Termite Removal Pest Controllers
Termite control or termite treatment is essential for Sydney homes and commercial properties susceptible to termite infestations. Schedule a termite inspection and let pest control experts help you stop or prevent pest infestations from happening.
If you suspect that there might be a termite attack on your property, you should take immediate action before it’s too late. But, first, prevent termite infestation and save on repair costs!
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There are many ways to apply treatment for termite infestations depending on the type of termite, the area of infestation and the age of the home. The termite treatment process could range from a simple bait and barrier treatment to possibly full building work. If you suspect a problem, consult our team immediately!
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What are common types of termite treatments?
Direct destruction of the termite colony by physical means
Where the nest can be located and accessed, the entire nest should be physically broken up and removed. With mound-building white ants or those that construct their nests in the root crown of trees, care must be taken to ensure that the cell containing the queen is removed or destroyed.
Direct termite treatment of the colony by chemical means
Where the nest can be located but not accessed sufficiently for physical removal or destruction it should be destroyed by chemical means as follows:
1. Application of dust termiticide may be applied by means of a hand puffer or other suitable equipment to ensure its distribution within the colony.
2. Application of liquid termiticides may be applied directly into the nest. Holes should be drilled into the nest and the termiticide injected. In order to ensure eradication, the position of the royal cell should be identified by using temperature probe and the immediate areas around it targeted.
Indirect Termite Treatment of the Colony
When the nest cannot be located, it is possible to eradicate the colony by the application of suitable, registered chemicals remote from the nest, as follows:
1. Application of dust termiticide. A registered termiticide dust should be applied to sites of white ant activity. Once active galleries have been detected, it is important that disturbance be minimal prior to the application of dust.
2. Application of bait. Suitably registered baits may be used in conjunction with aggregation systems or may be applied directly to areas in which white ants are already known to be feeding. The effects of the baits on the colony will depend on the active ingredients.
How can you prevent a termite infestation?
A termite invasion can be quite a disaster since a termite’s food diet consists of wood, which endangers the structure of your house. With most of the houses in Sydney built using wood foundations, beams, framing and such, regular inspection is advisable with appropriate yearly followups for high-risk homes. An infestation can destroy the whole structure of a house when it is not treated in time. Also, the earlier that you manage to discover termites, the better for you since you will not have to resort to spending thousands of dollars to exterminate these wood-eating insects.
By applying the right termite treatment with the help of professional termite exterminators, you stop termites (also called white ants) from damaging your property.
We have spoken recently to many homeowners who have been quoted a chemical barrier for fumigation. This is not correct. Chemical termiticides can only be used for direct termite application. So if you have located the nest, you may use a chemical termiticide to kill the colony. Other than directly spraying the nest, chemical applications of termiticide should be used for barrier control only.
Remember this when getting termite treatment prices from professional termite treatment companies. Not following the correct process can result in the colony not being destroyed. The termite queen can lay up to 40,000 eggs per day and can live up to 50 years! So if you do not kill the whole colony, it won’t be long before they return to your home.
Termite Control Methods
We use many different ways to eradicate termite colonies in and around existing buildings, ensuring we comply with Australian Standards 3660.2. First and foremost, termite treatment must be done before any barrier system is used. For example, chemical treatment to your sub-floor or perimeter of the building is not allowed till the colony is eradicated. (Related: How to get rid of termites)
Every completed job (also known as white ant treatment) is issued with a Certificate of Termite treatment. This is to prove your home or commercial property has undergone Australian standards compliant protection and treatments.
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Our experts recommend liquid termite treatment as the fastest way to rid the property of the termites. In addition, termite baiting is used as part of our termite treatment process to manage residual termites and provide ongoing protection against future attacks. (Read: Efficient termite control methods)
Termite bait systems consist of several plastic stakes which have to be inserted in the ground at the various points around the house. Each one of the stakes contains growth inhibitors for termites which will eventually lead them to death. This method is a bit slow, making it unsuitable for houses that have been seriously congested by termites and need immediate treatment. Nevertheless, it is a perfect option for termite control.
Termite Control Methods
Getting rid of termites is perhaps one of the most difficult extermination process professionals undertake. Unlike other methods of pest control, termite treatment does not rely on a single formula. The only way to get the most effective treatment for termites on your property is to hire termite exterminators to inspect your place.
As termite treatment depends on various factors, trust experienced exterminators to provide one specifically for your needs. It is necessary to understand that what works for your neighbours might not apply to you and vice versa.
How To Treat Termites
In Sydney, it is not surprising to come across homes with construction flaws. This goes for both existing dwellings and newly built residences. If this is the case for your property, note that a treated zone cannot use termiticides that require soil application.
These flaws in construction can lead to a break in the physical barrier, resulting in an untreated joint between two slabs of concrete. When this happens, that area is left unprotected, even if the treatment is thoroughly applied around the entire perimeter. Termites will manage to burrow as they are exceptional at finding holes and cracks in your termite defence.
Did you know that the type of soil your house is built on is also contributing to termite treatment formulation? Ideally, the soil should be loam, sandy in texture and without rocks. This allows for an adequate and even distribution of liquid termiticide. The treatment will not offer the same effect for people with homes standing on rock or clay soil. The application will be lacking in smoothness, increasing the chances for gaps in the treatment.
Consult with the Professionals
To conclude, termite treatment is not a “one size fits all” solution. Sometimes, there are different types of treatment available for your home. You need to choose the right one for your situation that suits your budget and priorities.
As soon as you notice signs of termites occupying wooden parts around your home, call Masters Pest Control Sydney immediately. As a top exterminator, we strive to reduce and prevent termite damage across homes in the city.
What you need to know
Termite barrier systems are designed to help get rid of termites in your home. These are very effective in blocking off entry points in and around your property. It will also give you control over overactive termite colonies. Given advances in technology, termite barriers now come in a wide variety of forms. Typically, they are classified into two categories physical and chemical.
The installation of termite barriers largely depends on the material and layout of your property. Some can be placed during the pre-construction stage, while others are better used in the post-construction phase. If you are in the process of new home construction, consult with a termite expert such as Masters Pest Control Sydney to know your options.
Physical Termite Barriers
A physical termite barrier is made to keep termites from accessing specific areas of the home. Termites have been proven to slip through cracks that are as small as 1/32 inch. With a physical termite barrier, you will be able to detect their movements easily. The most widely recognized forms include sand and basaltic particle barriers. Barriers made of stainless steel mesh are gaining popularity too.
Chemical Termite Barriers
On the other hand, a chemical termite barrier offers a preventive measure against these wood-eating insects. With proper application, this type of barrier can repel and kill any termites that contact the chemicals. For some, the effect is slow and contagious. This means that a termite won't die right away but will return to the nest and spread the deadly substance to the rest of the colony. Chemical termite barriers include soil treatments and plastic barriers that are treated with termiticide.
How to Check for Termites
Evidence of termite activity can be anything from cracks in the foundation and other structural irregularities in the building. Chances are, termites have been taking advantage of them as they go in and out of these entry points. If you knock on the wooden areas of your home and hear a hollow sound, it is a sign that an entire colony has already taken claim of that part of your property. Mud tubes appearing on the side of walls are a dead giveaway of an ongoing termite infestation as well.
An infestation can go undetected for so long to the average person, even if it has already reached a serious level. To gain more knowledge on the telltale signs of termite activity, reach out to a local termite exterminator near you. Ask Masters Pest Control Sydney for the best termite barrier options as soon as possible.
Residential and commercial properties
Recent industry surveys point out that about one-third of unprotected buildings are susceptible to being attacked by subterranean termites or white ants, as they are also referred to. Next to your prized property, a professional termite inspection could be the best investment you will ever make.
If you plan to move to a place with an older structure, a termite inspection is necessary. In fact, this should be done before purchasing so you are sure about what you are getting into. If you're purchasing a new home or apartment, calling on professionals to survey the area will give you peace of mind. Even if you've maintained your property regularly, you never really know.
In Sydney, it is common knowledge that termites eat their way out of the wood they are nesting in. Inside homes, termites find their way into timbers in the roof area. Mud tubes tunnels subterranean termites build as a pathway to connect them from their nest to their food sources can be found along walls and baseboards
Termites are also known to take up space in the subfloor area of kitchens and bathrooms. These are the places that provide the moist environment in which some species of termites need to live. On the other hand, other types of termites prefer to inhabit rotting logs or decaying pockets in trees.
With today's modern infrared cameras, a termite infestation can be detected in such a way that it does not cause damage to your home. An invasive approach should be your last resort, and only when you are convinced that the infestation has reached a serious level.
Normally, home insurance does not cover damage brought about by termite infestations. Why is this? Most insurance companies view termite damage as an avoidable issue that has to do with property maintenance. Hence, homeowners are deemed fully responsible for ensuring that termites are kept away from their homes as much as possible. Indeed, termite prevention is the best plan of action. (Read: How much does professional termite control in Sydney cost?)
To do this, you must schedule an inspection at least once every year. To be safe, schedule it during winter or, if you can, twice a year in different seasons. When the temperatures go down, termites do the same. They move deeper underground to seek warmth for survival purposes.
At any point that you start suspecting termite activity in and around your home, do not hesitate to reach out to us to schedule an appointment. Hire Masters Pest Control Sydney for termite control, termite prevention, and termite inspection.
If you have recently moved into a new house or if you have old furniture in your house, the possibility is your home is already infested with termites.
Termites are prevalent household insects but can be quite problematic at times. They are called serious pests, and the termite treatment should better be left to professionals. But the most common question asked by many homeowners is;
Indications of a termite infestation
If you observe the winged termites around your house or inside, this is a clear indication of termite infestation. Most people confuse ants with winged termites as they too are swarm during the same season. However, termites are easily distinguishable with the help of their uniform waist, straight antennae, and equally sized wings.
Termites are easy to be found near the light source as they get attracted to it. They may also be found near doors and windows. However, if the termites are seen to be emerging from woodpiles, tree stumps or similar locations in the yard, this does not necessarily mean that the house is actually infested.
On the other hand, if you can see these termites emerging from the foundation wall base or adjoining patios or porches, then the chances are your house is clearly infected with termites, and you need the help of reputed professionals to treat termites by Australian standards compliant protection.
(Read more about how to inspect your homes for termite infestation.)
What is so problematic about Termites
Termites cause millions of dollars in damage every year. They mostly get their food from wood but can also be quite damaging for the books, paper, insulation, even filter systems and swimming pool liners. Termites can easily injure shrubs and living trees, but they usually invade woody plants.
Termite can invade any space, including large office buildings or homes, quite easily, and when it comes to buying or selling a house, termite infestation is a normal point of the subject. Not to mention termites quietly feast on your largest investment, i.e. your property.
Triggers for termite production
There is no specific season associated with termite production. However, generally, the production of termites is observed more during the spring season. In this season, many winged termites, also called ”˜swarmers' can be found inside the home and near wood furniture.
They easily disperse and start producing colonies. Termites are most triggered by rainfall and warmer temperatures, whereas winged termites can easily fly around space too. However, the best and easiest way to remove a small amount of termite infestation or to treat termites is to remove them using a termite spray.
Termite pest control professionals
If you reside in Sydney, then termite treatment is essential. The majority of homes in Sydney are usually affected by the nasty wood borers. Hence if you have even the slightest idea that your house may be under attack by termites, you must take immediate and adequate measures before it gets too late.
A termite infestation in a house for a long time and without any treatment is simply a threat to your house structure. A large amount of infestation can easily destroy the entire structure of your house if not treated in time.
And since most of the houses in Sydney are built with wood beams, foundations, framing and similar other areas, you must avail the regular inspection of your house and continue with the yearly follow-ups. This will help in avoiding the risk and keeping your space absolutely termite-free.
Also, the earlier you get rid of these creatures, the more you can save in terms of extermination services! Read our tips on preventing termite infestation.
Termite Treatment Plans
When it comes to termite infestations, you need to recognize the signs. If you can catch a termite infestation early on, you will be able to deal with the problem much better. When it comes to termite control, there are two major methods that you can use. These include:
- Using liquid termite insecticides for soil treatment
- Using termite baits to locate the colony and destroying it
We recommend that you hire a professional for termite treatments. Not only will you ensure your safety, hiring professionals to remove termites will have lasting effects. However, many people still opt to do DIY termite treatments at home. Let's look at your options.
This is one of the most common DIY termite treatment plans, and it is used with barrier termite treatments, which help prevent termites from entering your home. The treatment is designed to block the entry of termites into your home since it eradicates moisture from the soil, which termites need to survive. The liquid termite plan offers you fast results, which is why it is popular as a treatment.
Most homeowners should know that it does have some drawbacks as well.
This DIY termite treatment plan may require drilling so that you can get to the termites easily and set up a termite barrier. However, things get tricky because setting up an effective termite barrier is not something that you will easily accomplish.
However, you can spray termite insecticide around your home or from the path that termites are entering your home. This will help you get rid of termites for the time being, but it won't eradicate the problem because the termites will find a way around it. This is why most professionals don't prefer relying on termite control chemicals since shortcomings are surrounding them.
The second DIY termite treatment that you can use is setting up a baiting system for termites. There are many termite baits available in the market, and it is easier to set up. You don't need to inject chemicals into the soil since the termite bait can be planted straight into the ground outside your home. The termites will find it, feed on the bait, and die in the process. (SEE: Termite Barrier)
The past 20 years have seen the development of Termidor to become the top choice when it comes to termite control products. Recent years have witnessed the growing popularity of termite control services. This is partly because climate change has created ideal conditions for termites to thrive. To put it simply, high temperature with high humidity paves the way for massive bushfires and flooding. This motivates pests and insects, including termites, to move into homes.
Years ago, pest control companies would use chemicals to keep termites away from houses and commercial structures. These chemicals often contain substances that disturb the signals left by pests on their trails and nests to communicate with one another. Another effect is that pests sense the chemical and then stay away on their own. This proves to be a great choice to get rid of pests and for pre-construction prevention.
Yet, there are many obstacles to creating such a barrier. One scenario is that termites may make their way in between walls. Because the location is hidden, it is tough to detect and kill the pests. Termites can tunnel through soft surfaces like soil. This explains why the chemical liquid termite treatments have failed to solve termite problems all the time. Then, a great invention got in and changed the entire termite control market. Many companies presented their non-repellent pesticides. On April 1, 2000, Aventis launched Termidor, which has proved to be one of the best solutions to termite control over the past 20 years.
Pest control spray with a unique advantage
Termidor is a spray that is devised to deal with termite species that thrive in Sydney's climate. Most termiticides in the market keep termites away rather than killing them. However, since the termites are repelled when they contact a surface, such as wood, the effect is less strong. As Termidor is non-repellent, termites are not able to detect it. Termidor, like most pesticides, is toxic to termites when they absorb it willingly as they do not know it’s there. Once a termite touches Termidor, they take it back to their colony. Every other termite it contacts will itself become a carrier to infect others. Experts call this “The Transfer Effect”.
The “Transfer Effect” makes Termidor a powerful pest spray. Because termites live in colonies and transfer food back to their colonies, they will carry Termidor along, harming even the termites with no direct access to the spray. Termidor’s efficacy has been proven not only in Australia but in other countries as well. Since its launch, it has been used in millions of homes struggling with termite problems.