Termites (white ants) are an essential and major part of our pest control services. Termites (white ants) are one of the most destructive pests to a home or building owner. More often than not, an extremely large extent of structural timber damage is caused, without the home or building owner even knowing.
Termite control or termite management is recognised as the most effective way of reducing your long term risk of termite infestation. A termite monitoring and interception system lays out several monitoring systems which notify you of the presence of termites. The systems are inspected regularly and as soon as termites become evident, chemicals are added which are specifically designed to kill off the nest.
Termite Management Solutions
By far the best way of controlling termites is seeking professional help from our licensed Timber Pest Management Technicians, (with a combined 70 years termite experience), who are fully trained to provide you with a termite management solution to suit your requirements and needs.
Chemical Barrier System
Chemical barrier systems provide a zone of treated soil, poisonous to termites, (but certainly not to humans) under footings and slabs and/or around the perimeter. Chemicals registered for termite protection include synthetic pyrethroids, an extremely low toxic but highly effective “control agent”.
These chemicals have varied life expectancies (refer to product label & directions), depending on soil and exposure conditions and will therefore require replenishment at regular intervals.
Physical Barrier System
Physical barriers such as stainless steel mesh, graded granite stone, impregnated plastic termite collars, impregnated termite stones and metal shielding prevent termites from gaining concealed access to the superstructure of a home or building. The apertures in the stainless steel mesh are too small for termites to pass through. Graded granite creates a barrier preventing ingress of termites into a home or building.
The granite particles are too heavy for the termites to move. Furthermore, when placed into position, the specific-size and shape of the granite particles create voids that are too small for termites to pass through. Metal shielding creates an impervious barrier. A correctly designed ‘ant cap’ will not prevent termites from gaining access to a house or building. However, it will cause termites to form a visible bridge over the cap, which can be readily detected during regular, competent inspections and warn of their presence.
Reticulation Systems are designed to effectively treat the area under concrete slabs, for protection against infestation by subterranean termites and around the external perimeter of structures to prevent termites entering from the outside of a building.
Monitoring and Intervention Systems
The principle of monitoring techniques is to have a susceptible substance in an aggregation device ("monitoring station") in which the termites aggregate and continue to feed once they have found the monitoring station. Monitoring stations can be placed in in-ground and above-ground situations. Placement of the stations in areas conducive to termite activity ("directed placement") enhances the chances of contact with foraging termites. A toxicant in timber or a cellulose matrix can be placed in the station or the colony may be indirectly destroyed by dusting aggregated termites.
Some toxicants eliminate the colony while others suppress the colony. However, both methods reduce potential to cause further damage to timbers. Termite monitoring is most beneficial when used as part of an integrated-pest-management strategy. Colony elimination or suppression should be followed by hazard reduction and regular inspection. Monitoring should continue because only a small amount of toxin is used and does not prevent foraging by other termite colonies that may be present in the foraging range of a timber structure.