TERMITE TREATMENTS GOLD COAST
According to the CSIRO, 1 in 4 homes will at some time be affected by termites or white ants as they are commonly known.
The Australian Standard (AS 3660) recommends that homeowners have termite inspections carried out by a licensed pest professional at least every 12 months.
We use the latest equipment and methods to detect and treat termites for homeowners and business owners on the Gold Coast.
How do you treat termites?
Following a termite inspection and report, your technician will recommend a termite treatment solution to suit your situation. This is dependent upon how the termites entered the structure, known as a Stage 1 Treatment that can involve the use of baiting, foaming or dusting treatment methods.
Once the termites have been removed from the structure, we will recommend installing a termite chemical zone or termite baiting system around the perimeter of the building, also known as a termite barrier. Safehouse is an accredited installer of the Termidor HE baiting system.
Protecting Your Home
Different termite species nest in trees and tree stumps and sometimes stored timber on a property. Termite workers make subterranean tunnels into the timber structure of a building. Most termite attacks originate from these remote nests outside.
Your timber pest technician will apply a chemical and physical barrier to isolate the building from termites, particularly if the nest cannot be located.
Types of Chemical Barriers
A chemical barrier can be installed in the soil surrounding a building or under the concrete slab to prevent termites from re-entering the structure. These barriers must be renewed, replenished at certain time intervals to maintain the effectiveness of the chemicals.
Chemical Barriers Overview
Barrier chemicals are applied in the form of ‘aqueous emulsions’ (oil suspended in water) to a trench that is dug in the soil surrounding the building. As the soil is replaced in the trenches, the emulsion is applied so that the chemical is distributed evenly throughout the soil forming a complete barrier. Termites will not pass through the soil while the chemical remains active at the right concentration level.
Holes may also be drilled at specific positions on concrete paths, tiles or pavers around the outside of the home, to allow access to the soil beneath and application of the chemical barrier. The chemical is injected into the soil both downwards and sideways, forming a chemical barrier beneath the concrete, tiled coverings.
Pre-treatment of soil beneath concrete slabs is usually required at the beginning of construction of a new building. A second treatment to the soil around the slab is done at full completion of the construction process to ensure that the chemical barrier is not disturbed.
A reticulation system can also be chosen to be used as a chemical barrier using perforated PVC pipes that are installed under and around a slab at construction of the building.
Insecticide, to form a barrier, is injected at an entry point and the pipes deliver it evenly into the soil beneath and around the slab. Re-treatment is done later to renew the chemical without disturbing the soil or areas around the building.
Termite Control FAQ
Can I treat my home for termites myself?
If you know what you are doing then some people choose to treat termites at home themselves. We always recommend dealing with an experienced, licenced termite specialist that guarantees their work and backs it up with a warranty.
Care needs to be taken when handling any chemicals to protect both yourself and your property. If your treatment is not effective and not installed correctly then you could be leaving your house exposed to further termite damage or termites gaining access gaining undetected access to your property.
Contact us today for professional advice on which termite management systems are best for you.
How can I prevent termites?
We recommend that where possible you avoid wet areas or garden beds that are attached to the house creating damp areas that are more likely to attract termites.
The reality is, termites are very active on the Gold coast and throughout South East Qld. To prevent them moving in and feeding on your home we can use highly efficient termite treatments that eradicate and deter termites. We can install effective chemical treatments that allow the termites to come into contact with the chemicals and then take it back to their nest before they die to help eradicate the termite colony.
How much does a termite barrier cost?
Most termite barriers cost between $2000 - $3000 to install. To provide an accurate termite barrier quote we arrange an onsite inspection where we can view the property and make an assessment on the best termite control solution we would recommend to project your home.
What should I do if I think I have termites in my home?
If you notice any damage that you suspect is caused by termites or find any white ants on your property if is best to call us to arrange a thorough termite inspection.
It is important not to disturb the termites if possible. Spraying them with common household pest control treatments will likely be ineffective and could cause them to move to other areas of your home making it more difficult to assess the situation.
Our termite control specialists are qualified timber technicians. They will use the latest equipment to complete an interior and external termite inspection to identify any current termite activity or damage.
Book a Termite Treatment
If you’re concerned about termites at your home or business, the team at SafeHouse Pest Control today to arrange an inspection and free quote.