Do you have termites around your home?
Don’t panic! The following information will guide you through the eradication of any termites on your property.
Getting to know the Termite
- There are many species of termites in Australia, with 6 main families on 2 of which cause most of the damage to our homes and property.
- Termites are a social insect, living together in colonies than can grow to huge numbers.
- There are many species of termites in Australia, with 6 main families only 2 of which cause most of the damage to our homes and property.
- As with other ants, there are workers, soldiers and the breeding king and queen in the termite colony.
- De-hydrating and dying quickly in exposed, sunlit environments, termites need a moist humid environment with an available water source to survive.
- Termites travel and nest in the top 300mm of the soil. Treatments must go down into this soil to effectively eradicate a nest.
- Evidence of termite activity is sometimes seen with the mud/dirt tunnels they build up brick or timber work to protect themselves from the direct sunlight.
- Termites prefer soft pine timbers to other harder wood. Even in a steel frame home the termite can get into the timber trims around doors and windows as well as the doors themselves.
Prevention First – You can discourage termites by remembering these simple guidelines:
- Termites are attracted to wood, so remove potential termite food away from buildings
- – their food can include timber stacks, old stumps, building refuse, garden decoration such as sleepers and logs.
- Waste timber from construction activities is often left in place or stored under the house – remove all timber formwork.
- Timber can be treated to prevent termite attack, and some timbers are naturally resistant – use treated or naturally resistant timber when it is in contact with, or close to, soil.
- Termites are attracted to water, so fix leaking water pipes, drains, showers, sinks etc, plus capture water from air conditioning units.
- Termites prefer humid conditions, so keep air under the house dry by improving sub-floor ventilation, drainage and access.
- Termites cannot chew through properly laid concrete, so ensure concrete slab is properly designed, compacted, and cured.
- Termite colonies can sometimes be located – it is possible to eliminate colonies by killing the reproductive’s (the queen and the king).
- Regular inspections are the most important part of controlling termites before they do any damage.
If you suspect or have discovered evidence of termites on in and around your house:
- Don’t ignore the problem and hope it will go away. Termites can do a large amount of damage in as short amount of time and it is vital to address the problem as quickly as possible.
- Do not disturb the termites in anyway (Fly spray is not the permanent solution you need).
- It is important to call in a Termite Management professional as soon as possible.
Drought Termite Management Treatment procedure:
- The first step is to accurately access the extent of the infestation, identify any possible termite access points or areas that could attract termites.
- We conduct a Termite Inspection of your entire property before discussing the most appropriate treatment plan for your individual situation that suits you and your budget.
- Treatments range from Chemical or Physical Barrier Systems to Reticulation or Interception Systems
- When implementing the treatment we ensure that great care is taken of your home, property, fixtures and fittings, with the minimum of mess and disruption as possible.
- If required, we will be drilling though driveways, concrete paths and tiles to reach the soil beneath Drilling occurs every 20cm. Where ever possible we drill in mortar joints between tiles.
- We use the most appropriate industry standard chemicals for your situation. All chemicals are mixed in our tanks to prevent any mess or waste.
- When completed we fill all drill holes with mortar. Our aim is to have the resulting finish as neat as possible.
- Regular inspections are vital. At least once a year in cooler areas and twice a year in warmer areas.
- Inspect during periods of high termite activity – early spring to late summer is generally the best.
- Professional pest controllers are trained in inspecting houses for termite activity – use their services.