Termite Management

There are only 2 types of homes in Australia, those that have termites and those that will get termites’,

iPest use Termatrac T3i

Termatrac is the best available non-intrusive termite inspection device.

Comprising of a Termite Detection Radar, Remote Thermal Sensor and Moisture Sensor, coupled with Data Storage, Analysis and Presentation, the Termatrac T3i is the most advanced device in the world developed purely to detect, confirm and track the presence of termites. It allows termite inspections and treatments to be completed more accurately saving time and chemicals.

Termite Management systems

 Baiting and Monitoring

The baiting of the termites by way of feeding a highly effective toxicant within a food substrate, is the only means of providing control and elimination of the entire termite colony.

In-Ground Stations give the opportunity to monitor for and detect termite activity before they cause extensive damage to the home or building. In-Ground Stations should be inspected every 2 – 3 months, with replacement of the monitoring device every 6 months.

Once termites are detected in the in-ground Station, they can be baited using IG Termite Bait. IG Termite Bait has bait material encased in a tube designed for use in the in-Ground Station

Liquids

A home treated with a Termiticide takes about a day to install. A licensed and certified pest control professional digs a trench around the foundations of your home. The trench is extended down the sides of the foundation and cleaned out. The Termiticide is applied as the soil is back filled. Termiticideis non-repellent to termites. This means that they cannot detect the product and will not avoid the treated area. As a result, termites continue to forage through the soil until they encounter Termiticideand pick up a lethal dose. This is what makes a Termiticidework better and faster.

Some older products are repellent and are applied as a barrier. Their job is to keep the termites away instead of killing them, but the problem is these barriers have to be 100% complete with absolutely no gaps, which is almost impossible to achieve. Termites will actively seek gaps in the barrier day after day, year after year until they find a way through.

Dusting

More effective during the warmer months when the termites are more active, preferable before a colonizing flight.

Reticulation Systems

A reticulation system is designed to 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 outside the building. The reticulation system is laid prior to the laying of the concrete slab for the internal system and externally after the work has been completed but prior to any paving, concreting etc. Chemicals are added after the concrete slab has dried and therefore does not expose occupants to chemicals.

Physical barriers

A Termite Barrier is a flexible termite protection system that offers guaranteed termite protection, when installed in conjunction with a concrete slab poured to AS2870. A Termite Barrier can be installed as a perimeter termite barrier to all building types such as, but not limited to, in-fill slabs, waffle pods, slab edge rebates, tilt-slab or bearer and joist construction. A Termite Barrier can also be installed as a termite protection system for pipes and penetrations.

A Termite Barrier can also be installed to provide protection to retaining walls, internal step downs, construction joints, and access ramps.

Types of termites

Coptotermes

coptotermes-curvignathus

Coptotermes acinaciformis  is found all over Australia. This species overall is the most destructive of wooden buildings and other wooden structures in Australia. It nests in a variety of places, including trees, stumps and occasionally in walls of houses. A tree containing a mature nest can easily contain over half a million termites in a single colony. From its nest, buildings within 50 metres may be attacked. These termites are searching for the cellulose, starches and sugars that they obtain from wood. The sapwood of timber in service is preferred to the heartwood.

Schedorhinotermes

termites_schedorhinotermesSchedorhinotermes intermedius is second in Pest status to the Coptotermes spp in overall destruction of wooden buildings and timber in service in Australia. It is a subterranean termite nesting in trees, in filled patios and in the stumps of trees. The nests can number thousands of soldiers and workers. Their colonies contain major and minor soldiers. The major soldiers have bulbous heads. They reach their food via subterranean tunnels and shelter tubes.

Nasutitermes

termites_nasutitermesThere are several species of Nasutitermes spp. Their soldier termites have pointed heads. The Nasutitermes graveolus and Nasutitermes walkeri  build arboreal nests on the outside of trees but most species are subterranean non mound builders. Most Nautitermes spp prefer hardwoods to pine timbers. Other species attack weathered or decayed wood although the Nasutitermes exitiosus causes damage to timber in service.

Discouraging termites

Do not store wood or other organic material against the building.

Keep gardens and landscaping clear of weep holes, physical barriers (ant caps) and damp courses.

Regular inspections to ensure house is kept clear of organic material. Inspection of landscaping timbers, sleepers, fencing, other timber structures, termite shields ensuring they are intact and not breached.

Sub floor inspections for areas under kitchens, bathrooms and laundries.

Removal of all formwork, pegs etc near or under foundations or slab.

Where possible use treated timbers although some timbers are highly resistant to termites

Where possible improve sub floor ventilation.

Notify Pest Control of nests in trees and tree stumps.

Fix leaking pipes as termites are attracted to moisture

If found do not panic or disturb the termites, instead call 02-8502-1485