Termites are commonly also known as ‘white ants’ and can potentially cause millions of dollars in damage to properties throughout Australia if left untreated.
Areas at high risk of termite attacks include Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Port Stephens and Hunter Valley, making termite pest control a priority.
At Rebel Pest Professionals, our qualified technicians are able to provide a range of safe, effective termite treatment options to suit, including physical termite barriers, baiting systems and chemical treatments.
Termite Treatment Options
If you have ever had the misfortune of seeing a property in the midst of a termite infestation you will know the amount of damage termites can do in a short space of time. They can quite literally eat a property from the inside out so finding the right termite treatment as soon as possible, can make all the difference.
When it comes to choosing the best termite treatment option it can be overwhelming, trolling through endless information on the internet about termite inspections and barriers and termite baits.
It really can be difficult to know the best method to use to rid your home of termites permanently.
For over 20 years Rebel Pest Professionals have been treating properties across Newcastle and the Hunter Valley for termites, and assessing the best termite treatment for each individual customer, so you can rest assured we have both the knowledge and experience to provide you with the best termite solution for you.
Physical Termite Barriers
Subterranean termites live in the soil around your home and can potentially cause untold and sometimes irretrievable damage to your property.
When building a new home physical termite barriers are typically included as part of the buld process. These types of termite treatments into the soil form a physical barrier between termites and your home. Similar to a moisture layer, this termite barrier treatment consists of sheets being laid over the building slab prior to construction. As these creatures generally enter a building through its foundations this is a highly effective treatment against termites. Considered a pre-treatment it can also be performed when undertaking a home extension or renovation.
A physical termite barrier treatment once installed, is designed to prevent termites from entering the structure and to force termites out in the open where they can be detected.
Rebel Pest Professionals use and trust the FMC HomeGuard product range simply because it is the most comprehensive, effective termite solution in the marketplace. The HomeGuard Precision Termite Management System combines the benefits of physical and chemical protection designed to discourage termites from gaining access into a building. This product is also supported by a manufacturer $1million warranty.
As described above, the termite barrier treatment system includes protection to pipe penetrations prior to pouring the slab together with a layer of protective material which is installed on the slab perimeter prior to frame installation. The FMC HomeGuard product range covers all types of construction from a slab on the ground, bearers and joist, extensions to existing slabs, and relocation of penetrations.
In-Ground Termite Baiting Interception System
In-ground termite baiting systems involve the installation of in-ground termite bait stations strategically placed around the perimeter of your property to detect and intercept termite activity. Termites feed off the timbers in the bait station and consume the bait. They then take it back to their nest where they infect others and eliminate the entire colony.
Our In-ground interception termite system installation includes an annual termite inspection together with monthly monitoring of the termite bait stations. Each year thereafter, you pay a renewal fee to ensure ongoing management of the in-ground termite baiting interception 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 termite bait stations are placed on termite activity within the property or other structures. Termites consume the bait take it back to the nest, infect others, resulting in elimination of the entire colony. This is a one use treatment method.
Our Termite Experts will monitor these stations as frequently as required – initially every 2 weeks, and as feeding decreases we will begin a monthly monitoring service.
When there has been no termite activity detected at the bait station for three months, elimination is achieved and the bait is then removed.
Our Above Ground Baiting system includes an annual termite inspection 6 months after termites have been eliminated. 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 particular termite treatments are commonly used when a termite nest is found above the ground, most commonly in trees, on fence posts or in piles of timber. A chemical termite barrier treatment 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 treatment method 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 when termites feed they take the bait back to the colony. Our termite control experts will continue to monitor the bait stations and provide you with monthly inspection reports. This system, when being managed consistently by our Termite Control experts, will last a lifetime.
TIPS TO PREVENT TERMITES
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.
If you have found termites in or around your property, don’t waste anytime, contact us today to organise an inspection of your property and provide a termite control solution!