Your home is probably the biggest investment you will ever make. Termites, also known as white ants, could ruin your home. So protection is vital; something to think about NOW, before building work starts, not later.

There are over 300 species of termite in Australia, but the vast majority of termite damage in New South Wales is caused by SUBTERRANEAN TERMITES, so called because they make their nests in the ground.

Termites have been known to feed on many materials including plastics, rubber, fibreglass and of course wood.

They attack house frames, wall linings including plaster board, cupboards, skirtings, windows and door frames, carpets, plastic coating on electrical wiring and even books, artwork, clothing and personal papers!

The big question is: how can termites be stopped from destroying your home?
There are 2 options that you can do yourself and save thousands of $$$

Termite Treatment and Prevention Options

When you have termite management services carried out there are two main termite management strategies, either you are trying to create a barrier between the termites and the building to be protected (Chemical Treatments) or you are trying to detect and then bait (Monitoring Stations).

 Monitoring Stations and Baiting

An important part of any defence strategy is the versatility and present or on the move.

Proven Pest Control can provide monitoring systems designed to detect termite activity.  We install non-obtrusive monitoring stations in outdoor areas where subterranean termites are likely to forage.

Once termite activity is detected, we can then bait them or treat them with Termidor dust.

The In-ground stations are specially designed to be installed into the ground to intercept the subterranean termites. The station will not attract termites to your property – the termites are already there.

Step 2 – Concrete Drilling
Where concrete paths sit against your house, you will need to core drill into the concrete, place a timber insert into the hole and cover with a steel cap.

Step 3 – Inspection
Regular monitoring of these stations, at 8 to 12 week intervals, allows for early detection of foraging termites.

When activity is detected in these stations, Nemesis bait can be introduced into the upper void of the station by a qualified Pest Controller, where it is readily taken by the termites.

Active stations are then regularly inspected, at approximately 3 week intervals, and the bait is replenished or refreshed as required in order to facilitate continuing bait uptake by the termites.

When the colony has been eliminated, the residual bait is removed, new timber inserts installed and regular inspections maintained thereafter.

Remember: A  Full Visual Termite Inspection report should be carried out by a qualified Pest Controller on an annual basis.

Termite Protection

 

    Termite Barrier  Termite Treatment    Termite Prevention

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Each Inspection should take between 1.5hrs to 2hrs
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Termite Treatment

 

 

 

 


Termidor

 Chemical Barriers

Termite chemical barriers or treated zones (using liquid termiticides. Treated zones stop subterranean termites gaining concealed access into your property.

Chemical barriers can be used as a prevention and/or treatment.

Non-repellent termicides are preferred and should be re-applied approx every 5 years.

Step 1 – Dig Trench and Drill Holes
Dig a trench round the exterior of the house to a depth that exposes the foundations and apron of the concrete foundation slab. Care must be taken around any utility pipes. It is essential to dig right down to the base level of all incoming utility pipes, as they will provide an entry point for the termites if not thoroughly treated. Drill holes at regular distances around the concrete apron to inject chemicals into.

Step 2 – Applying the Chemical

Note: A qualified Pest Controller must be employed to apply the Chemicals

The Pest Controller will pour the chemicals into the holes in the concrete to infuse the soil.

Next, fill the trench surrounding the foundations with the chemicals. Make sure that no gaps are left for the termites to exploit. Termites can fit through a gap the width of a pencil lead so if you have to refill the garden spray, make sure that you overlap the last area sprayed when you continue.

*Approx 450lts of Chemical is required for a standard 3br house

Step 3 – Cap or Refill Concrete
Fill in the holes in the concrete or insert caps over them. Buying caps will be slightly more expensive than concrete but will allow easier access when topping off the chemicals on future occasions. You should find that fresh chemicals will be required in around 5 years time.

Step 4 – Fill Trench and Monitor
Once all of the chemicals have been applied, the trench should be filled in and then a penetrating application of chemical applied to the top of the soil.

Remember: A  Full Visual Termite Inspection report should be carried out by a qualified Pest Controller on an annual basis.

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Each Inspection should take between 1.5hrs to 2hrs
Click Here to download a sample of our comprehensive Termite Report

How to Help Discourage Attack

The home owner can discourage termites by remembering these facts:

  • 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 reproductives (the queen and the king).

Regular inspections are the most important part of controlling termites before they do any damage.

  • A Full Visual Termite Inspection report should be carried out by a qualified and experienced Pest Controller on an annual basis.

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Each Inspection should take between 1.5hrs to 2hrs
Click Here to download a sample of our comprehensive Termite Report