Termite Control Sunshine Coast
Statistically one in three properties will be attacked by termites and living in Queensland termites thrive in our tropical weather conditions. Termites are aggressive feeders and multiply rapidly. They feed on timber; stumps in your yard, studs in your walls, trusses in your roof, skirtings, doors frames, window sills, the list is endless. We offer comprehensive termite control services;
- preventative termite treatments
- termite inspections
- treating active termites
- chemical treatment zone installations
- baiting and monitoring systems
We use the latest technology available ~ The Termatrac T3i to complement our visual inspection, this is a mutli-function device with;
- Motion Detection Radar ~ using an ultrasonic radar this can accurately detect termites through most building materials
- Moisture Sensor ~ accurately records the concentrated presence of moisture indentifying high risk areas
- Thermal Sensor ~ accurately detects the heat generated by termites within building structures
We use state of the art technology ~ The FLIR Thermal Imaging Camera, also referred to as an infrared camera. Thermal imaging shows what the human eye cannot see. Thermal imaging works by detecting the heat generated by the foraging termites. Below are thermal images showing termite activities in various areas of the home.
If we suspect termite activity when carrying out a termite inspection our technician will scan the area with our thermal camera to diagnose the termite activity in a non-destructive / non-invasive manner to assist us in ensuring we deliver optimum service and results.
We carry out pest inspections; also referred to as termite inspections. The pest inspection is a thorough visual inspection of the residential or commercial structure to determine whether there are active termites on site or if there are termite workings or damage which would indicate that there has previously been termites. If there is no termite management system installed or if the current system is deemed to be inadequate our Termite Manager will recommend and advise on the best suited termite management system. All the above will be documented in an electronic report with pictures supporting the findings. The pest inspection report will also include any conditions in and around the property that are conducive to termite attack as well as recommendations to reduce termite pressure on the building. The termite inspection report will advise how frequently the termite inspections should be carried out; generally this would be annually, however certain factors like construction design, surrounding environmental pressures and conducive conditions can influence the need for more regular inspections. Our termite inspections are carried out in accordance with Australian Standards AS3660.2. If required the inspections are complemented with state of the art technology; a Thermal Imaging Camera; also known as an Infrared Camera or a Termatrac T3i.
Regular termite inspections is a necessity in protecting timbers from termite attack! The Australian subterranean termites, also known as white ants are the most destructive termites in the world. Termites attack your home when a nest matures near you. No property is safe from termites, your home provides the termites with a food source and natural shelter. Concrete slabs are not full-proof as termites can gain access through cracks in the slab or the termites build mud tunnels to gain access to above ground timbers. Termites remain hidden in timbers which make them very difficult to notice; they excavate the timber and can cause extensive damage before you realise they are there. Termites are rife in Queensland and statistically one in three buildings are at risk of termite attack.
Below is a listing of a few maintenance tips/advice to help protect your home against termites;
- ensure the edge of your concrete slab is always exposed and not covered by soil or vegetation or pathways so as not to allow for concealed entry by termites
- ensure all overflow pipes from hot water services and aircon units are directed into drains
- ensure any leaks and poor drainage is repaired
- remove or re-arrange unnecessary debris/materials against buildings or fences and any stored timber in direct contact with soil
- improve poor ventilation
Termite Management Systems
We can recommend the best suited termite management system when advising our customers on how to protect their home from termite attack. The termite management systems effectively reduces the possibility of access of termites to the building and eliminates termite colonies. The systems work in different ways and are recommended based on construction design and termite pressure on the building.
A Termidor Treatment Zone (Chemical Barrier) works by way of the ‘transfer effect’. When a termite crosses a treated zone (chemical barrier) it comes into contact with Termidor, when the termite returns to the nest it transfers the Termidor to the colony through feeding and grooming. Any termite that comes into contact with Termidor will die. Termidor is one of the termiticides we recommend and use when carrying out termite treatments. Termidor is fipronil based and manufactured by BASF. As termites are very social, Termidor is transferred between the termites / white ants getting rid of the colony. We are very comfortable in recommending Termidor as we believe it offers an excellent termite protection for your home against termite attack and termite damage.
The Exterra Interception & Baiting System works by installing monitoring stations around the building at 3 meter intervals creating a complete termite interception zone. Each station contains timbers and focus attracting nearby foraging termites, the stations are monitored regularly and if we find termites in the stations we then replace the timbers with Requiem bait. The termites find the Requiem bait extremely palatable and this is taken back to the nest and fed throughout the colony. The Requiem bait contains a chitin inhibitor; termites require chitin to harden their exoskeleton when they moult – without the exoskeleton the termites die. Once we find no more termites feeding in the station we can declare colony elimination and we remove the bait from the stations and replace it with the timbers and continue the monitoring of the stations. The Exterra Interception & Baiting System works works two ways as a monitoring & interception system and as a baiting system. The active ingredient for the Exterra System is Chlorfluazuron; this has extensively been proven to be an environmentally safe product. The Exterra system safely eliminates termites. As Exterra is environmentally friendly they have partnered with Australian Wildlife Conservancy.