Treated Zone vs Monitored Zone

treated vs monitored

Do you know the difference between the treatments available for your property and any termite issues?

We've put together a summary below on the differences between a 'treated' zone and a 'monitored' zone.

Please note: Before deciding on the best treatment option for your property, it is always best to seek the advice of your pest professional.


Treated zone

A treated zone uses a highly effective liquid treatment around the termite entry points into your home. This exposes the termites if they attempt to enter.

How is this done?

  1. Complete a thorough termite inspection by a qualified technician for past or current subterranean termite infestation. 
  2. Any termite colony found to be attacking the site will be eliminated using a registered colony elimination process (dusting or baiting)
  3. Construct a treated zone by applying chemicals to the soil:
      • Trenching the soil around the perimeter of the building and any supports or other ground contacts; and/or
      • Carefully drilling through slab areas that adjoin the perimeter of your building like pathways; and/or
      • Installing a termite chemical reticulation system (if required) that is used to reapply chemical if necessary.
  4. Regular or at least annual termite inspections.
  5. Following the treatment, you can apply for a five year termite insurance policy. This policy covers new timber damage and repair. 

What you need to know

  1. The applied chemical needs to contact the slab edge and the footings of the house all around the perimeter.
  2. If the floor is suspended, chemical needs to be applied externally and underneath.
  3. It is best to remove paving, tiles or concrete to treat the soil directly where possible.
  4. If unable to treat directly, chemical will be injected into the soil after drilling. 

Advantages

  • Treated zone is effective for a number of years.
  • Depending on treatment type, this will repel termites or kill them as or after they cross the barrier.

Disadvantages

  • Treated zone will need to be replenished at some point.
  • If the treated zone is disturbed or covered the barrier may be breached or bridged.


Monitoring zone

A monitoring zone uses a strategically installed series of unobtrusive termite monitoring stations in the ground around your home to detect termites. 

These stations are checked regularly. If termites are found in the monitoring stations then the monitor is replaced with a control-bait, which termites feed on and carry back to the nest. There, they infect the other termites resulting in elimination of the colony attacking your home. Once the colony is eliminated the system reverts to its monitoring phase.

How do we do this?

  1. Complete a thorough termite inspection by a qualified technician for past or current subterranean termite infestation. 
  2. Any termite colony found to be attacking the site will be eliminated.
  3. Install a series of termite monitoring stations around your home.
  4. Regularly monitor the system for termite attacks to ensure a timely warning. 
  5. Bait and eliminate any termite colonies that are detected.
  6. Continue to monitor for termites.
  7. Regular annual termite inspection of the property. 
  8. Following the installation, you can apply for a five year termite insurance policy. This policy covers new timber damage and repair.

What you need to know

  1. In ground monitoring stations may require holes to be created in concrete and paving.
  2. The monitoring stations must be inspected regularly.
  3. The bait stations cannot be contaminated.
  4. If the monitoring stations are damaged we need to be contacted immediately.
  5. If you discover termites we need to be contacted immediately. 

Advantages

  • Eliminates the entire attacking termite colony.
  • The chemical bait is used only when needed.
  • Usually easy to add or modify monitoring stations if the property changes.
  • You can see the system working.

Disadvantages

  • Requires regular inspections.
  • Takes time to eliminate a colony.

Please note: Before deciding on the best treatment option for your property, it is always best to seek the advice of your pest professional.