Melbourne Termite Protection, treatments, inspections & Control | Specialists Termite Protection
If you find signs of termite activity inside your building, you have several options for professional protection from continued termite infestation and timber damage to the building:
- Initial Inspection & Report to A.S.3660 – a thorough inspection of buildings and surrounds – detailed written report to Australian Standard 3660 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 – Termidor or Termidor HE termiticide is recommended
- Termite Baiting – installation and monitoring of 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 live termite activity is present
- Building Modification & Maintenance – termite risk reduction measures – may include improving subfloor ventilation – removal of timber in contact with the soil – improving inspection access areas
- Subsequent Inspections to A.S.3660 – essential – at least at 12 monthly intervals where signs of termite activity has been previously located close by susceptible buildings or timber structures.
Termite Inspection Report – Australian Standard 3660
Essential first step – obtain a RIP Termite Inspection Report – a thorough inspection of the buildings and surrounds – a written inspection report and detailed specifications to A.S.3660 for an integrated termite control program. 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 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 kill the Termites if they attempt to access the building. RIP Termite & Pest Control Services uses Termidor and Termidor HE residual termiticide due to their long term effectiveness and safety profile if used correctly. Termidor and Termidor HE exhibits a transfer effect that over time will eradicate nests around the property.
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.
Chemical Soil Barrier requires expert knowledge and specialised equipment to form a complete and continuous barrier to protect the building from any termite entry and infestation. It consists of:
- Trench and treat soil around exterior of building
- Trench and treat soil around walls and piers in the sub-floor area
- Drilling and Injecting Trees, Stumps & Posts – with active termites
- Drill exterior concrete and treat soil thereunder
- Treating sleepers around property
- Treating paved areas
- Chemical soil treatment to Australian Standards 3660
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, subfloor or wall cavity where moisture is regularly supplied, from faulty plumbing, leaking shower recess, broken roof tiles and faulty guttering.
There are several types of termite control chemicals registered in Australia for use in termite control as a soil treatment chemical.
Termidor & Termidor HE is the safest effective termiticide. It is water based, has virtually no smell and of ultra-low hazard to humans, dogs, cats and other mammals. Termidor & Termidor HE is manufactured by BASF, – one of the worlds largest chemical companies.
Termidor and Termidor HE does NOT have an obnoxious odour or emit airborne residues or fumes. It’s registered as a low hazard insecticide with a CAUTION notation on the registered label.
The active ingredient in Termidor and Termidor HE is fipronil. Fipronil is also in the Frontline flea and tick control product used on millions of cats and dogs in Australia and the USA.
Some alternative termiticides have a strong repellency action to deter foraging termites. Repellant products are less effective in that the termites can detect the chemical and avoid it and move along the treated soil areas, actively seeking a gap to gain entry into the building. Non-repellant products, such as Termidor are more effective, in that the termites cannot avoid what they cannot detect. The chemical adheres to the skin of the worker termites or they ingest it when tunneling 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.
BASF Termidor and Termidor HE 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.
Termites tunneling in the Termidor or Termidor HE treated soil area abutting the building (of high concentration – near the point of application) are killed outright. Termites tunneling in the outer parts of a Termidor or Termidor HE 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 and Termidor HE adheres to the termite exoskeleton and is readily adsorbed through the exoskeleton and into the termite’s body to immobilize and kill the affected termite within a few days. In that time, the termites spread the Termidor or Termidor HE 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. Also, as termites carry away or cannibalize other dead termites, further spreading the lethal effect takes place throughout the termite colony.
EcoSafe Termite Baiting & Monitoring System
Termite baits registered in Australia by the Australian Federal Government APVMA Registration Authority are Nemesis, Exterra and Sentricon brand of termite baits.
As part of our EcoSafe Pest Control technologies, RIP has developed the EcoSafe Termite Baiting & Monitoring System using EcoSafe Termite Bait Stations being placed upon live termite activity areas; use of AVPMA registered termites 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 Termite Bait. Nemesis is Australian owned and developed product.
How a termite bait works
Termite baits contains an IGR insect growth regulator. The worker termites consume the termite 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 molt 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 it’s deadly effect to other termites in the colony. Termites cannibalize 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 are 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, termite colony elimination is 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 baiting program 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 neighboring 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.
Anti-Termite Tips for Home Owners
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 allow termites to gain undetectable entry from the soil to the structural timbers of the building.
- Exclude excessive water run-off from a sub-floor area by the installation of ag-drains. Make sure there is adequate cross flow ventilation in the sub-floor area. Look for signs of dampness in the wall cavities, broken roof tiles, faulty guttering and the like. High humidity, dampness or moisture accumulating in a wall cavity is of high risk to encouraging large scale termite activity inside the building.
- Remove any timber in contact with the soil. Timbers should be stored above ground level to allow full inspection for termite activity. Any landscaping using timber chip mulch and railway sleepers should be removed, as they provide ready food source to assist in rapid termite colony development.
- Ensure inspection access is unimpeded, particularly in sub-floor areas of suspended floors, in order to look for evidence of termite activity. If your home is on concrete slab on-ground flooring, make sure you can inspect the entire external slab edge for evidence of termite mud-shelter tubes. Do NOT allow this area to be covered by pavers, landscaping, planter pots, etc, as termites often gain entry into the wall cavity through external weep holes and gaps in the mortar of brick-work.
- 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.
- Regular Follow-up Inspections & Monitoring – the installation of a chemical soil barrier does not negate the need for regular competent inspections – at least 12 monthly where the termite risk is high. We recommend 12 monthly inspections be carried 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. RIP Termite & Pest Control Services has more than 20 years practical experience in protecting buildings in Melbourne and Victoria from termite infestations.
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