What to do if I have found termites?
Found termites? Do not disturb them, it’s extremely important not to disturb termites if you find them. Contact Us and we will provide a free call out and determine the following.
We need to determine the type of termites at your property
We determine if baiting or liquid treatment will be best suited
We measure your homes perimeter for exact pricing on perimeter protection
With all the above factors we then apply a fixed price termite elimination and control program for your home All quotations are free no obligation quotes, so contact us for all your termite concerns.
How often do I need a termite inspection?
Australian Standards AS3660.2017 recommends a termite inspection to residential homes and buildings at least annually. High risk homes (Homes that have had a past termite issue or those near bushland or affected gardens/landscaping) May require a termite inspection 6 monthly. The purpose of a termite inspector is not only to determine if your property has termites, but also identify risks or areas that are conducive to termite attack. Most homeowners are unaware they have 3 or 5 areas around the home that will attract termites. So regular termite inspections are essential.
Common signs of termites
Because so much of the damage caused by termites is within the inner walls of a structure, it can be difficult to know if you have a termite problem. However, there are three warning signs to help you determine if you have a termite problem.
Winged termites are often the first sign of a subterranean termite infestation. Swarming termites are attracted to light and are often found near windows, doors, vents and light fixtures. Experiencing a termite swarm is the #1 sign that your property has a termite problem. Worker termites are small, light-colored insects that move quickly when exposed to light. They are also the family members that cause the most damage to a structure. Even if you haven’t seen signs of termites, check windows, heating vents, doors, sinks and bathtubs for dead termites or termite wings.
Mud tubes provide shelter for termites and have a muddy, flattened appearance approximately the width of a drinking straw. Look for mud tubes along cracks, beneath flooring, around baseboards, on pipes, piers, chimneys, behind siding, plumbing and other fixtures. Mud tubes may also extend over concrete foundations and other exposed surfaces.
Another way to check for termites is to tap wood along the walls, skirting and windows every few inches with a screwdriver handle. Damaged wood will sound hollow and, if the area is extremely damaged, the handle may break the wood’s surface. If the area is active, you may see worker termites inside. Dark areas or blisters in wood flooring are an indicator of a subterranean termite infestation. Because subterranean termites are preventable, it is a good idea to have your property regularly inspected by a trained specialist.
Can I control termites myself?
It is difficult to control termites yourself as there are several factors that contribute to successful termite colony elimination.
The type of termites that require elimination is vital as some respond better to baits, dusts, and liquids.
Inspection of the building and accuracy of active areas is vital, and this can usually only be determined after a thorough termite inspection has been completed.
DIY termite treatments will usually always end up moving the colony elsewhere due to disturbance, also it is common for DIY attempts to eliminate part of the termite colony and cause further unknown damage to occur to the property.
Do our pest control chemicals smell?
No, our pest control products we use have nil odour, unlike the 1990s when organochlorine chemicals were used. Today we use no odour non repellent chemicals. These chemicals are undetectable to pests, so they naturally travel across treated surfaces and become affected as normal. Smelling products usually are poor quality and are repellent products used for fast knockdown only therefore will not provide a long-lasting residual.
Are your pest control products safe for pets?
Yes, all our products we use during pest control treatments are considered safe if applied by our professionals. Our pest control products sometimes contain the active ingredient also used in dog flee & tick tablets. When our products are applied in a fine mist, we will always advise you to keep pets off the treated surfaces for a minimum of 2 hours. Safety for you and your pets and our staff is #1 priority.
How long does a pest control treatment last?
Pest control treatments last for 6-12 months if done correctly using the good quality non-repellent products. Remember pest control is not an invisible force shield around your home there are times when you will see a pest but as soon as pests travel through or into our treated zones they will die off before an infestation starts. Pest control these days is now pest management, managing pests the safest and most effective way using products that pose minimal or no risk to homeowners or pets.
Can you do your own pest control?
DIY pest control treatments can be done by homeowners but the dosages and products available by local hardware stores usually only provide a temporary fix. The application equipment used by professional pest control professionals allows us to apply products correctly. Assessment of pest control entry points and types of pests is vital, this provides professional pest control technicians the ability to fix it right the first time. Most products available to the public are non-repellents offering a fast knockdown and little long-term residual. We recommend against attempting pest control yourself and to invest in a 1-time professional solution.