Properties in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Port Stephens and Hunter Valley are at high risk of termite attacks. Thankfully, Rebel Pest Professionals have termite protection methods to safeguard your home. Our qualified pest experts implement a range of effective termite treatment options including physical barriers, baiting systems and chemical treatments.
Termite Treatment Options
After conducting a thorough inspection, our pest experts will recommend a suitable termite treatment, specific to the needs of your property. These solutions we use both prevent and treat termite attacks.
Physical Termite Barriers
Physical termite barriers are used when building a new home or extension. They are designed to stop termites entering the structure where they are installed and force termites out in the open where they can be detected.
Rebel Pest Professionals use and trust in the FMC HomeGuard product range as it is the best complete solution in the marketplace. This system is supported by a manufacturer $1million warranty.
The barrier system includes protection to pipe penetrations prior to the slab being poured as well as a layer of protective material installed on slab perimeter prior to frame installation. The FMC HomeGuard product range covers all types of construction from the slab on ground, to bearers and joist, to extensions to existing slabs, to relocation of penetrations.
In-Ground Termite Baiting Interception System
Baiting systems involve the installation of in-ground termite bait stations around the perimeter of your property to detect and intercept termite activity. The termites feed off the timbers in the bait station and consume the bait and take it back to the nest, infecting and eliminating the colony.
Our In-ground interception termite system installation includes an annual termite inspection along with monthly monitoring of the termite bait stations. Each year thereafter, you pay a renewal fee to ensure ongoing management of the system.
This method can be used at any stage of a property’s life and is commonly used on existing properties 10 years and older.
Above-Ground Termite Bait Stations
Above-ground stations are placed on termite activity within the property or other structures. The termites consume the bait and take it back to the nest, infecting and eliminating the colony. This is a one use treatment method.
Your Termite Expert will monitor these stations as frequently as required – every 2 weeks initially and as feeding decreases they are checked monthly. When there has been no termite activity at the bait station for three months, elimination is achieved and the bait removed.
Our Above Ground Baiting system includes an annual termite inspection 6 months from elimination. This method can be used at any stage of a property’s life and is commonly used on existing properties 10 years and older.
Liquid/Foam/Dusting Chemical Treatments
These treatments are commonly used when a termite nest is located above the ground, commonly in trees, on fence posts or timber piles. A chemical termite barrier involves applying a liquid chemical to the soil around the entire perimeter of the building. This treatment is also known as ‘Trench and Treat’. Another method of chemical treatment is a ‘drill and inject’. This involves drilling holes in side walls of the slab with the injection of chemical and plugs to fill holes. This method can be used at any stage of a property’s life however, it does have limitations on use.
How Long Does a Termite Barrier Last?
Physical termite barriers are installed when the home or building is built. FMC HomeGuard offers a 50 year warranty – terms and conditions apply.
Chemical termite barriers have improved a lot over the years. A good quality termite chemical barrier will last up to 8 years, subject to site and ground conditions.
In-Ground Baiting Systems
Termite bait stations need to be checked and monitored monthly. If active termites are found, a bait using an insect growth regulator is added to the station, so as termites feed they take the bait back to the colony. Our pest experts will continue monitoring the bait stations and provide you with monthly inspection reports. This system, when being managed consistently by a Pest Expert, will last a lifetime.
Tips For Termite Prevention
Here are some ways you can help reduce the risk of termite attack at your property :
- Remove stored timber, debris from under, in and around the property – Storing timber against or under your property on a soil sub-floor will provide termites an attractive food source and nesting site. It can also hide evidence of termites invading your home. Remove any timber and/or debris away from the house.
- Repair leaking taps and pipes – These include leaking taps, pipes and hot water overflow pipes under or around your property. Repairing these will reduce moisture levels, which attracts termites to your property.
- Ensure that vents to subfloor areas are never blocked – Poor ventilation in the sub-floor areas of your property will result in high humidity and moisture levels. Good ventilation and extraction fans where necessary are essential to reduce the risk from termites.
- Divert all hot water services & air conditioning overflows away from the side of the house – Ensure stormwater runoff is properly connected.
- Use only termite treated timber in garden beds, retaining walls and fence posts – Do not use untreated timbers to form garden beds or retaining walls, as these will attract termites around your property.
- Construct timber fences and support posts with a 50mm clearance between the timbers and the soil – Often the bases of timber fence palings and/or sub-floor timbers breach the soil surface. This allows termites access without detection.
- Keep a clearance of plants/shrubs from sides of the property – Plants/shrubs growing against the side of your property provide undetected entry for termites. Try to have at least a 30cm space between property and plants/shrubs. Avoid planting trees that have strong root systems that are likely to travel under your property.
- Remove dead trees/stumps – Dead trees/stumps are ideal areas for termites to nest in. Remove these or have them treated to reduce the risk to your property.
- Building alterations or additions can make previous termite protection ineffective – Adding a deck, pergola, tiling a patio, concrete slab extensions, or new plumbing will require additional termite protection.
- For slab on ground properties, Australian Standards state that a slab edge should be exposed to a minimum of 75mm – Weep holes in brickwork should be left open and fully exposed. Do not allow garden beds, pavers, tiling to impact the slab edge or weep holes as this provides termites entry undetected to your property breaching any previous termite barriers installed.
- Ensure all formwork timber is removed after construction – Another timber food source for termites to feed on and gain access to your property.