Last Updated Sep 14, 2018 · Written by Craig Gibson
Termite prevention and control shouldn't be taken lightly, especially if your home or premises has significant timber elements.
And it shouldn't just be visible evidence of termites you should be worried about - they can exist while remaining well hidden. Left unchecked they can do a tremendous amount of damage in a short time. If you suspect termites are active around your home, you need to take steps to have them permanently removed. The best and safest way to get rid of pests is to hire a professional termite control service. They have the expertise, training and equipment to carry out this sort of work.
So, how much is it going to cost?
Termites gain access to your home via cracks in concrete slabs, through cavity walls, or by using plumbing and electrical conduits. They can also enter through the soil. If your home has a chemical barrier around it through the soil to deter termites, the soil will need to be re-treated every five to ten years. As mentioned termites can quietly go about their business without you knowing they are on your property - so what signs do you need to keep a beady eye out for?
Prevention is obviously better than cure so look to follow these simple steps to reduce the likelihood of termites setting up home on your property:
If you live in a high-risk termite area, your home is likely to require termite protection and treatment, including regular termite inspections, monitoring and baiting. If you are building in a termite zone you should also consider adding a pre-construction barrier to your timber-framed home. Having a regular termite inspection and report puts your mind at rest, and could alert you to termite activity before it becomes serious. It will also give you an idea of the extent of an infestation. Termite reports have been standardised to ensure all termite control experts adhere to AS:3660 Termite Control in Buildings regulations.
Any termite report must include:
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Once a termite inspection has been carried out, termite control experts can recommend a best course of action to remove existing termites and prevent future infestation. Usually, some form of chemical treatment will be recommended. Termites treatments include temporary chemical applications, baits, traps as well as structural and physical barriers. If there is visible evidence of termites, an initial termite baiting program might be advisable. In many cases, this will be all it takes to eradicate an entire colony of termites. If you begin with termite baiting, you may be in danger of further infestation. Termites can have a network of tunnels they travel through to reach a central nest up to 100 metres from their food sources. Soil treatment with special termiticides can have a long term effect and keep termites away from your premises indefinitely.
Some other techniques termite control experts use include:
Learn more: Termite Removal for Suburban Australian Homes
Ultimately the extent of your termite problem and the control technique required to solve it will impact the price you pay.
Before you hire a local pest control expert, be sure to check what they include as part of their service.
Be as thorough as possible in describing the type or types of pests you have and the extent of the problem. If there are access problems, mention those, too. This way you will get more accurate initial quotes. If you’re hiring a termite control service ensure their treatment plan is compliant with Australian Standard AS 3660. Be sure to check if the work comes with a warranty. Most reputable services will offer a money-back guarantee. Also check that your pest control service is qualified and licensed to work in your home.