Termites are one of the most destructive pests in Australia. Current building regulation is on managing termites through barrier systems and ongoing inspections as oppose to more harmful methods of controlling termites. A recent study by CSIRO found that steel and masonry buildings have almost the same risk of attack as a building made of timber. Termites are found in Melbourne and throughout all of Victoria, all too often, the presence of these home invaders goes undetected until damage is discovered by chance. Regular termite inspections by an experienced timber pest inspector is recommended. An inspection of the property should be carried out every 6-12 months to increase the chance of early detection before major damage.
All termite inspections come with a comprehensive report including information related to areas conducive to termite attack and how best to correct the problems as well as details about all timber damage found. We offer a fully detailed visual termite Inspection that meets Australian standards.
Termite Treatment Options
There are now more choices than ever for termite control. The right treatment option for your infestation will depend on the level of infestation, housing construction type and budget available. Treatment options are broadly split into two different categories: Soil Barriers and Baiting Systems.
- Soil Barriers provide an impenetrable chemical barrier around and under buildings that termites find impassable. The treatment method may take the form of injecting drill holes or trenching dependent on construction type. The trench or drill hole is injected with a Termiticed chemical which can either be a repellent chemical (which turns termites away) or an eradication chemical such as Premise which is distributed through the termite colony by the affected termites.
- Baiting Systems. Termite bait stations are placed in the soil around the perimeter of the structure to be protected. The stations are filled with wood and are monitored to identify activity. Where activity is evident the wood is replaced with a cellulose matrix impregnated with a Termiticde chemical. The termites consume the chemical and carry back to the nest where the chemical is distributed to the rest of the colony through feeding, grooming and interaction. The advantages of termite baiting is it is environmentally friendly as it avoids chemicals leaching into the soil or water table, however colony eradication can take a very long time and the baiting system provides no guarantee of future infestation once it has been removed.
If you would like to discuss termite treatment options give All Pest QLD a call on 1800 133 444 and we will organise a qualified, experienced termite technician to discuss your options with you.