Termite infestations are a large issue facing Ipswich homeowners, In Ipswich we have a wide range of species of Australian termites that can cause economic or structural damage to timber within our houses or commercial buildings that is generally from a subterranean nesting species. The reason these termites can cause such amounts of damage and be concealed is because their nest may not always be located as they are under the ground. The termite nests could be in a tree stump or in a trunk of a tree, stored timbers above or below the soil surface, or even under a concrete slab or in the wall of the bathroom.
Subterranean Termites travel below and through the sub-soil to find their food sources, they do this generally within 30-40cm below the ground or soil surface. Once the termites have located their required food source with a moisture source, whether it be a hardwood source or softwoods they can leave a trail of damage that can leave the property owner with a substantial amount of economic repairs.
Termite management in Ipswich is now a part of the building codes of Australia or NCC regulations which means new houses, extensions or renovations now require termite protection to be installed to lower the risks from termites gaining undetected entry into the new building works through cracks and crevices, cold joints or slab penetrations. Regardless the age of the structure, All Ipswich property owners should have a termite management program in place and this always starts with an Annual Termite inspection. To ensure you obtain the right advice we recommend you use a professional who not only understands the termite feeding and nesting habits, But Is adequately trained, competent, qualified and insured to both inspect and treat the concerns.
We have local expert timber pest specialists in Ipswich who are experts when it comes to termites and their elimination. At East Coast Building and pest we provide a wide range of Termite management services in Ipswich that includes but is not limited to annual termite inspections, post and pre-construction termite protection, Termite treatments to active or live termites, Chemical and or baiting and monitoring termite protection and most importantly pre-purchase timber pest inspections. Our team is further trained and accredited, QBCC licensed with the best and latest tools to the job done right the first time.
IPSWICH! HAVE YOU FOUND TERMITES? WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
Firstly if you have found termite damage or active termites its strongly recommended you do not disturb the area, A professional inspection by one of our Ipswich pest inspectors should be the first step to identify where the termite activity is, the extent of the activity and possibly ascertain the entry point into the structure, Then followed by identifying the best method of treatment. A termite inspection by one of our ipswich pest professionals is also essential in ensuring they are located using the right equipment, not just a free quote. Some companies somewhat fool clients with free quotes or free checks. We also offer free quotes but also advice a full inspection is required prior to proceeding. There are Australian Standards that all companies must follow for both inspection and treatment. A full pest inspection of the structure is essential and written as part of the Australian standard prior to any treatment being carried out and should take around an 1 hour minimum. Don’t be fooled make sure you have the whole house inspected and obtain correct advice.
TERMITE INSPECTIONS IN IPSWICH
Our Ipswich Termite inspections are a process of elimination. Annually termite inspections are classed as an essential part of home maintenance in Ipswich. Termites in Ipswich are a common problem affecting property owners and the current statistic is that termite’s effect 1 in 3 Queensland homes.
A major financial loss is caused by termite damage throughout Queensland let alone Ipswich every year. These losses are mainly due to property owners being complacent and not obtaining an annual termite inspection, lack of property maintenance, water leaks or building faults.
As a homeowner, you can reduce this risk by having a thorough inspection carried out at least annually or 12 monthly.
A Termite Inspection must be carried out to current Australian Standard AS 3660.2.17. Be aware – A Termite Check is not a Termite inspection to the Australian standard and should not be relied upon.
Our inspectors are licensed and experienced and use the latest technology including nondestructive and noninvasive Thermal imaging and Termite detecting radar equipment.
WHAT DOES A TERMITE INSPECTION INVOLVE?
One of our ipswich technicians will thoroughly inspect all areas of your house or commercial property including the roof cavity, sub-floor, internals of the building and externals of the structure using essential tools starting with a simple timber sounding device, torch and a trained ear to detect any abnormalities in accessible timbers and wall linings that may be a result of potential termite activity, moisture or timber decay.
Followed by, A meter that detects moisture is used throughout to detect any areas that contain possible moisture and subsequently may contain a termite infestation (If termites are behind wall linings they can create elevated moisture readings) or the moist areas may be conducive to termite activity.
And following the moisture check, We use a specialist tools such as the Termatrac T3i Radar and Thermal camera to assist to differentiate between termites or just elevated moisture readings.
Finally, Our inspectors will compile the findings into a digital and photographic termite inspection report and if required a termite management plan that will outline areas of risk, recommendations or tips on how to reduce the risk of termite infestations or attack. The report is emailed same day in PDF format.
Beware! If an infestation has been found by you the home owner we recommend a full termite inspection be carried out viewed as essential as it enables our technician to map out the activity and provide you with a treatment proposal and termite management plan, The trap of free quotes given by some companies will result in an inaccurate treatment proposal and potentially re-infestations, time is needed to assess the issue properly. Different situations require different treatment techniques, Some situations other methods will be far more effective, remedial chemical applications may be best option as opposed baiting or even dusting treatments, Our Ipswich technician will provide you the correct advice and for the price of a Full termite inspection starting at $220 its not worth the risk.
Again Some companies promote termite checks, a Termite check is not a full 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. (The Guidelines from the Australian standard is provided for a reason Termites are masters of concealment.) If you have had a company provide a termite check it now should be followed by a termite inspection to the Australian standard 3660.2 and ongoing termite inspections should be completed annually.
WHATS INCLUDED IN OUR IPSWICH 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.
Ipswich termite inspections on at least an annual basis are designed to not only identify active termites but is also to identify potential issues or conditions that may attract termites to your house. Most homeowners may not be aware of water leaks, building faults and conducive conditions. From our experience, it sometimes only just takes a slight water leak through the waterproofing in the shower wall or a garden bed with moisture backing an old infill slab with a timber frame, it will be only a matter of time until termites have found the food source that is your timber frame. Identifying and rectifying high-risk areas on an annual basis will, in fact, reduce the risk of major damage caused by termites. Our Ipswich Termite inspections will always be carried out to the Australian standard.
upon our Ipswich technician identifying termite activity we will provide you a proposal of the termite control measures that we recommend that can achieve colony elimination. Our Ipswich termite specialists are accredited with the latest products ensuring you get the right advice and successful treatment results. Treating termites is not just a case of grab a can of insect spray, it is a task that takes years to develop the skillset and techniques to gain colony control, it involves more than just chemicals. To perform a successful termite treatment you must have a knowledge of termite behaviour, ecology and nesting habits. A remedial treatment is designed to eradicate the termites in the structure. Our technician will carry out a follow up inspection of the area treated to ensure the activity ceases.
SOME OF OUR IPSWICH TERMITE TREATMENTS INCLUDE
▶ Above ground termite 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 termite workings – Dusting termites involve skill to apply a dust termiticide into the workings. It takes a good understanding of where entry points may be located and certain times of the year can affect the choice of treatment like baiting for instance.
▶ Foaming wall cavities into termite workings – Injecting a nonrepellent termiticide such as Termidor into the termite workings. This is a great approach if we know where the nest is located or a lot of activity has been identified.
▶ Treating termite nests. This is the most powerful type of termite treatment. It is important to obtain colony elimination by killing the queen or queens. If we cannot find the nest alternative stage two treatment methods may need to be put in place such as baiting or a chemical barrier. A termite nest can survive for up to 30 years. If the wrong chemical has been applied or it has not been effective you may risk repelling termites away and miss the opportunity to kill the queen and the termite colony survives potentially 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.
As per the Australian standards a ‘stage two’ treatment should be carried out after the termites have been eradicated inside. Even if termites have not been treated or identified, It is also highly recommended in all Ipswich or south east queensland homes Termite protection should be considered as a preventative measure. This can include 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. Some house designs in Ipswich can accomodate most termite management methods however some cannot, it is essential that the correct form be installed to the standard to ensure warranties can be provided.
As an Ipswich accredited company. This means we have undergone further training to be able to install adequate termite protection systems around your home or commercial property to protect against termites. This includes chemical termite barriers, baiting and monitoring systems, Chemical baiting and interception 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 or Baiting and Interception systems
There are many types of baiting systems available that all work on a similar principle. The baiting stations attract termites to the station before they enter your home. Termites are then either detected and fed bait by the technician or in the newer class of interception systems are able to feed off the already contained bait. Both bait types contain an active constituent to eliminate the colony, However with Sentricon always active if contains the active constituent 24/7 ensuring termites feed off the bait without missing the opportunity in between service checks. The non chemical containing baiting systems effectiveness relies on regular maintenance, however with the chemical contained baiting rods it is not possible for termites to feed off the baiting station and not ingest colony eliminating chemical.
Bait stations are placed every 3-4 meters around the perimeter of the home or commercial structure. The standard baiting and monitoring system is inspected every 6-8 weeks or 4 times a year with the new Sentricon Always Active System (as per the manufacturers specs, high active sites may require more frequent visits). Termites are all part of a large colony. Termites feed by feeding 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 eradication. Baiting is a great way of controlling subterranean termites as their nest is often somewhat impossible or hard 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 in Ipswich 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 buildings footing, treating the existing to new soil and backfilling or if the soil cannot be accessed then drilling and injecting at high pressure through the concrete slab is an option. The 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 chemical or product used, soil type, and delivery method however cheaper chemicals are around 3 years and premium chemicals up to 10 years is generally the lifespan these days.
There are two types of chemicals used these are either repellents which repels termites away from the treated zone and non-repellents where termites do not identify the treated zone and pick up or become effected by the chemical and carry it back through the nest affecting more termites on the way. In our opinion the most ideal and effective chemicals are non-repellents.
A chemical barrier is an effective approach to ensuring termite management. Chemicals have come a long way since the 1980s and 1990s. Most chemicals are now generally low or non-toxic if applied correctly. Not all Ipswich houses or building types are suited for chemical termite barriers and you should ask our brisbane inspector what is best suited suited or recommended and provide a termite management plan in accordance with AS 3660.2.17.
PRE CONSTRUCTION TERMITE PROTECTION IPSWICH
New Building in Ipswich, An essential stage of construction in todays building is installing a physical termite barrier. New homes, building extensions or renovations must have termite management installed.If this is overlooked you will find that certification will not be obtained. 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 as impenetrable from beneath the slab as best as possible, forcing termites to the outer edges so they can be visually identified.
Physical barriers cannot ultimately stop termites entering your home they can only expose them if installed correctly. 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 to maintain regular advice on ensuring this barrier is most effective.
If you are building in Ipswich either a new house, renovating or making an alteration to the existing house or concrete slab we can provide termite protection that conforms with the 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.
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TERMITE INSPECTION SERVICE AREAS FOR IPSWICH
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