How to know if you have termites?
- You may be able to see the mud tubes that termites build in houses foundations, roof timbers, cornices, skirting boards and the sub-floor area.
- The floor of your home may feel soft to walk on or even be bulging.
- Sometimes you can hear certain species of termites making a noise at night.
What harm can Termites do?
Termites vary in colour, shape and size. Some species are more dangerous in your home than others. Termites live in colonies and are found throughout the whole of Victoria.
If infestations in your home are not treated, termites can cause extensive damage to the timbers. The repair costs for this damage are not covered by most insurance companies.
What to do if you think you have termites.
- Do not disturb the termites as any future treatment will prove less effective.
- RING APM PestPlus on 0399 985762 or click here to contact us.
Termite Inspections, Reports and Quotations
Our highly qualified inspector will do a comprehensive inspection of your home.
A detailed written report will be provided. This report will include:
- Any current termite activity.
- Whether there has been any previous termite activity.
- Any areas on your property that would encourage termite activity.
- Advice on how to reduce the possibility of a termite attack.
- How regularly you will need to have termite inspections done.
- Different alternatives for termite protection programs.
Regular 12monthly inspections would detect termite infestations before the termites have caused extensive damage and can prevent further problems.
Types of Pest Control
It is imperative that you consider having a termite barrier installed before you build. Termites can even be founds under a concrete slab.
There are 3 types of Barriers available:
- Chemical Barrier
A liquid chemical can be applied to the soil. The chemical can be either under the concrete slab or around the perimeter of the property. This is not a permanent solution. We would recommend that the property be inspected every 12 months. The chemicals would need to be topped up at least every 5 – 10 years.
- Physical Barriers
Home Guard Collars or Home Guard Blue sheets are a permanent means of preventing termite infestations. They are both cost effective and comply with all requirements of the Australian Standard AS3660.
- Reticulation Barriers
Polypropolyne pipes are installed under the concrete slab or around the perimeter of a property. Every 2-4 years the chemical must be topped up to provide ongoing protection.
B) Post Construction
- Chemical Barriers
The liquid chemical applied to the soil would form a barrier between the concrete slab and soil. It can only be applied around the perimeter of the property and would need re-treating every 5-10 years.
- Monitoring and Baiting
Above or in ground bait stations would be installed and regularly monitored.
- Regular Termite Inspections
Australian Standards recommend that termite inspections are done at least once a year and more frequently in high risk situations.
- Reticulation Barriers
The reticulation system would be applied around the perimeter of the property and would need to be topped up with chemicals every 3-5 years.
- Remove dead trees and stumps from your property.
- Keep bushy or climbing plants away
- When building retaining walls or garden beds use termite treated timbers.
- Try to ensure good ventilation under your home. Warm, humid sub-floor areas attract sub-terranean termites.
- Try to ensure that no excess moisture from leaking pipes or taps gathers under the sub-floor of your home.
- If you extend your home and do not change your termite protection accordingly your home could be vulnerable to termite infestations.
- Do not store timbers under or against your home.