Termite management is technical work,
and involves a great deal of knowledge. There is much more to treating termites than relying on old school costly flood and forget toxic chemical treatments that can in-fact create more issues such as locking termites into structures or re-infestations.
Going above Australian Standard 3660.2.17, Detecta-Pest provide expert termite inspections using the latest high tech detection equipment including Flir E8 Thermal Cameras and Termatrac T3i Termite Radar.
We aim to provide our clients a cost effective solution using next generation products that are safe and can achieve colony elimination even if the source of the problem cannot be identified.
Termite Inspection & Control Services
Detecta-Pest are up to date when it comes to termite management. We provide a range of termite management service that includes next generation termite treatments, termite control, and termite management systems for new and pre-built structures.
We are accredited installers of all major products that include Termidor, Kordon, Termseal and Exterminex Baiting. Our services are backed by a full warranty.
Termite Management Price Guide 2020
*Prices Include GST & based on a standard size slab on ground home
Thermal & Radar Termite Inspection $169*
Termite inspections are carried out in accordance with AS3660. Inspections include Flir E8 thermal camera scan, Termatrac T3i Radar, Moisture detection and full photographic report. * Based on a standard 3 bedrooms sized home.
Termite Control – Spot Treatments/ Baiting Visits $110*
Termite treatments starting at * $110. Prior to any treatments, an inspection must be carried out in accordance with AS3660. We do also offer free quotes on active termites.
Termite Management System. Termidor Treated Zones/ Baiting Systems/ Pre-Construction
We provide free quotes on termite protection, Termite management systems, treatments, and inspections. Feel free to give us a call today.
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Termite inspections are an essential part of property maintenance. Detecta-Pest Termite Inspections are carried out by a licensed and trained professional. We use the latest in termite detection equipment including the Termatrc T3i Termite Radar and also Flir E8 Thermal and Moisture Sensors.
In addition to modern technology, we also incorporate traditional methods such as sounding timber with experience and an expert trained eye. Termite Inspections Include:
- Same day photographic report
- Expert advice in maintaining a termite free property
- A licensed and trained inspector, Working to a standard, not a clock
- The use of the latest in termite detection equipment
- Recommendations and advice at any time of the year
If you have discovered termites in your home or workplace, We can help. Detecta-Pest provides free quotes on active termites.
There are many methods we use in eradicating termites from your property such as baiting, dusting and foaming wall cavities and this all depends on the species and also the building design type.
The biggest mistake homeowners make is trying to treat termites using the wrong products with not the right equipment and experience.
In most cases making things worse. If you are experiencing termite issues do not disturb the area and call us today, We can help.
Detecta-Pest provides termite protection on houses to be built or existing structures. Detecta-Pest is accredited with all major termite management products including Termidor HE, Kordon, Termseal and many more.
There are two different standards for existing houses and newly built houses when it comes to termite protection. Detecta-Pest provides expert advice in both instances.
This includes renovations where new slabs are to be poured, Protecting cold joints in bathroom renovations, Perimeter visual termite barriers and chemical treated zones to existing structures.
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Termite Tips For Homeowners
1) The best advice in maintaining a termite free home or reducing the risk of costly damage termites can cause is to maintain regular inspections. If the property is at moderate-high risk of termite attack or for example If the property is in a rural setting surrounded by eucalypts every 6 months an inspection is recommended. It is important to note termites can cause damage quickly and often remain in places undetected until the damage becomes evident. For other homes and with termite protection installed every 12 months.
2) If high moisture, drainage or leaks have been noted it is important to engage a licensed plumber to rectify as soon as possible. Annual termite inspections will also help identify leaks. High moisture is a major factor in attracting termites.
3) Outside timber elements. It’s important to ensure that any timber around the property or on the structure is not in direct ground contact or if it is it is treated and is not showing signs of rot or decay. Have a tradesperson repair or maintain any decay.
4) Slab Homes. Most modern buildings have a physical termite management system installed to prevent termites from entering the building undetected. It is important to make sure the slab edge is visible at all times and or weep holes are exposed and no stored goods are laying around the side of the building or gardens placed against the side of the structure.
5) During Rain, Make sure that the site drains adequately and moisture does not pool against the external of the house or enter the subfloor space. If so have a plumber assess.
6) If your property is in close proximity to gum trees you should have them test drilled for and inspected for termite activity. Termites do and commonly nest in the root crown or hollow out the trunk. This should be part of any property maintenance.
7) Ventilation. Termites love moldy damp and humid environments. If the building has a subfloor ensure if is well ventilated. Companies can provide ventilation works including installation of solar fans.
8) Gardens against walls. Its good practice to ensure garden beds, plants and wood chips are kept off garden walls. Termites love untreated timber wood chips and constant supply of water.
9) It is not uncommon for houses especially older to have had some sort of termite history. CSIRO states 1 in 4.
It is important to ensure if a previous termite infestation, damage or treatments were identified that a record of repair from a builder is obtained and also a certificate of termite treatment and protection maintained up to date. If this cannot be identified as they may have been lost or out of date a further detailed assessment of the protection is recommended.
10) Hard Woods and Treated Pine. Termites can cause damage to hardwood timber. It is a fact that termites natural food source is hardwood. Treated pine in most situations will be envelope treated only and there will be other untreated elements in the house. Ensure annual inspections are carried out.
12) Extensions and renovations. Some home owners have plans to extend or renovate. Make sure before you carry out any renovations or extensions the adequate termite protection is installed by a licensed pest control company to prevent headaches down the track.
13) Yes, termites are a risk to any property in most parts of Australia. By attending to our recommendations and keeping up the annual checks will lower the risk of termite attack.
Termites are the cause of the greatest economic losses of timber in service in Australia.Independent data compiled by State Forestry shows 1 in every 4 homes is attacked by termites at some stage in its life.
More recent data would indicate that this is now as high as 1 in every 3. Australia’s subterranean termite species (white ants) are the most destructive timber pests in the world.
In fact, it can take “as little as 3 months for a termite colony to severely damage almost all the timber in a home”. The most destructive species live in large underground nests containing several million insects. The problem arises when a nest matures near your home. Your home provides natural shelter and a food source for the termites.
The gallery system of a single colony may exploit food sources over as much as one hectare, with individual galleries extending up to 50 meters to enter your property, where there is timber for termites to feed upon.
Even concrete slabs do not act as a barrier; they can penetrate through cracks in the slab to gain access to your home. They even build mud tubes to gain access to above ground timbers.
In rare cases, termites may create their nest in the cavity wall of the property without making ground contact. In these cases, it may be impossible to determine their presence until extensive timber damage occurs. Once in contact with the timber, they excavate it often leaving only a thin veneer on the outside. If left undiscovered the economic species can cause many thousands of dollars damage leaving the homeowner with a cost to treat and repair.
Termite Ecology & Inspections
Termites being social insects usually living in underground nests. Nests may be in trees or in rare instances they may be in above ground areas within the property.
They tunnel underground to enter the building and then remain hidden within the timber making it very difficult to locate them. Where timbers are concealed, as in most modern homes, it makes it even more difficult to locate their presence. Especially if gardens have been built up around the home and termite barriers are either not in place or poorly maintained.
Termites form nests in all sorts of locations and they are usually not visible. There may be more than one nest on a property.
The diet of termites in the natural environment is the various hardwood and softwood species growing throughout Australia. These same timbers are used in buildings.
Worker termites move out from their underground nest into surrounding areas where they obtain food and return to nurture the other casts of termites within the nest. Termites are extremely sensitive to temperature, humidity, and light and hence cannot move over the ground like most insects. They travel in mud-encrusted tunnels to the source of food. Detection of termites is usually by locating these mud tunnels rising from the ground into the affected structure. This takes an expert eye.
Termite barriers protect a building by forcing termites to show themselves. Termites can build mud tunnels around termite barriers to reach the timber above.
The presence of termite tracks or leads does not necessarily mean that termites have entered the timber though. A clear view of walls and piers and easy access to the sub-floor means that detection should be fairly easy. However many styles of construction do not lend themselves to ready detection of termites. The design of some properties is such that they make the detection by a pest inspector difficult, if not impossible.
The tapping and probing of walls and internal timbers is an adjunct or additional means of detection of termites but is not as reliable as locating tracks. The use of a moisture meter is a useful aid for determining the presence of termites concealed behind thin wall panels, but it only detects high levels of activity. The older damage that has dried out will not be recorded. It may also provide false readings.
Termite tracks may be present in the ceiling space, however, some roofs of a low pitch and with the presence of sisalation, insulation, air conditioning ductwork, and hot water services may prevent a full inspection of the timbers in these areas. Therefore since foolproof and absolute certain detection is not possible the use of protective barriers and regular inspections is a necessary step in protecting timbers from termite attack.
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