TERMITES – HOW TO DEAL WITH THEM

TERMITES – HOW TO DEAL WITH THEM

Termites are a destructive pest. It's important to have regular and thorough inspections of your home to detect the early signs of termite activity and infestation. However, finding a reliable and experienced pest manager can be hard to come by, and promising credentials don't always guarantee they are reliable. Here we'll tell you what to ask and what to look for when it comes to termite management.
There are around 300 species of termite in Australia, but only a handful cause problems. Subterranean termites (also called white ants) cause most of the damage around the country. They feed off cellulose-containing materials like timber.
Termites can cause major structural and economic damage to homes and commercial buildings by eating the inside of the structure and leaving only a thin shell for protection from the outside environment.

HOW TO IDENTIFY TERMITES

Here are a few signs that termites might be causing chaos at your home:

 

Termite Mud Tunnel on concrete stump, termites gain entry into home

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Mud tubes are built for protection (figure 1 above). These can sometimes be seen in brick foundations, concrete stumps or in architraves.
Hollow sounding timber (meaning the timber has been eaten away)
Sagging floors or doors.

 

Window frame completely eaten out by termites.

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Damaged skirting boards, door jams or architraves (because termites take away the structural reliability of timber, a slight knock to these areas can cause damage).
Power failures (termites are attracted to the warmth of electrical fittings behind walls)

 

 

Termites create nest in wall cavity shorting out the power to this home

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Temperature and rainfall seem to have the largest impact on termite activity, followed by the house's age. If you come across a termite nest on your property, DON'T DISTURB IT until you've contacted a professional pest control company such as RIP Termite & Pest Control Services to establish an appropriate termite management plan. Once disturbed, termites will most likely abandon the area, move elsewhere, cause more damage to your property and can remain undetected. Termites don't just eat away at structural timbers, they can also gnaw their way through furniture, paper products and even non-cellulose materials like soft plastics, building sealants.

How to decrease the risk of termites

  • Fix any moisture build up like poor drainage, leaking pipes or inadequate ventilation.
    Check your home’s environment – shrubs or garden beds should be well clear of the building edge and all weep holes or vents need to be cleared of anything that may cover them.
  • Keep subfloor areas at your house clear of items – don't store items that can decrease the ventilation space under the house.
  • Remove any wood that's in contact with the ground and close to the house, especially any loose timbers or off cuts in subfloor area.
  • If you're building a new home, certain construction methods and materials can reduce the termite risk considerably.RIP Termite & Pest Control Services can carry out regular inspection and put forward recommendations to reduce your termite risk.

 

The different approaches to termite management

The Building Code of Australia requires that all new homes and extensions have a termite management system in all areas (except Tasmania, where the termite risk is minor). Homes built after July 1995 must have a 'durable notice' Termite Management Notice Sticker fixed to a well-known position in the building (either in the electrical meter box or the entrance to the subfloor area), listing the following:

  • method of termite management carried out
  • date of installation of termite management
  • life expectancy (for chemical barriers), and
  • recommendations of future inspections.
  • If you're planning on building a new home or doing an extension, be sure to put in place the appropriate termite management plan, physical barrier (Kordon), replenishment system (TermX). These should be install during construction.

 

Physical barriers

Are non-toxic
Are permanent
Don't require much, if any, maintenance or renewal
Won't kill termites, but will discourage them from gaining entry to your home

 

TYPES OF PHYSICAL BARRIERS

Ant Caps don't prevent termite activity but bring it into the open, as it's easier to detect their mud tubes on the metal caps.

Finely graded stone particles is used in specific situations as a perimeter cavity barrier, penetrations in set concrete slabs, construction cavities, expansion joints, pipe removal, conduit void.

Fused systems such as chemically treated plastic or fabric sheets contain chemicals that'll degrade over time, unlike true physical barriers.

Reticulation or Replenishment systems involve piping fitted under slabs and around the edges of a building with access points for refilling termite system with termiticide.
Chemical barriers are applied under and around a concrete slab or around the building piers or footings.

Require maintenance and renewal

Create a zone of treated soil that may be effective for several years before it needs retreatment

Might require trenching and concrete drilling if applied after construction

 

CHEMICALS USED IN TERMITE MANAGEMENT

Synthetic pyrethroids like permethrin or bifenthrin are generally less toxic than many of the earlier termiticides which were banned in most parts of Australia in the mid 1990s.

Termidor & Termidor HE (active ingredient Fipronil) is the ultimate and most effective against termites as it is a non-repellant, with a success rate of 100%. This means the termites will travel through the treated zone without detecting the chemical and transfer it back to the colony, therefore contaminating other termites. RIP Termite & Pest Control Services only utilises Termidor & Termidor HE for any active termite infestation, termite eradication, termite protection and termite control.

Backed with an 8 year written warranty and a $2 Million Assurance Warranty.

Arsenic trioxide dust is a very toxic substance. It was commonly used in the past in termite dusting procedures but has been replaced with less toxic dust like Termidor Dust.

This unique powder is very effective, but may take a little longer than arsenic dust to wipe out a colony.

 

 

MONITORING AND BAIT STATIONS

This is a less toxic but more costly alternative that'll require regular maintenance. Monitoring and bait stations use very small amounts of a low-toxic IGR that affects the termite's exoskeleton and kills them without harming other animals or humans.

 

How they work:

The pest manager places a baiting station (or several) in the vicinity of the house, usually in-ground.

The station is checked regularly, repositioned if needed and when termites are found, bait is added to replenish the station.

The termites take the bait back to their nest and spread it through grooming, till the colony is eventually wiped out.

There's no guarantee that the termites will actually find the bait, so it's generally not a good idea to use a monitoring and bait station as your only approach to termite management.

 

 

GETTING QUOTES ON TERMITE TREATMENT

The cost of a termite treatment varies depending on the size of the home – plus potentially several thousand dollars for repairing damage to the building cause by termites. If you need termite treatment:

  • Compare the quotes and professionalism of the various pest control companies and choose the company you're most comfortable with.
  • Consider the type of resolution the treatment will offer – the cheapest quote will only relieve you of termites in the short term while a more expensive integrated termite management plan will provide better protection from future termite attacks.
  • Call RIP Termite & Pest Control Services termite specialist. The experts in termite control, termite eradication, termite protection, termite treatment, termite/pest inspections and preconstruction termite applications for a free no obligation quote. All treatments come with a 100% guarantee.
  • Testimonials and word of mouth advertisement see our Facebook and Google reviews from 100’s of happy clients.

 

QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN GETTING QUOTES

How long has the company been established?

Are they a member of the Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association (AEPMA)?

Do they have a current pest control licence and up-to-date professional indemnity and public liability insurance certificates?

What are the skills, qualifications and experience of the pest inspector?

Has the pest inspector done any ongoing training since gaining the qualification?

Will the pest inspector carry out the termite treatment, if required? If not, who and how experienced is the person carrying out the termite treatment?

Will they meet, or exceed, the requirements of the Australian Standard? (AS4349.3 for inspecting buildings for timber pests; AS3660.2-2017 termite management in and around existing buildings and structures).

How long will the inspection take? (An average house should take one - two hours to inspect, including the time the pest inspector spends discussing the termite management proposal with you.)

Should the inspection also cover other pests such borers and wood-decay fungi?
Will they provide a written report? (This is extremely essential.)

If termites are found, what termite management plan, termite treatment methods do they propose?

Will they explain the products to be use?

 

 

THE INSPECTION

 

 

 

A termite inspection of an average-sized home can cost you around $350 - $495, depending on the size, style and ease of access.

It's recommended you have a thorough pest inspection at least once a year, or 6 monthly if you live in areas with high risk of termites.

It's important that you're in attendance during the inspection.

 

The pest inspector should check:

All accessible timbers under the house

All accessible timbers under the roof

Inside and outside the building and its surrounds

Gardens areas

Fencing

Trees and stumps

Other timber structures on the property, mainly up to 50 meters from your home

The presence and effectiveness of visible and accessible termite barriers

Vulnerability of the property to termite infestation (ventilation to subfloor area and drainage if applicable, dampness, leaking guttering and downpipes, etc.)

 

The pest inspection report should include the following details:

The areas which were inspected (pointing out any areas that were inaccessible)
Termite activity, and

A termite management plan if termite activity is found, detailing the methods to tackle the infestation, costs and all options and the expected outcomes and limitations.

 

 

LICENSING REQUIREMENTS FOR PEST INSPECTORS AND PEST CONTROLLERS

 

 

Licensing requirements for timber pest inspectors vary from state to state with each having similar minimum requirements. Ask the pest inspector their expertise in timber pest management instead of just checking their pest licence.

The Australian standards require a pest inspector to possess a certain amount of technical knowledge and experience. They should be aware of the local building practices also the habits of termites, where they're likely to be found and any signs of infestation. To obtain a level of competency, a timber pest inspector should have the following:

Completed at least 40 timber pest inspections and reports under appropriate direct supervision,

Completed a timber pest inspection course, and

Accomplished competence in units 8 and 10 (specifically with inspecting, reporting and controlling timber pests) of the National Pest Management Competency Standards.

 

 

ACCREDITATION PROGRAMS AND INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS

 

 

The Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association (AEPMA) is the key industry association. It sets out standards for the pest management industry, represents pest managers and administers PestCert resting assured a pest management company meets the highest possible accreditation standards.

To achieve a PestCert accreditation, pest managers must:

Show they have advanced knowledge, skills and expertise with the latest pest management tools, technologies and practices

Abide to the code of conduct, and

Commit to retaining on-going professional development.

Keep in mind that adherence to the Australian Standard is not mandatory and the various certificates and associations with industry don't absolutely guarantee that the pest manager is reliable. In the case of experiencing unsatisfactory treatment, you may even experience resistance from governing bodies to help in the matter, as experienced by one of our members.

 

INSURANCE

Look for professional indemnity and public liability insurance when getting quotes and ask to see certificates of currency.

Professional indemnity protects the pest manager against negligence claims arising from termite inspections, quotations and termite treatments performed.

Public liability insurance protects against injuries and property damage caused as a consequence of the work carried out.

 

 

WARRANTIES

Ask about the warranty provided for the work and read the fine print.

RIP Termite & Pest Control Services offers all clients with active termite infestations on their properties with the use of Termidor SC or Termidor HE residual termiticide treatments, an 8 Year Written Warranty and a $2 Million Assurance Warranty.

RIP Termite & Pest Control Services has over 20 years of experience, specialist in termite control, termite eradication and termite protection, RIP has NEVER had a recall on any active termite treatments. Rest assured you’re in good hands, at RIP Termite & Pest Control Services “WE SAVE HOMES” from termite destruction.

 

 

CALL THE TERMITE SPECIALIST MELBOURNE WIDE

RIP Termite & Pest Control Services offers safe, environmentally friendly and efficient services with no hidden costs, providing a more affordable solution for your Melbourne wide home or office. Contact us today on 1300 371 708 for more information or to book a pest inspection at your property.

 

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