Termites

Will the chemical be safe for my children, especially my baby?

The chemicals we use now are much safer than those used in the past. The chemicals we use now have low toxicity levels. We do recommend however that if you have young children that you leave the house during the time the chemical is being applied. The chemicals are all injected underground.

Will I need to vacate the house while you are doing the termite chemical treatment?

There is no requirement but as a precaution especially if there is a chance you may be pregnant we suggest that you leave prior to chemical application.

I might be pregnant is safe to stay in the house?

We would recommend that you leave the house prior to chemical application.

How much would a full barrier treatment cost?

We have customer service managers who could explain the different treatment options, answer any questions you may have and give an obligation free quote.

What can I do to help stop termites?

Remove stored timber away from house, fix any drainage problems such as defective guttering, lack of down pipes or soak wells, air-conditioning overflow needs to be connected to soak well, Any stored goods next to an external wall should be off the ground with 150 mm inspection gap. And ideally the area around the house should be paved and garden beds adjacent to the house removed. Railway sleepers can make great termite nests as well as old stumps and dead trees, so we recommend their removal.

For a timber floored home we recommend traps cut so that we can access and view every part of the sub floor.

Finally the most important thing to do is have at least yearly inspections and a chemical barrier around the house every 3-5 years which we can work in partnership with you.

I don’t really want you to drill there. Will that really matter?

What we are doing is like putting a moat around a castle except here your house is the castle and the chemical barrier the moat. If we don’t drill there we are exposing your house to greater risk of termites getting into the building.

So it’s up to you. We don’t recommend it but if you are sure, we will note it on the acceptance form that you requested us not to drill there and that you are prepared to accept the risk of termites getting into your house through that gap in the barrier.

Will it matter if you don’t cut a trap in this room it is a polished floor and I don’t want it damaged?

Our company knows of carpenters who will professionally cut traps and even install a brass lifting ring so that it ends up looking extremely neat and smooth. This will cost between $60-$80 a trap normally. However if we cant inspect under this floor we won’t know if the termites are active or not.

It’s been four years since the last treatment. How long should I wait before I get another treatment done?

Our recommendation is reapplication of a chemical barrier every 3 to 5 years as the chemical starts to lose effectiveness after this time period.

How often should I get an inspection?

The Australian standard recommends at least every 12 months. Most people have fire and motor vehicle insurance and yet are unaware that termites do more damage than fires, floods, storms and earthquakes combined in Australia.

Are you aware that almost all house insurance policies do not cover termite damage? Having a yearly inspection which usually costs less than a fire policy is actually good value and highly recommended.

Why do I need annual inspections when I have had a termite treatment?

The termite treatment is a barrier around the outside of the house, (and internal walls of your sub floor, in the case of a timber floored home) which is highly effective at keeping termites away from your home but there can be problems in the construction of the house; for example there may be cracks in the concrete and plumbing penetrations may also be termite entry points. Also tradesman or even members of your own household may disturb the barrier by doing gardening, repairs to your retic, or hot water service. (Even dogs burying a bone can disturb the barrier.)

We therefore recommend annual inspections. The Australian standard recommends at least every 12 months even after termite treatments because of the factors I have mentioned.

Can I spray the termites with a fly spray?

No. It is important to leave the termites undisturbed so that we can bait and destroy the colony if necessary. Remember you might kill a few hundred but there could be millions back in the nest.

How much damage can termites do?

Termites have the potential to effectively destroy the structural integrity of a home. In the worst case houses, have been demolished because of the damage termites do. More commonly they may eat out door frames, skirting boards, window frames, kitchen or bathroom cabinets or wooden floors and of course roof timbers. The damage bill may be anything from a few hundred dollars to many thousands of dollars.

Is Perth a bad place for termites?

Australia as a whole is a country that has high risk but according to CSIRO data, Perth has been identified as very high risk. This is due to the presence of one of the most aggressive species of termite in the world Coptotermes Acinaciformis. This species which is very common in Perth is large in size and large in colony size, with up to 2 million termites in a mature colony. We also have sandy soils which the termites like and the timbers we use in houses are the natural timbers that the local termites eat in the bush.

I have seen Termidor advertised on TV, is that the best product?

Each product registered for use is highly effective in its own right. Termidor has the advantage that it may contribute to colony demise over time. The undisputed best product at the moment is Exterra but does cost around $2000-$2500. Contact us for an onsite quote!

How does the baiting system work?

Exterra is the only baiting system registered for termites at this time. The bait stations are placed around your home and contain timber and attractants to termites. The termites are drawn to the stations and then eat the bait and return it to the colony. After a period of weeks the colony is destroyed.

Why termites are called white ants?

It is because they are similar in size to ants, they are white, they are insects, they are highly organized like ants and they live in colonies. However biologically, they are more closely related to cockroaches than ants.

I have a new house so I don’t really need inspections yearly do I?

Even with new houses there is a need for termite inspections because of construction problems such as cracks in the concrete and plumbing penetration points. Furthermore the warranty on your chemical treatment under your house is often dependant on regular inspections.

How quickly can termites do damage to a house?

Termites are able to do severe damage to a house over a period of months.

If termites are eating the fence does that mean they won’t attack the house?

No, the termites send out foragers for food in a random pattern and will not be content with a single food source. Eventually, unless your house is protected, it is highly likely they will find a way into your house and do structural damage.

My house is 15 years old. What sort of chemical might have been put down then?

If your house was built prior to 1995 it was likely that the chemical used was an organochlorine. However they were effectively banned in that year. Since then it is likely that any chemical, which should be identified in your meter box, was a synthetic pyrethroid, such as Bifenthrin, which we use regularly.