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.

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Termites

Classification:

Species category: Termites
Family: 5 family groups represented in Australia:

  • Mastotermitidae - 1 species 
  • Kalotermitidae - 46 species
  • Termopsidae - 5 species
  • Rhinotermitidar - 30 species
  • Termitidae - 266 species 

Description

Termites are social insects, working and living together in groups and each colony contains several types (castes). The castes differ in body shape and behaviour and each performs different tasks. The castes are identified as:

Workers

Soldiers - distinguished by their heavily armoured and pigmented heads

Reproductives

While some species are native to the tropics, there are many that are native to Australia. Different species opt for different habitats. Subterranean termites like soil and tend to build their nests underground. They can also create mounds that go above ground level. Mature colonies may number 2 million individuals and the queens are capable of laying 2000 eggs per day. Termite colonies may exist for as long as 50 years

Behaviour

The Worker Caste dominate the colony population, they are wingless, sterile and blind. Their primary role is to build the nest, tend the eggs and young, and gather the food. They also feed other castes incapable of feeding themselves. The Soldier Caste is also wingless, sterile and blind. There are 2 types, Mandibulate with prominent jaws and the Nasute with a pronounced snout. Their primary function is defence and their mandibles are so modified that they cannot feed themselves. The Reproductive Caste has eyes, a functional reproductive system and wings. They usually swarm (leave the colony) in spring to early summer or late summer to early autumn. After swarming (sometimes called the nuptial or mating flight), they seek out a suitable place to form a new colony. The king alters little in shape but the queen’s abdomen becomes enormously distended with eggs. 

Risks

A silent destroyer, they can cause serious structural damage to buildings and significant damage to crops. Their ability to conceal themselves provides the necessary time to do considerable damage before they are discovered. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Termites

  • Why are annual Timber Pest Inspections so important ? +

    Australian Standards recommend a timber pest inspection at least every 12 months - but more frequently in higher risk regions. Building practices over the last 20 years (slab-on-ground, pine frames & trusses etc.), have to a large extent allowed termites to have the ‘upper hand’ in the battle against termite ingress to premises. Post-construction factors like landscaping often add risk.
     
    What is not evident today, could become evident tonight or tomorrow. The common textbook term is that termites forage “randomly and continuously”.
     
    For this reason, qualified, skilled and experienced Timber Pest Inspectors will find that much can change on a site, even of over 3 month period. In fact, some homes have such a high combination of risk factors that we recommend inspections every 3 months. 
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  • I've found Termites, What do I do? +

    1. Don't disturb them - and if possible try to put things back the way they were.
    2. Don't panic - termites will not cause major damage overnight.
    3. Don't try to spray them with a pressure pack or use other chemicals on them. This will have a very limited affect, and can scare them off for a while making it a lot more difficult for an expert to help you assess the situation.
    4. Contact us and we will have a timber pest expert call out to see you. 

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  • Is a termite treatment expensive? +

    We will beat any written quoted price by 10%

    Termites are considered one of the most destructive pests to your home or structure. All Pest QLD provides thorough Termite inspections with state of the art Termite Control Procedures which include:

    • Termite Dusting
    • Termite Baiting Systems
    • Termite Liquid Barriers
    • Termite Inspections

    Ongoing Termite Management Programs

    All Pest QLD only uses highly trained Termite Inspectors and Operators to carry out all of our Termite control work. Our Termite Inspectors use the knowledge of basic construction elements, the environmental requirements for Termite survival and the behaviour of Subterranean Termites to identify and solve your Termite problem. We give you all the relevant Termite Control procedures and you can decide from our recommendations what procedure best suits your needs. 
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What Our Clients Are Saying

  • This is a short note to let you know that my wife and I are very pleased with the recent work you did treating our white ant infestation. Discovery of white ants eating our Bathroom wall was certainly alarming but we became even more concerned when our enquiries to a number of other companies about treating the problem raised more questions than answers. From the outset we were very pleased with not only the thoughtfulness with which you went about your work but also your high degree of professionalism.
    Mitch Maroochydore – Feb 2018
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