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Arranging regular termite inspections in Balmain (once a year in cooler and twice a year in warmer areas) is the best way of controlling termites before they can do any damage. During early spring and late summer termite activity is usually at its highest so it makes sense that inspections during these times will be most beneficial.
Another weapon in your termite control in Balmain armoury is to keep the edges of the house clear of clutter. And don’t forget that termites sometimes find perfect hiding places in garden beds and vegetation. So keep these as clear as possible from any clutter as well.
While home owners can inspect houses themselves if they can identify termite activity, it is important to get a trained professional to do it at least once or twice a year. This will ensure that you haven’t missed anything.
If you do find any termite activity in or around your house, don’t disturb them. You may cause them to spread further because chances are that you won’t eradicate them completely. It is important that you call the professionals to deal safely and securely with them.
OUT OF ALL PESTS THAT ENTER YOUR HOME THE MOST UNWANTED IS THE SUBTERRANEAN TERMITE
Here are a few facts people don’t generally know about termites:
- Every year more damage is done to homes by termites than both fires and storms combined.
- 1 in 3 homes either have active termite activity or a history of it.
- No household- or home-owner’s insurance covers for termite damage.
- Having a steel framed structured building doesn’t mean it is safe from termite attack.
Many people think that termites only attack timber. However, a CSIRO study showed that steel framed and brick structures are as vulnerable to termite attacks as their wooden counterparts. This is because the termites will attack other cellulose based materials used in these constructions such as window frames, timber doors and skirting boards.
Almost like human villages, termites live in colonies. And just like every person in a village has a different task, termites also have specific functions. Another comparison is that just like the population count for a village varies, so does the size of a termite colony. Their colonies vary from a few hundred to hundreds of thousands or even millions. Some species build mounds, some nest underground and some live in small colonies while other colonies will nest in the wood of trees.
As they forage for food below the soil, they sometimes by chance will gain access to your home from the sub floor area, the slab’s edge or even timber structures that are attached to the house. This is why it is important that you don’t only have a termite inspection done when you move into a new house. Every property owner should have an inspection done at least every six to twelve months to make sure their property is termite free.
With termites being the most destructive of all wood attacking pests, they attack timber while feeding mainly on cellulose. Cellulose is found in all timber. The termites constantly feeding on the timber will soon destroy it. When looking to eradicate termites from your property, it is important that the nest is found and destroyed. If the nest is not destroyed you will have further termite damage and treatment will have to be repeated.
Forensic Pest Management Services has been licensed by the the state governing body of Pest Control within New South Wales. Our commitment to our customers ensures you that we provide the best possible preventative termite control in Balmain that measures as well as providing effective termite treatment in Balmain methods. During the whole process we will cause minimal disruption to your household and adhere to all regulations regarding your health, safety and protecting the environment.
YOU CAN PROTECT YOUR BUILDINGS AGAINST TERMITES
Control methods for termites can essentially be divided into two groups, prevention and treatment. Preventative measures are applied during the construction of new buildings and treatment is applied to pre-existing buildings.
There are different options that can be used in the control of termites, such as baiting and application of termiticides. The only ways of getting rid of termites completely are either through the use of chemicals or baiting. With baiting the chemical is applied in a designated, well-controlled manner. People sometimes ask about the installation of non-chemical physical barriers as a part of termite control. Unfortunately, this is only possible during construction of the building and can’t be done in existing structures.
Pre – Construction Termite Control
One method of pre-penetration termite protection is through pipe penetration collars. These collars are available in various sizes and act as a physical barrier to stop attacking termites from entering a building through the pipes.
TERMSEAL URA-FEN SHIELD UNDERSLAB AND PERIMETER BARRIER
TERM-seal Ura-Fen Shield is a sheet termite barrier installed in buildings during the construction process. It doesn’t only guard against termites but is also good against moisture and damp. It is made of a top and bottom untreated polyolefin cover sheet with an active matrix sheet of open cell polyurethane foam that contains 2gm/kg Bifenthrin as the active ingredient. Ura-Fen Shield can only be installed as a complete termite and moisture barrier while a building is in the construction phase, as it is installed under concrete slabs, across cavities as a building perimeter barrier, joints and penetrations or as an ant capping. This barrier is UV stable and designed to last.
TERMSEAL MULTIPURPOSE ACTIVE COATING
Termseal Multi-Purpose Active is a termite and water proofing combination. It is applied as a two-in-one application. It is applied to back filled walls, slab edges, internal walls, cavities and joints.
TERMITE CHEMICAL BARRIER
Many owners of new buildings prefer to ‘build in’ termite treatment while the building is being erected. Therefore many new buildings are being protected against termite infestations by creating a termiticide-treated layer of soil surrounding and under the building. This forms a barrier that is used together with the physical methods to protect against termites. The termiticide is applied to the soil under the slab and around the footings, pipes, conduits and other structures of the building during the construction stage to form a vertical barrier. The building is also protected horizontally as further loosened soil around the perimeter of the house, including around all pipes and service facilities, is treated during and after construction.
TERMITE RETICULATION SYSTEM
A termite reticulation system is a perimeter- and under slab irrigation system. It allows for easy termiticide application. The system is ideally suited for both pre- and post-construction termite control. A specially designed pipe system is installed around the external perimeter of a new construction. It is often also installed under the slab of the construction. The pipe is then pumped with a termiticide and through controlled weep holes, the chemical drips out and impregnates the soil to form a protection barrier against termites. Over a number of years, the system can become less effective, so it is recommended that it be replenished/recharged through the fill-up points of the pipe system every 2 to 3 years.
Post – Construction Termite Control
TERMIDOR TERMITE DUST
Because of ineffective termite treatments used on termite colonies during previous treatments, it is possible that termites may be present in a house with no connection to the exterior. This usually happens because of a previous treatment conducted with older termite control products that are repellent, thus trapping them inside with no choice but to feed solely on the house timbers. This was really a case of making a bad situation worse.
Also, leaking plumbing inside the house can create conditions where the termites do not need to return to the soil as their moisture source. What makes it worse is that under these conditions, no liquid treatment will be effective. The moisture will dilute the liquid treatment, rendering it ineffective. In these cases we use Termidor termite dust.
Termidor dust is either applied directly on the termites or gets applied to any places there are evidence of termite activity such as in the interior or exterior of the building. It is also used in yards, trees or fences. Once the Termidor dust is applied, the affected termites become carriers of the dust. They carry the dust particles on their bodies, spreading the dust to other termites within the entire colony.
People need to understand that eradication of one termite colony with Termidor Dust doesn’t guarantee protection from a future attack by other colonies in the area. Therefore, to ensure future termite control, the application of a chemical barrier or termite baiting and monitoring system is recommended.
The Australian Standard for termite control states that an initial remedial treatment such as dusting be conducted before applying the longer lasting chemical treatment, thus creating a chemically treated zone.
TERMITE CHEMICAL BARRIERS
A termiticide such as Termidor is applied as a continuous chemical soil zone around the external walls, footings and sub floor areas of a building. The termiticide is applied either by creating a trench or by injecting it into the ground. Because termites often use footpaths and patios to gain entry into a building, the termiticide can also be injected through these.
Termidor is non-repellent to termites. This means that they cannot see or smell the product and therefore will not avoid the treated area. As a result, the termites continue to randomly forage through the soil until they encounter Termidor. Once this happens and they get a lethal dose, the whole termite colony will soon be eradicated.
The way Termidor works is by moving only a small distance outward from the site of application before binding tightly to organic material in the soil. This means that Termidor concentration decreases with increasing distance from the site. The termites will come into contact with the lowest concentration of Termidor first. Some of them will survive and end up transferring the termiticide to others in the colony through normal feeding and grooming. This unique Transfer EffectTM is devastating to other termites not directly exposed to the Termidor treated zone. It could wipe out the entire colony. If termites continue to tunnel into the treated soil where the Termidor concentration is higher, they will die more quickly. This makes Termidor very effective as it is two termite treatments in one.
TERMITE BAITING / MONITORING SYSTEMS
Strategically placed bait stations are used to attract termites with a food source that is attractive to them, such as dry wood or paper refuse. These bait stations are installed every 2 to 3 metres around the exterior of the building and once the termites are attracted to and feeding from the bait stations, a termiticide is added. Just as the case is with the chemical barriers, the termiticide is then quickly spread through the colony. As feeding on the bait continues and more termites are affected, the worker termites will die. With the worker termites dead, the whole colony will soon be destroyed.
The bait stations should be regularly assessed by a professional. Once it is determined that a colony has been eliminated, the bait should be replaced with dry wood. By doing this, the bait stations will act as a monitoring device for future termite activity. This will help in finding future invasions before they can do damage to the building.
TERMITE RETICULATION SYSTEM
A termite reticulation system is a perimeter- and under slab irrigation system that infuses termiticide into the area where it is located. It allows for easy termiticide application. The system is ideally suited for both pre- and post-construction termite control. A specially designed pipe system is installed around the external perimeter of a new construction. It is often also installed under the slab of the construction. The pipe is then pumped with a termiticide and through controlled weep holes, the chemical drips out and impregnates the soil to form a protection barrier against termites. Over a number of years, the system can become less effective, so it is recommended that it be replenished/recharged through the fill up points of the pipe system every 2 to 3 years.
Call Forensic Pest Management Services today to book an appointment. We will assist you with all termite inspections in Balmain.