We cannot stress enough the importance of regular Termite Inspections.
In South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales our climate drives more termite activity than many other Australian locations. Ideally inspections should be scheduled for spring and autumn but at the very least annually to ensure you are remaining vigilant.
Did you know that each year in Australia, termites cause more damage to homes than fires, floods and storms combined? One in five homes is affected by termite damage, often resulting in extensive damage and then expensive repairs. Often insurance does not cover termite damage.
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This tends to be the first approach. Stations are placed in specific areas around your home and once termite activity is discovered baits are placed inside the existing stations. The termite bait used is non-chemical that contains an active ingredient, so effective that only a small amount is needed. Termites ingest the bait and carry it to back the colony where they share it with other termites. If enough active ingredient is ingested it is possible to eliminate the colony. It can take 3-6 months to eliminate a colony.
Termite Dusting is the first phase of a termite treatment as it entails using active termites. To apply Termidor dust small holes are made in infested timber or directly onto termite trails. Using a small puffer, fine dust is puffed directly onto termites within the infested timber, these holes are covered to seal the workings, to prevent any dust escaping and to reduce disturbance of the termites.
The termites will continue to go about their normal activities long enough to transfer the Termidor Dust to unsuspecting termites within the colony. It will usually take 3-6 weeks for the colony to be affected by the dust.
Termite dusting however does not provide an on-going protection to a building from future termite attacks. There may be more than one termite nest within striking distance and termites are constantly establishing new nests. This is why a Termite soil treatment is critical following termite dusting.
Termite soil treatments are the preferred option for eradicating termite infestations. However, soil treatment does depend on the construction style of your home and can be discussed with the technician on the day of the termite inspection. Termite Soil Barrier Treatments are applied to soil areas in which the structure is in contact with including; subfloor, concrete slab, perimeters and external wall perimeters.
There are two main types of soil treatments:
Repellent: Repellent termiticides work by creating a termite toxic barrier around a house. The treated areas become a no go zone for termites. In order to work correct these termiticides need to be applied in an unbroken zone around the foundations. This can be difficult to achieve due to the construction, design and if there is concrete against the house. Repellent termiticides are mostly used during the pre-construction stage (see barrier protection below).
Non-repellent: With non-repellent termiticide, termites are unable to detect that an area has been treated and hence do not avoid the treated area. When the termites pass through the termiticide, they make contact with the active ingredient, return to the colony and infest the unsuspecting termites, which will destroy the colony.
The first step in protecting a property or home is to prevent termites from gaining access. This is achieved by placing a barrier under or around the property. Barriers are designed to deter termites or bring their presence out into the open. There are two types of barriers chemical or physical.
There are two types of chemical barriers in-soil and in-plastics.
Chemical in soil barriers rely on treated zones being applied under and around the concrete slab or foundations. These chemicals are either repellent or non repellent. Repellent termiticides repel termites from entry and non repellent termiticides kill and prevent entry via these treated zones. Chemical in plastics are installed the same as physical barriers.
Physical barriers rely on the physical resistance of the material to resist termite attack. These are usually installed during new constructions, but some can be retro-fitted to existing houses. Physical barriers are made from crushed rock, metal, or other materials that termites cannot chew through.
Regular termite inspections by a licensed professional is still required to maintain the warranty.
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