accumulated in the soil and volatize producing harmful fumes that are dangerous. Toxic and harmful termiticides that are added to soil can also leach into the ground water causing problems
Steel frames, sand barriers, nematodes have been used to prevent termite damage. Sand barriers with sand of a specific size have been used. However this method has limited effectiveness as termites require only 1/164 inch to pass through a structure.
Metal termite barriers are both expensive and also face problems of rust and corrosion. They are not a feasible option. Also any gap between the metal barriers can allow the termites to pass through.
Termirepel™ Termite Films
Termirepel™added termite barriers and films are a sustainable solution to keep out termites. These films can be used in a variety of applications like construction work, agricultural use, insect repellant wrapping and storage bags for grain and other materials.
Termirepel ™ films have been tested extensively at the BAM institute in Germany with favourable results.
In South East Asia, Termirepel™ films have been used to deter weevils from banana plantations. Weevils are large insects that bore in grain and fruit trees.
Termirepel™ films are also being developed for applications to deter bedbugs and cockroaches.
Termirepel™ Termite Barriers
Termites are estimated to cause structural and construction damage of around 22 billion USD every year. The estimated cost of termite treatment around the world is about 200 million Euros.
In the construction sector a number of materials are susceptible to termite damage, the foundation and surrounding soil during the construction phase, wooden and synthetic surfaces of the finished project are all vulnerable to attack. Unprotected structures and constructions are susceptible to severe attack from termites and other pests. Termites not only attack wooden structures but also polymeric and other synthetic materials including base frameworks, furnishings and interiors.
Termites are usually detected too late after the damage has been done and treating them after an infestation had occurred is difficult and expensive.
Termirepel™ termite barriers can prevent termite infestation in structures. Termirepel™ is added in a thick film below the foundation. This acts as a termite barrier It prevents the termites form breaching the barrier and attacking any subsequent construction.
Termite barriers are used in a number of countries. Some countries have even made them mandatory in all new constructions to make them termite proof at the source. Termite Barrier Systems are specially developed trenches and plastic coverings to block termites from entering structures.
Termite Barriers are used widely in Europe. They are plastic films to which Termirepel™ has been added, which are placed below the foundation to deter termites. The termites are repelled by the Termirepel™ in the termite barriers and do not face the problems of conventional termite barriers.
Termite Barriers are useful in preventing termites from entering the basement, footings, the foundation and from accessing any other parts of the structures. They are very effective at preventing termite infestation. Termirepel™ added Termite Barriers have shown good efficiency in dealing with the termite infestation in houses in Europe. They were specially developed with this application in mind.
Termirepel™ Barriers are also being developed for use on roofs of houses to keep away wasps and birds.
The conventionally used termiticides have problems of toxicity and are a danger to non target species. They are also not compatible for the high temperatures of polymer extrusion. They can also be dangerous to the workers processing the sheets to which they are added.
The conventional barriers are not effective at keeping termites away due to the small size of termites.
Termirepel™ added termite barriers are ideal as they are non-toxic, non-hazardous and have a high temperature stability and effectiveness.