Found Termites and need a Treatment?
When you find termites in your home, you must call a termite treatment company straight away and DO not disturb them. The quicker you get a termite expert in to do a Termite inspection the better. we will determine where they are and where they have entered your home. We then can advise on what termite Treatment is needed to get rid of the termites from your home. To get the best possible termite treatment method we offer a free onsite quote. This way we can accurately go through all the termite treatments and the treatment costs. We want you to have peace of mind that you are getting the best treatment.
Most of the time we find active termites when we are conducting a Building and Pest Inspection. Generally termite activity does not get noticed as termites eat timber from the inside out. Most people find they have termites accidently when they are cleaning or painting and most occasions when renovating. on the outside they come accross them while gardening etc. so this is when we will get a call asking us to come around straight away…
what not to do when you find termites.
Please do not poke, break open the area and disturb the termites. If the termites are disturbed they will head back to ground or to other areas of your house. They will in most cases disappear from that area which will limit our treatment options. the best thing to do is Cover up the exposed area and leave them alone until we arrive this will allow us to get maximum benefit out of our treatments as the more termites that are affected by the treatment the better results. before any termite treatment is carried out we must do a full termite inspection to determine the extent of the infestation and any entry points.
Typically the termite treatment will be a localised termite foaming, baiting or dust to the where the termites are active. Once treated the termite technician will have to return in two to three weeks to check the area and evaluate the success of the treatment.if the termites are still active we will need to do another treatment which does happen on a few occasions, all depends on the size of the colony we are dealing with.Once you are given the all clear the termite damaged timbers can be replaced and the area repaired.
We use a premium low toxic chemical called termidor which states it has the unique transfer effect. The transfer will go from termite to termite as they feed and groom each other. With the localised termite treatment we can be confident the house will be free from termites. but to stop the termites from coming back,which is almost a 100% probability as termites leave a pheromone trail for other termites to follow. you will need to install termite management system ( Termite Barrier).with the baiting option this can take a little longer as we are actually feeding the termites and this potentially will eliminate the whole colony.
How to treat Termites
When you find termites in your house we need to come in and see how far spread it is. To minimise damage as much as possible we sometimes use a borescope to find how much damage and if the area is still active without disturbing the termites too much. This cable camera is around 8mm and is fed into the wall cavity. It can be twisted into any direction and can give us a good idea into what’s happening inside the wall cavity.
Here we have a termite attack where the termites have destroyed and eaten through the bottom of the window sill. The window frame had a weak point where it was letting moisture inside.Termites love moisture and The termites made a mud lead up the wall hidden behind an external copper pipe. The termite damage in the photo would be rated at the higher end of the scale. After the termite treatment was completed whole window frame had to be replaced and the window was sealed properly.
Leaving tree stumps in the ground are the most common type of a conducive termite condition. Similar to landscaping timber sleepers, this tree stump and it’s root system is ideal for a termite nest. Protected from natural enemies, decaying and damp. It’s only a matter of time before termites take advantage of this food source. If the tree stump is to be left in the ground t we can do a drill and inject treatment which will keep the termites away but it is preferred it get removed.the termite tech will drill a few deep holes into the tree stump and inject a termiticide chemical. the soil around the tree stump will also be treated to keep these foraging termites away. This is the normal stump treatment we carry out when active termites are found in and around tree stumps. We still recommend pulling out stumps and dead trees that are in close to your home. The root systems job is to find sources of moisture. Most of the time when we are installing a Termite Barrier there will be a root system travelling around the concrete slab edge. We rip them out because they will become a termite super highway. Giving them a food source, moisture and protection from predators. Although nice for shade, it’s better to keep trees away from the house. This will also reduce problems of root bound water and drainage pipes.
Timber retaining sleepers and landscaping timber used around the home will eventually break down due to weather, sun and fungal growth . these timbers will come from the supplier where they have been treated with a termite resistant chemical. Normally these timbers are installed in direct contact with the ground and over time being exposed to the sun and moisture the chemical does break down. when in contact with the ground the timber sleeper will eventually become a termite buffet. The majority of the termite treatments we are called out for are to treat landscaping and timber retaining walls and tree stumps.
Annual Inspections are essential
Termites can eat through almost any material that gets in their way to access the timber dinner waiting for them in your home. With houses mainly on concrete slabs, the most common entry point is termites taking advantage of small cracks in the mortar between the concrete slab and first layer bricks. Termites have actually been known to slowly chew through the mortar between the brick work!
A yearly termite inspection won’t stop a termite attack on your home but it will definately keep the termite damage to a minimum.
Once active termites are found in the house there will be termite mud leads under and around your property. If the termites have been disturbed they are going to retract back into the safety of these tunnels and then try elsewhere. The only way to termite proof your house is with a Termite Barrier. Termite Protection starts with a termite barrier and an annual Termite Inspection.
Termite Treatment Cost
Termite Treatment Costs will vary depending on the level and how wide spread the activity is. Termites being subterannean makes it hard to pin point where the activity would be coming from without conducting a complete Termite Inspection. Once the inspection is done we can see where the activity is and if it is localised to the yard or parts of the house. From there our Senior Termite Technician will organise an onsite quote and pending approval can start the treatment straight away. Our Termite Treatment price starts at $250 (Inc Gst)
Being proactive against forgaging is much cheaper than the repair bill from a termite attack. With 1 in 4 properties having previous or present termite activity it’s a matter of when, not if. Call our Termite Treatment Team on +61 0732008586 to organise a free onsite quote.