No matter how old or new your home is, termites can damage your property. Living in colonies in the soil, Subterranean Termites are the most commonly occurring species in Australia. Their population can number in the millions, working together to chew through timber structures of your home, shed and other buildings, leaving you with paper-thin supports.
Termites, also commonly known as White Ants due to their creamy colouring and ant-like behaviours, are more readily found in humid tropical climates. There are approximately 350 species of termites in Australia, with around 20 species that cause significant damage to timber. Termites enter properties by building belowground soil tunnels with concealed entry points into buildings. These entry points are normally concealed by poor design or building practices, gardens, stored items or they can be unnoticed during professional inspection.
Termites are such a problem in this country that insurance companies do not cover replacement of termite-damaged timber in your property. Therefore if you were to have a termite infestation, the repair bill could run into the thousands of dollars from having to treat the active termites then repair the damages to your property all out of your own pocket.
Homeowners trying their hand at DIY products risk killing only the termites that are visible. The rest of the colony is disturbed and then retreats to further concealed areas and builds up their reinforcements again.
Termite inspections are one of the first steps of termite management. In North Queensland, inspections should be carried out every six -12 months to ensure your property remains free from infestation. Without regular inspections, termites have time to cause extensive damage to timber structures within your house or building.
Following a termite inspection on a property, a diagnosis can be provided, in the form of advice, recommendations and management plans. Your individual termite management strategy will depend on the size and location of your property, construction methods, termite entry points, surrounding landscape, vegetation and the level of termite risk in your area.
A typical termite management plan can involve termite inspections, treated zones, baiting and monitoring or a combination of each.
Most commonly, this is a visual inspection to accessible parts of a building or property, focusing on known common termite entry points and habits. Typically the areas accessed to provide a complete diagnosis are - ceilings, internal building areas, external building areas and subfloors. Conditions that promote termite attack are highlighted and recommendations made.
A treated zone is the result of applying a liquid termiticide to the soil in the footings and/or slab edge areas, surrounding a building. This is also commonly referred to as a Chemical Soil Barrier. This sometimes includes subfloor areas, concrete construction joints in garage step-downs, porches and patios.
There is a range of different liquid termiticide products available to apply to the soil, all with varying levels of toxicity, efficacy and suitability. Some products work by repelling, while others are non-repellent with a potential transfer effect.
Baiting & Monitoring
Baiting and monitoring aims to eliminate termite colonies from within and around structures. A very safe bait matrix is fed to active termites and breaks down their ability to eat. Once the colony is deceased, monitoring stations provide a very safe way to maintain a homeowner's peace-of-mind. This system consists of installing stations into the ground around your property and onto the infestations within your home. These stations have timber inside and a formulation is applied to attract termites to the stations. Baiting and monitoring provides an environmentally friendly option as there is no use of chemicals and the bait that is used is even less toxic to us than common table salt.
Spinifex Pest Control can customise a solution to suit your property and assets.
Need to talk to an expert about a solution for your property? Call (07) 4725 3666 or send an enquiry and we will contact you to discuss.
When building your new home, take the time to consider your termite management needs that will protect your home from day one. In North Queensland there is a significant termite threat. By using treated timbers and other inferior products, your builder may satisfy Building Code requirements, but will not even begin to keep termites out of your home. They will devour plasterboard walls and cornices, carpet smooth edges, furniture, books and stored items while they search for a real meal.
Spinifex Pest Control believes in doing the job right the first time, which avoids costly damage should termites find their way into your building. We will work with you to provide a complete system to protect your investment from termites.
Termite management methods can be just one of the following, or a combination:
Spinifex Pest Control holds a Queensland BSA licence for termite management for new and existing building work as well as certification to install termite management systems. We can provide you with all the necessary forms and certificates for submission to council as well as ongoing information and reminders for continued termite management.
Speak to a termite professional today on (07) 4725 3666 or send us an enquiry and we will contact you.