Termite Control to Prevent and Treat Infestations
Are you worried about termites eating your home or business?
If so, you are not alone. Every year they cause more damage to Australian properties than floods, fires and storms combined. However, most insurance companies do not cover the repair costs caused by termites. They believe that termite control should be a part of your home or business care schedule.
Termite control is a process of identifying termite species, locating their nests and eliminating infestations. It encompasses both preventative and curative solutions.
What Are Termites?
Given a chance, termites will turn your home into an all-you-can-eat buffet, destroying wood structures, costing you thousands of dollars in repair bills. These six-legged insects are similar in size to ants and are known as silent destroyers for their ability to chew through flooring, wood and even wallpaper undetected.
Two types of these destructive timber-eating pests are active in Queensland, subterranean termites and drywood termites.
- Subterranean termites – such as Mastotermes and darwiniensis and Coptotermes acinaciformis live in the ground and need contact with soil or a constant moisture source. They invade homes by moving above ground in enclosed mud galleries.
- Drywood termites – such as Cryptotermes primus and Cryptotermes brevis live and nest and feed in undecayed wood with little moisture. They do not require contact with the ground or soil moisture and fly into homes to feast on wood structures. These common pests can also enter if infested timber or furniture is introduced into the home.
Signs of Termite Infestations
Ideally, you want to stop termites from ever entering buildings in the first place. But if they start making themselves at home in your home, early detection is essential to prevent extensive damage. Here’s what to look and listen for:
- Hollow sounding timber
- Clicking sounds coming from the walls. Soldier termites bang their heads against wood whenever their colonies are disturbed.
- Tunnels in wood
- Mud tubes
- Lots of discarded wings
- Uneven or bubbling paint
- Frass which are oval-shaped wood-coloured termite droppings
How To Prevent Termite Invasions
Once termites invade a home and start feeding on the furniture and foundations, it becomes difficult to get rid of them. However, with proper preventative measures, you can stop them from gaining a foothold.
- Get rid of moisture. Excess moisture attracts all manner of pests including termites. So fix any leaks or drainage issues. If you live in a humid environment just invest in a dehumidifier.
- Remove rotten tree roots and dead trees from your garden.
- Neatly trim the shrubbery surrounding your home.
- Stack firewood and lumber away from the home and don’t let them come into contact with garden soil.
- Check for cracks in the foundations/ceilings/cornices by windows and doors. Seal what you can and hire a tradesperson to deal with the rest.
If you suspect, are worried about, or see signs of termite infestation, it’s best to call in the professionals. At NO1 Pest Control Brisbane, we provide a comprehensive suite of termite inspection, prevention and control services. They include:
Our termite inspectors will use their experience and local knowledge to inspect and evaluate your home or business for possible termites and termite damage. This entails examining your property’s exterior and interior, including the attic, porch, patio, garage, and basement. The inspectors will also look for leaks, high moisture areas, and signs of living or dead termites. Following completion of the inspection, you will receive a report about the findings.
There are two principal types of barriers, physical and chemical. Physical barriers are typically built into the design of a building and, as the name suggests, physically prevent termites from entering. One example is a stainless steel mesh webbing that is placed underneath the slab of the house.
Chemical barriers are liquid chemicals applied to the soil outside your home or business premises. They create a barrier which the termites can’t cross. Some chemicals are designed to kill the insects, others to deter them.
Termite Baiting Systems
These are installed around the perimeter of a property and contain a cellulose bait (which termites find irresistible) combined with a slow-acting termiticide. Termites consume the bait and share it with others in their colony. Within a few weeks, they die. Entire colonies can be killed in this way.
Live Termite Treatments
To get rid of termites already in your home, live treatments are the best option. They include fumigation and applying a foaming agent and termiticide to eradicate the nest and prevent re-infestation.
Termite Control Costs
- Termite inspections $220 (Any size house / apartment)
- Barriers from $1200
- Live Treatments from $220
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