Summary of Professional Termite Control Methods
INITIAL INSPECTION & REPORT requires a complete thorough inspection of the buildings and surrounds, and a detailed written report on areas inspected, evidence found of termite activity, high-risk termite entry areas inaccessible to inspection and termite control options and limitations thereto. Recommended as essential.
CHEMICAL SOIL TREATMENT around the perimeter and sub-floor of a building to eradicate termites attempting to gain entry into the building through a treated soil area. On the grounds of safety and effectiveness Termidor or Premise termiticide, are recommended for this purpose - discussed in detail later in this website.
TERMITE BAITING and potential TERMITE COLONY ELIMINATION involves the installation and monitoring of termite bait stations, such as Exterra and Sentricon systems. This method relies heavily on the termites "finding" and consuming sufficient bait. Recommended in some circumstances.
BUILDING MODIFICATIONS and MAINTENANCE including some termite risk reduction measures the homeowner carries out, such as, improving sub-floor ventilation, removal of timber in contact with the soil, opening and clearing important inspection access areas, etc.
Regular FOLLOW-UP INSPECTIONS are essential and should be carried out at least every 3 to 6 months where signs of termite activity has been located in the vicinity of susceptible buildings or timber structures.
Initial Inspection of Buildings & Surrounds
FIRSTLY, it is essential for the termite controller to complete a thorough inspection of the buildings and surrounds. The property owner should be supplied with a written inspection report and detailed specifications for an integrated termite control program. It is essential that the inspection and report be received before any protective measures are commenced.
A professional termite inspection and report, including a termite control protection advice costs vary depending on the size of the house and the style of construction and ease of inspection access.
A professional termite inspection and report could save you thousands of dollars.
Specific areas inspected should include accessible timbers within the crawlspace in the sub-floor, roof void, interior, exterior, garden landscaping, fences, other timber structures and trees in the locality.
Chemical Soil Treatments
CONSUMER NOTE: Most homeowners are unaware that their general home insurance policy does NOT cover termite damage to structural timbers. However, appropriate professional indemnity insurance is available to professional pest controllers to cover termite damage to structural timbers in a building caused by subterranean termites gaining entry into the building through an abutting chemical soil treated area.
If there are termites in the building, at the time of chemical soil treatment, they cannot safely return to their central colony nest through the chemically treated soil. Termites are compelled to return every few days to their central colony nest in the ground to obtain moisture essential for their survival and to feed and groom the nymphs (young termites), the king, queen and other termites.
The installation of a chemical soil barrier requires expert knowledge and specialized equipment to form a complete and continuous barrier to protect the building from a termite entry and infestation - as illustrated below:
Trench and treat soil around external concrete slab edge - a common termite entry point Trench and treat soil around walls and piers in the sub-floor area Use rod injection to treat soil along and around the external perimeter area of the building.
Drill concrete floor along all expansion joints and cracks, and treat soil thereunder Drill concrete floor around pipes and treat soil thereunder Drill concrete patio areas and treat soil area therein - a high risk termite nest location.