Discover the best termite protection process and see information on what you can do around your home or business to prevent termites.
If you find signs of termite activity inside your building, you have several options for professional safeguarding from continued infestation and timber damage to the building. RIP Termite & Pest Control Services happily provides the following termite protection measures in Melbourne and throughout Victoria:
- Initial inspection and report to Australian Standard 4349.3: A thorough inspection of buildings and surrounds – detailed written report to AS4349.3 re areas inspected – evidence found of termite activity – high risk termite entry areas inaccessible to inspection – termite control options and limitations.
- Chemical soil treatment around the perimeter and sub-floor of a building, to eradicate termites attempting to gain entry into the building – termiticides like Termidor are recommended.
- Termite baiting – installation and monitoring of EcoSafe termite bait stations and use of Nemesis, Exterra or Sentricon termite bait. This method relies heavily on the termites ‘finding’ and consuming sufficient bait. Recommended in circumstances where signs of live termite activity is present.
- Building modification and maintenance – termite protection measures may include improving subfloor ventilation, removal of timber in contact with the soil – improving inspection access areas.
- Subsequent Inspections to AS4349.3 – essential – at least at 3 to 6 months intervals where signs of termite activity have been previously located close by susceptible buildings or timber structures.
Termite inspection report – Australian Standard 4349.3
The essential first step is to obtain a RIP Termite Inspection Report. This is a thorough inspection of the buildings and surrounds – a written inspection report and detailed specifications to AS4349.3 for an integrated termite protection plan. It is highly recommended the inspection and report is read thoroughly and considered in detail before taking any protective measures.
The inspection includes all accessible timbers within the crawl space in the sub-floor, roof void, interior and exterior area, garden landscaping, fences, any other timber structures and trees in the locality.
For a FREE quote please contact RIP Termite & Pest Control Services on 1300 371 708.
Termite Chemical Soil Treatments
While home insurance does NOT cover damage to structural timbers caused by termites, RIP Termite & Pest Control Services carries professional indemnity insurance for complete soil treatments to AS3660.
The soil at the base the building is treated with a long lasting termiticide that will exterminate the termites if they attempt to access the building. RIP Termite & Pest Control Services uses Termidor & Termidor HE termiticide due to its long term effectiveness and safety profile when used correctly in accordance to the label. The product exhibits a transfer effect that over time will eradicate termite nests around the property, providing effective termite protection.
Termites in the building at the time of chemical soil treatment cannot safely return to their central colony nest through the termiticide in the soil.
Implementing a chemical soil barrier requires expert knowledge and specialised equipment in order to form a complete and continuous barrier which offers the building protection against termite entry and infestation. It consists of:
- Trench and treat soil around external concrete slab edge – a common termite entry point.
- Trench and treat soil around walls and piers in the sub-floor area.
- Use of rod injection to treat soil along and around the external perimeter area of the building.
- Drill exterior concrete areas along all expansion joints and cracks, and treat soil underneath.
- Drill exterior concrete areas abutting the home and treat soil underneath.
- Drill concrete patio areas and treat soil area therein – a high risk termite nest location.
Special care and equipment can be used to detect a subsidiary termite nest contained within the building structure – subterranean termites may build such a nest in a roof or wall cavity where moisture is regularly supplied, say from a faulty plumbing, leaking shower recess, broken roof tiles and faulty guttering.
Soil treatment termiticides
Termidor is one of the safest and most effective termiticides. It is water based, has virtually no smell and of ultra-low hazard to humans, dogs, cats and other mammals. The product is manufactured by BASF, one of the world’s largest chemical companies.
Termidor & Termidor HE do NOT have an obnoxious odour or emit airborne residues or fumes. It is registered as a low hazard insecticide with a CAUTION notation on the registered label.
Fipronil is the active ingredient in Termidor & Termidor HE. It is also an ingredient in the Frontline flea and tick control product used on millions of cats and dogs in Australia and the United States.
Some alternative termiticides have strongly repellent properties which work to deter foraging termites, providing your building with excellent protection. Repellent products are less effective because the termites can detect the chemical, avoid it, and move along the treated soil areas, actively seeking a gap to gain entry into the building. Non-repellent products such as Termidor & Termidor HE are more effective, because the termites cannot avoid what they cannot detect. The chemical adheres to the skin of the worker termites or they ingest it when tunnelling through treated soil areas. These products have a delayed lethal effect – enough time to be taken back to the colony nest and be spread to other termites during their mutual feeding and grooming. With sufficient consumption of the chemical, the entire colony is eliminated.
Termidor has been used as soil treatment against subterranean termites for more than fifteen years in Australia and the USA with excellent results for long term termite protection of your home or business. RIP Termite & Pest Control Services is not aware of any significant problems with the effectiveness of the product during this period. It will act to exterminate termites in the higher concentration treated soil areas abutting the building. With Termidor & Termidor HE, termites that forage in the lower concentrated treated soil areas will become disorientated, stop feeding, and become fatally diseased by natural fungi and micro-organisms in the soil.
BASF Fipronil products are scientifically proven to be transferred from one affected termite to another. The technology is aimed at eradicating the queen termite and the entire colony, thus providing nearby buildings with effective protection.
Termites tunnelling in the treated soil area abutting the building (of high concentration – near the point of application) are exterminated outright. Termites tunnelling in the outer parts of a treated soil area (of low concentration) will not detect the chemical which adheres to their bodies and has a delayed lethal effect of several days – enough time to be transferred back to the central colony nest.
Worker termites have a very thin waxy skin (called an exoskeleton) that readily absorbs moisture. Termidor & Termidor HE adheres to the termite exoskeleton and is readily absorbed through the exoskeleton and into the termite’s body to immobilise and exterminate the affected termite within a few days. In that time, the termites spread the chemical to other termites during regular physical contact, particularly when working together in close proximity, grooming and feeding the rest of the colony, a regular function of their daily life. Termites also spread the lethal effect of the chemical further throughout the colony as they carry away or cannibalise other dead termites.
EcoSafe termite baiting and monitoring system
Termite baits registered in Australia by the Australian Federal Government APVMA Registration Authority include the brands Nemesis, Exterra and Sentricon.
As part of the EcoSafe Pest Control technologies used by RIP Termite & Pest Control Services, we have developed the EcoSafe Termite Baiting & Monitoring System. This involves placing EcoSafe Termite Bait Stations upon live termite activity areas; use of AVPMA registered termite baits; and a regular follow-up monitoring and inspection regime to assess quantity of the termite bait consumed and replenishment of the bait, as required. We recommend Nemesis bait for a wholly effective termite protection plan. Nemesis is Australian owned and developed product.
How termite bait works
Termite baits contain an insect growth regulator (IGR). The worker termites consume the bait and pass it onto other termites in the colony as part of their mutual feeding and grooming process. The idea is to create a cascading lethal effect. Termites regularly moult in their development from nymph to adult. The IGR stops the regrowth of the external skeleton and the termite dies. The IGR is slow acting which provides sufficient time to spread its deadly effect to other termites in the colony. Termites cannibalise other dead termites thereby hastening the elimination of the entire colony.
Termites have acute survival instincts. The location of a toxic food source, if detected, will be abandoned. Too much disturbance of the foraging termites (workers and soldiers) in a particular location will alert the termite colony to abandon the area. The termites appear to be gone, but may in fact be entering the building in other areas. Your home is a much bigger bait station.
The EcoSafe Termite Baiting System is subject to regular inspection and monitoring by RIP Termite & Pest Control Services. The larger the number of termites that consume the bait, the quicker and more certain is the termite colony elimination process. Termite colony eradication in favourable circumstances may take several weeks to a few months. However, in some cases, it can be unsuccessful or may take years, depending on the number of termites that find and consume the bait. The experience and skill of the pest controller is paramount, in order to properly decide if and where a baiting program is to be implemented and properly monitored.
It is usual to re-inspect the bait stations and the buildings and surrounds every month to reposition, reapply or replenish the bait, if necessary. Successful termite protection of a building using a baiting program often requires expert skill and judgment, based upon years of field-work experience in termite control in a wide variety of circumstances. It is crucial that the bait stations should be installed in areas where live termite activity is found. Otherwise the termites must blindly “find” the stations before of bait consumption and successful elimination can happen.
Unfortunately, with a termite protection program in Melbourne there can be no absolute guarantee of long-term protection of nearby buildings. There may be other termite nests nearby the building that do not find the bait stations. Other termite nests may exist in trees, under concrete on-ground flooring and in-fill patios of neighbouring properties. These termite nest may be unaffected by the baiting program.
The EcoSafe Termite Baiting System integrates a range of techniques including
- drilling susceptible trees and eradication of any termite nest found there
- in conjunction – chemical soil treatment using Termidor, where required.
How to decrease the risk of termites
Rapid termite colony development and building infestation is usually associated with a readily available timber food and moisture source nearby the central nest. Buildings are often constructed in a way that allows termites to gain undetectable entry from the soil to the structural timbers of the building. Provide effective termite protection and prevention for your home or business with the following tips:
- Remove stored timber, debris and cellulose materials from subfloor, in and around the property and under the house. 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 this will provide an attractive food source and nesting site for subterranean termites. It can also conceal evidence of termites entering your home
- Make certain that vents and weep holes to subfloor areas are never blocked - Inadequate ventilation in the sub-floor areas of your Melbourne home will result in high moisture levels. Good ventilation is essential to reduce the risk from subterranean termites.
- Divert all hot water services & air conditioning overflows away from side of house or have them piped to mains - Make certain stormwater is properly connected.
- Fixed leaking taps and pipes - Fix any moisture build up like poor drainage, leaking pipes or guttering & downpipes, moisture attracts subterranean termites close to or under your home
- Growth against structures - Plants growing against the side of structures at your property give termites an entry unnoticed. The roots of trees can also break through the foundations of your property providing termites access that is very difficult to trace.
- Dead trees or stumps - Dead trees and stumps are perfect for termites to nest in. Discard them to reduce the risk of termite infestation to your property.
- Ant Caps - 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 where they can be detected with regular termite inspection.
- Building modifications or extensions can break previous termite protection barrier - Adding an modifications or extensions can provide an entry for termites into the property across the termite protection barrier previously applied.
- Where a house is built on a concrete slab, Australian Standards state that a minimum of 75mm of slab edge is to be exposed - Weep holes in brickwork, should be left exposed.
- Timber in garden beds, retaining walls or fence posts, use only termite treated or concrete – The use of untreated timbers to form garden beds and retaining walls, will attract termites around your property.
- If you find live termites DO NOT disturb the area. DO NOT use spray insecticides on the termites. If sufficiently disturbed, the termites may move elsewhere and not be rediscovered until severe damage has been done. The termite controller can install a termite bait on the termite activity area aimed at elimination of the entire colony and protection for your Melbourne home.
- Regular Follow-up Inspections and Monitoring – the installation of a chemical soil barrier does not negate the need for regular competent inspections – at least 3 to 6 months where the termite risk is high. We recommend 3 or 6 monthly inspections be carried for the first 24 months following a chemical soil treatment – thereafter annual inspection is recommended to maintain your service warranty.
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If you find termites … DO NOT disturb them
Termites have acute survival instincts. If shaken up or disturbed, the termites will abandon the area and move other areas in the building. If you find termites in or around your property, it is essential that you DO NOT disturb them and promptly contact us to arrange for a professional RIP inspection. We have more than 20 years of practical experience in the field of termite protection in Melbourne and across Victoria. Phone 1300 371 708 to arrange for a RIP inspection and professional advice on how to BEST protect your home or business.
5 TERMITE SIGNS TO LOOK FOR IN YOUR HOME
Found throughout Melbourne & Regional Victoria, termites are a national problem. It’s estimated that 1 in 3 Melbourne homes will have termites. Protecting your home before signs of termites arise is one of the best ways to save money and keep your family safe when it comes to these destructive insects.
Termites that have been nesting in your home for years can cause thousands of dollars in damage. This type of damage is not usually covered by home insurance.
Be proactive about preventing termite damage by searching for termite signs in your home on a periodic basis and maintaining a termite protection plan by RIP Termite & Pest Control Services. This helps remove any concerns of having to repair new termite damage in your home.
Three signs of termite activity below:
1. BLISTERS IN FLOORING
These areas or blisters can indicate termites feeding within or below. Subterranean termites can cause damage to the subfloor, which can make your wood flooring appear as if it has water damage.
2. HOLLOWED OR DAMAGED WOOD
Wood damage can be found below and behind surfaces like walls, floors and more. This can be caused by termites chewing through wood in search of cellulose, leaving behind grooves. Over time, these grooves weaken the wood and create structural damage. Hollowed wood usually inside looks like a honeycomb and sounds empty on the inside.
3. EVIDENCE OF SWARMS
Discarded termite wings can be found near closed windows, doors and other home-access points. This is caused when termites (Alates) swarm out of their nest to mate and find a place start a new colony. When they land, termites intentionally twist their wings off because they will never need them again. Termite wings are all the same size.
4. MUD TUBES
Mud tubes can be found wherever the ground meets your house or any other possible food source like a tree or shed. This is because subterranean termites nest underground and forage up to their food source, which is often a house structure. These termites require certain temperature and humidity levels to survive. Their tunnels help block out cool, dry air, effectively turning your home into an environment where they can thrive. It also helps to protect the termites from their main predator, the Black Ant.
5. DRYWOOD TERMITE DROPPINGS
Drywood termites nest inside of wood. While tunnelling and eating the wood they’re infesting, they create galleries that they like to keep clean. To keep them clean, they create kick out holes where they remove their excrement. Since drywood termites eat wood, their excrement is wood, which essentially creates mounds of pellets. These mounds of pellets, resembling sawdust or coffee grounds, may indicate the presence of drywood termites.
Unfortunately, even if you don’t see signs of termites, that doesn’t mean they’re not there. Termite damage can go unnoticed for a while, and by the time damage is noticed, significant structural damage may already be done. That’s why it’s best to be proactive when it comes to termite control. Help protect your home by contacting RIP Termite & Pest Control Services on 1300 371 708 today to schedule your termite inspection.
Yes, termites are also known as white ants, the term “termites” is more precise. RIP Termite & Pest Control Services white ant treatment is therefore exactly the same as our termite treatments. Have a look at our about termites page for more information.
DIY termite treatment is a very bad idea, as identifying the termites is a very important step towards successfully treating termites. Disrupting termites could mean that they move and attack another area of your home. Our RIP Termite & Pest Control specialists have the experience and skill to eradicate your termite infestation.
RIP’s termite control technicians are equipped with devices which can not only see termites, but can hear termites. The latest equipment is accessible to all our technicians and has moisture meters, knocking rod, FLIR C3 Thermal Imaging so the termites have very little chance of remaining undetected.
You can reduce the risk yourself by obtaining expert advice. Call RIP Termite & Pest Control Services, the termite specialist and request a free advice. You will be advised to have some kind of ‘protective’ treatment, but you will also be given advice about how your home can be re-arranged in order to reduce the risk. This can really make a difference.
Typically, in an average home in Melbourne, we find the following ‘conducive conditions’ which, if attended to, will reduce the risk of termite infestation:
Lowering the ground level around the walls of your home
A high ground level increases the termite risk. You should step UP into your home. For homes on slabs, this usually means that the slab edge is just covered but the weep holes are exposed. For homes on stumps, this means that the air vents are not covered and the sub-floor can get ventilation.
Don’t use red gum sleepers for retaining walls
Sleeper retaining walls provide nesting conditions ideal for termites. If you have retaining wall metres from your home, you should think about removing it.
Badly chosen building extensions and conversions
High proportions of termite infestation we go to are caused by badly chosen add-ons to buildings. New concrete slabs poured against existing timber floors, and garages converted to living areas.
Never join timber floors with concrete slabs and always confirm your plans to a termite specialist before you build.
Reduce the moisture around your home
Termites need water to maintain the high humidity within the nest in addition to wood. By eliminating these needs, the homeowner can do their part to avert these pests from becoming a problem in their home. Improving drainage and fixing leaky plumbing in order to reduce available soil moisture.