Signs of Termite Infestation
Unfortunately by the time you notice a Termite Infestation damage has already occurred! Most Termite infestations result from subterranean entry and therefore go unnoticed for significant periods of time. If you believe you may have termite activity or have noticed some of the signs above give Maximum Pest Management a call and we will organise a qualified, experienced Termite Technician to inspect your property.
The fact is the only way to detect the presence of Timber Pests (Termites are just one of many types of Timber destroying pests) before major damage is done is to have a Timber Pest Inspection carried out to the Australian Standard at least once per year. In Far North Qld, if the home does not have up-to-date protection installed, inspections 3-4 times a year is strongly recommended. There are two inspection Standards which outline the MINIMUM requirements for a competent Inspector to fulfil during an inspection.
- AS 3660.1-2000: This is a Visual Termite Inspection designed to detect the presence of subterranean Termites only.
- AS 4349.3-2010: (new standard) A full Visual Timber Pest Inspection is designed to detect the presence of not just subterranean termites but also borers of seasoned timbers & Wood rot/fungi.
The standards also dictate what areas must be inspected along with the appropriate tools and the methodology – this is to attempt to ensure a minimum standard requirement across the industry, unfortunately sometimes not even the minimum standard is upheld by some operators. Maximum Pest Managment use AS 4349.3 in all inspections, at no additional charge. This is something you should check with if you are shopping around. Termite Protection
Commonly referred to as ‘barriers’ in the industry, Termite Protection is the idea of ‘excluding’ termites from a structure in order to protect it, the same way that security screens, alarms & locks are designed to reduce the risk of intruders entering our homes. However, due to the subterranean nature of termites, building styles, construction and design flaws etc; total exclusion can never be promised, guaranteed or even in some circumstances possible. This is why insurers do not offer home owners ‘termite insurance’, the risk is too high.
It’s not all doom and gloom though! It is possible to give you peace of mind when it comes to termites. Using the latest technology coupled with up-to-date skills and training, Maximum Pest Management has protected many properties in the Tableland region. Our Termite Specialists will design a protection system using the method of protection BEST SUITED to the construction style, the structure itself, the area, the pressure (level of termite activity in close proximity) and the species of termites. Ideally, the location and destruction of termite nests and colonies around a structure is the best outcome, however because we can’t see termites and can only detect their presence when they enter structures, trees or other wood products above ground, this is not always possible or practical.
There are three main methods of managing subterranean termites.
- Chemical treated zone – This is where a termiticide (chemical designed to kill termites) is bonded with the soil abutting a structure in order to create a treated zone. Depending on the type of chemcial used and its mode of action, the termite comes in contact with the zone and dies. Reticulation systems can be installed under a slab and around a building during construction (or after construction for around the structure) which allows the ‘reinsallation’ of chemical after its efficacy has expired.
- Physical barriers – Using materials such as stainless steel mesh, chemically impregnated plastic type sheeting or finely graded granite (to name a few) a physical barrier is installed during construction of a home. The physical barrier is designed to prevent concealed entry but rather force the termites into the open at a certain point in the building in order for detection to occur. Once termite are detected, chemical control is necessary.
- Monitoring – With varying products on the market, the idea is to bury monitoring stations around the perimeter of the home (and sometimes in the home) with an attractant and bait in order to lure termites in to the station. Once termites are detected, chemical control is necessary.
At present most homes we are engaged to install protection in, we recommend the use of Termidor™. Termidor™ is a non-repllent chemical which is bonded with the soil around a home (chemical treated zone) or structure which allows the termites to actually foriage through the treated zone, delaying death until the active constituent (poison) is delivered back to the nest. This ingenious mode of action is known as the Transfer Effect™. Within 4-6 weeks of coming in contact with Termidor™, a colony can be well and truly on the way to be destroyed. Termidor™ lasts up to 8 years in the soil under perfect conditions making it a cost effective way of reducing the risk to the home.
Click here to watch a DVD by BASF, the makers of Termidor™, this video will give you an excellent understanding of the science behind protecting homes from Termites.
What do you do?
The most common mistake when home-owners find termite activity is they disturb the workings, usually in a panic. In most cases, termites will go back to ground if under threat, only to return in an area even less likely of being discovered. If you even suspect that you have termites, do not touch them, call Maximum Pest Management immediately. Successful eradication of the colony depends on it!