TERMITE INSPECTION AND CONTROL GOLD COAST
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TERMITE MANAGEMENT SERVICES GOLD COAST
WHAT IS TERMITE MANAGEMENT?
Termites are a huge problem facing homeowners on the Gold Coast. Australian termites that cause damage to timber within houses and structures are generally subterranean nesting. The reason termites cause such significant damage is because their nest may not always be located as it is under the ground. The nest could be in the trunk or a root crown of a tree, Below a slab or even in the wall of the bathroom.
Termites travel through the soil to find a food source generally 20cm below the soil surface. Once they have located their food source of moisture and timber, whether it be hardwood or pine they can leave a trail of destruction that can leave the homeowner out of pocket tens of thousands of dollars or more.
Managing termites in Australia is now a part of the building code which means new houses require protection to be installed to prevent termites gaining undetected entry into the house through cracks and gaps. All homeowners should have a termite management program in place and this should start with an inspection annually. It is important to ensure you only use a company who understand termites nesting and feeding habits, Is competent and qualified.
East Coast Building And Pest have expert timber pest specialists on the Gold Coast who know their stuff when it comes to termites. We provide a range of Termite management services on the Gold Coast that include annual inspections, New home pre-construction protection, Treatments to active termites, Chemical and baiting protection and pre-purchase inspections. Our team is further trained and accredited, QBCC licensed and carry the latest tools to get any job done right the first time.
HAVE YOU FOUND TERMITES? WHAT SHOULD YOU DO NOW?
Firstly if you have found suspected termite issues do not disturb the area, An inspection by a timber pest inspector is the first step to identify where the termite activity is and how it got into the house and the best method of treatment. A termite inspection by a professional is also essential in ensuring they are located adequately using the right equipment, not just a free quote. Some companies on the Gold Coast fool clients with free quotes or free assessments ect. There are Australian Standards that all companies must follow for both inspection and treatment. A full inspection of the structure is essential prior to any treatment being carried out and should take at minimum 1 hour, also identifying the extent of the activity. Don’t be fooled make sure you have the whole house inspected.
TERMITE INSPECTIONS GOLD COAST
Termite inspections are a process of elimination. Termite inspections annually should be an essential part of home maintenance in Australia. Termites are a common problem affecting homeowners and the current statistic is that termite’s effect 1 in 3 Gold Coast homes.
A major financial loss is caused by termite damage throughout Gold Coast every year. These losses are mainly due to property owners forgetting to have there an annual check, lack of property maintenance or building faults.
As a homeowner, you can reduce this risk by having a thorough inspection carried out annually.
A Termite Inspection must be carried out to current Australian Standard AS 3660.2.17. A Termite Check is not a Termite inspection to the Australian standard.
Our inspectors are licensed and experienced and use the latest technology including nondestructive and noninvasive thermal and termite radar equipment. Once the inspection is complete we issue you with a photographic digital report with recommendations on how to reduce the risk of termite attack and also a full termite management plan if required.
WHAT DOES A TERMITE INSPECTION INVOLVE?
The technician will inspect all areas of your property including roof void, subfloor, internals and externals of the structure using a timber sounding device with a trained ear to detect any abnormalities in timbers that may be a result of termite activity.
Secondly, A moisture meter is used to detect any areas that may contain termite infestation (If termites are active behind wall cavities, a high moisture reading is obtained) or areas that may be conducive to termite activity.
Thirdly, The use of specialist equipment including the Termatrac T3i Radar and Thermal is used to differentiate between termites or just high moisture.
Finally, The inspector will compile a digital and photographic termite inspection report and termite management plan if required that will also outline areas of concern, recommendations, and tips on how to reduce the risk of termite attack. The report is emailed same day in PDF format.
Beware! If an infestation has been identified a termite inspection is essential as it enables us to map out a proposal and termite management plan to be put forward with the best method of treatment, do not fall into the trap of free quotes given by some companies this will result in an inaccurate treatment proposal. Different situations require different treatments, In some situations, baiting may be best option as opposed to a chemical treatment, Our technician will provide the right advice on site. Please note some companies promote termite checks, a Termite check is not a proper Termite inspection it is only carried out to give an indication if a full termite inspection is required and the answer will always be yes. Following a termite check it then should be followed up by a full termite inspection to the Australian standard 3660.2 and ongoing termite inspections should be completed annually.
WHATS INCLUDED IN A TERMITE INSPECTION?
▶ Termatrac T3i Termite Radar
▶ Free Thermal Imaging
▶ Sounding of timbers
▶ Moisture detection
▶ Also detection for mould a termites food source
▶ Timber decay
▶ Identification of areas conducive to termite attack
▶ Also, Digital photographic report produced same day with a list of recommendations to reduce the risk of termite attack.
Gold Coast Termite inspections on an annual basis are designed to not only identify live termites however issues that may attract termites. The homeowner may not be aware of high moisture, Building faults and conducive conditions. From experience, it only takes a slight leak in the shower wall backing onto a garden bed on an old infill slab with pine frame and it will be a matter of time till termites have found a way in. Identifying and rectifying high-risk areas on an annual basis will, in fact, reduce the risk of major damage caused by termites. A Termite inspection will always be carried out to the Australian standard.
TERMITE CONTROL / REMEDIAL TERMITE TREATMENT
Once we have identified the termite activity we provide effective termite control measures that will achieve colony elimination. Our technicians are accredited with the latest products ensuring you get the right advice and results. Treating termites is a skilled task, it involves more than chemical alone. Thus, To perform a successful termite treatment you must have a knowledge of termite behavior and ecology. A remedial treatment is designed to get the termites out and ensure after following up inspections the activity ceases.
SOME TERMITE TREATMENTS INCLUDE
▶ Above ground live baiting – Baiting termites is an effective way of eliminating a termite nest when we cannot find it. Some species are quicker to bait than others.
▶ Dusting workings – Dusting termites involve skill to apply a termiticide in powdered form into the workings. It takes a good understanding of where entry points are located and also certain times of the year can affect the application like baiting.
▶ Foaming wall cavities – Introducing a nonrepellent termiticide such as Termidor into the termite workings. This is a good approach if we know where the nest is located or a lot of activity has been identified.
▶ Treating nests. This is the most important part of a termite treatment. It is important to obtain colony elimination by killing the queen/s. If we cannot find the nest treatment methods may need to be put in place such as baiting. A termite nest may survive for 30 years. If the wrong chemical has been applied or is not effective you may risk repelling termites away or not kill the queen and the termite colony survives to find another entry point.
▶ Chemical treated zones around the house and under the slab is a long-term method that involves treating the soil with an APVMA approved termiticide into the soil around the perimeter and under slabs to prevent ongoing undetected termite entry.
TERMITE PROTECTION GOLD COAST
1. Baiting And Monitoring Systems
2. Chemically Treated Zones
3. Physical Barriers
A stage two treatment after the termites have been eradicated inside or installing termite protection as a preventative can include forming up soil treatments to the perimeter of the structure or installing other management systems such as termite baiting systems to protect the structure depending on the building design. Many of today’s products come with a manufactures warranty, Only an accredited installer can provide these warranties.
As an accredited company. This means we have undergone further training to be able to install adequate systems around your property to protect against termites. Thus, includes termite barriers, baiting systems, post, and pre-construction management systems. The chemicals and protection available on today’s market are safe and effective. Some methods are Non-Toxic.
1. Baiting and Monitoring
There are many types of baiting systems available. However, they all work on the same principle. The baiting stations attract termites before they enter your home. Thus, Termites are then fed bait that contains an active constituent to eliminate the colony. The effectiveness of baiting stations relies on maintenance.
Bait stations are placed every 3-4 meters around the perimeter of the structure. The bait system is inspected every 6-8 weeks with older systems or 4 times a year with the new Sentricon Always Active System. Termites are all part of a large colony and are constantly connected as one. Termites will feed each other and the queen. Once the termites have ingested the poison from the bait stations it is transferred throughout the colony and results in colony collapse. Baiting is a great way of controlling subterranean termites as their nest is often hard to or almost impossible to locate as it is hidden in a tree or beneath the soil and can wreak havoc for years.
2. Chemical Treated Zone (Chemical Barrier)
A chemical barrier should only be installed by a licensed and accredited pest control technician. Termite barriers are installed in the soil of the perimeter of your slab edge and footings to ensure termites cannot enter the structure. Termite barriers are installed by trenching to the footing, treating the soil and backfilling or if the soil cannot be accessed then drilling and injecting at high pressure through the slab is required. In addition, these soiled areas can also have a reticulation system (perforated hose) installed to avoid re-digging in the future.
The lifespan of a chemical barrier varies depending on the product, soil type, and delivery method however 3-10 years is generally the lifespan these days.
The types of products used are repellents (repels termites away) and non-repellents (termites pick up the chemical and carry it back through the nest affecting more on the way). The most ideal and effective chemicals are non-repellents.
A chemical barrier is an effective approach to ensuring complete termite prevention. Chemicals have come a long way since the 80s and 90s. These are now generally Low or Non-Toxic if applied correctly. Not all houses and building types are suited for termite barriers and you should ask your local pest inspector what is recommended whilst first providing a termite management plan in accordance with AS 3660.2.17.
Most Effective Chemical Brands
Termidor – Non-Repellent – Up to 8 years
Biflex – Repellent – Up to 10 Years
TERMITE PROTECTION PRE CONSTRUCTION
An essential stage of construction now days is installing a physical termite barrier. New homes or renovations must have them installed. A physical barrier is designed to work integrated with annual termite inspections to detect early signs of termite activity and thus reduce the cost of treatment and damage.
The concept is to basically make your house impenetrable from the slab, forcing termites to the outer edges so they can be identified.
Physical barriers cannot ultimately stop termites entering your home they only expose them. Adding an attachment or an additional slab without protection, Storing goods, Placing garden beds against or covering weep holes on external walls will enable termites to gain undetected entry. Having an annual inspection is a must.
If you are building a new house, renovating or making an alteration to the slab we can provide termite protection that conforms with current Australian Standards. We work in conjunction with licensed builders providing free quotes. We provide all certifications, Form 16s, warranties and more. For further advice on pre-construction termite protection give us a call today.
Accredited with the following pre-construction products.
▶ Home Guard ▶ Kordon ▶ Camilleri Reticulation ▶ TermSeal ▶ Termidor ▶ BiFlex ▶ GreenZone
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