Northern Beaches white ant and termite inspections.
What are termites (or white ants as they are also known)?
Termites are an ancient order of insects whose origins date back more than 100 million years. Although they are commonly called ‘white ants’, the resemblance to ants is superficial and they are more closely related to cockroaches. They are one of the most successful groups of insects, colonising most landmasses except for Antarctica. Their colonies range in size from a few hundred individuals to enormous societies with several million individuals.
Termites are social insects, working and living together in colonies. Each colony contains several types’ castes which differ in body shape and behaviour, and each caste is specialised to perform different tasks. Three principal castes are recognised: workers, soldiers and reproductives (the primary king and queen and sometimes supplementary reproductives).
Termites can be grouped into three basic categories: dampwood, drywood and subterranean.
Subterranean termites are the main termite group that poses the greatest threat to homes, building and timber in service in Australia they are ground-dwelling and require contact with the soil or some constant source of moisture.
The 3 main species of subterranean termites responsible for the majority of the damage to Sydney homes are Coptotermesacinaciformis closely followed by Schedorhinotermes andthe less damagingNasutitermes.Termite attack is often unwittingly encouraged by human intervention in providing termites with moist conditions ideal for their establishment and development
Subterranean termites build their passages underground commonly in the top 200 mm of soil from these passages they attack timber in the ground or construct earthen tubes up various surfaces until they reach a food source. Theses passages can extend under areas such as roadways,paths and concreate slabs. Once in contact with their food source they begin to excavate the wood.
Many termite species build their colonies below the surface of the ground generally under tree stumps and roots of trees.
White ant and termite treatment options
At Clean and Green Pest Management, we do not push one particular method or product when it comes to termite eradication. We access each property individually and, taking into account any preferences you may have, we then make a recommendation on the best termite treatment option for you and your situation. These may include one or several of the following termite treatment options:
Baiting : Above-ground termite bait stations will be attached on or adjacent to termite workings within the building which has been identified during the termite inspection and a insect growth regulator is added this usually the most effective option for colony eradication but can take some time to achieve the result.
Dustings : A dust is introduced into termite galleries and workings which make it possible for the termites themselves to spread the contaminant through the colony by grooming each other and cannibalism
Foams : Can be applied into damaged timber were termites are active.
Liquid insecticides : Where a colony is found or suspected in a tree, a short residual insecticide can be injected into the tree after it has been drilled this is a very effective option for colony elimination and should always be used when there are suspect trees on the property.
Termite control and management options
External in-ground monitoring stations will be installed to perimeter of the nominated structure. These stations contain wood that is attractive to termites once they start feeding a insect growth regulator is then added. The stations are placed at an average of 3 meter intervals but will not normal exceed 5 meter intervals , at an optimum distance of no more than 1 . 5 meters from the drip line of the nominated structure and will be inspected every 4 weeks when the system is active and every 8 weeks when it is not active..This is generally sold as a 12 month program that can be renewed at the end of this period.
Chemical (Post construction)
A termiticide such as Termidor is applied as a continuous chemical soil zone around the external walls, footings and sub floor areas of a building.
The termiticide is applied either by creating a trench or by injecting it into the ground. Because termites often use footpaths and patios to gain entry into a building, the termiticide can also be injected through these.
Termidor is non-repellent to termites. This means that they cannot see or smell the product and therefore will not avoid the treated area. As a result, the termites continue to randomly forage through the soil until they encounter Termidor. Once this happens and they get a lethal dose…
How often should I have a termite inspection?
Our experienced and qualified pest inspectors have many years of experience in termite eradication, control and management. All of our inspectors are fully qualified and insured. Our insurance covers us for Public Indemnity and Professional Indemnity which gives you complete peace of mind.
A termite inspection is recommended at least annually by the Australian Standard AS3660 even if you have a termite protection system in place. We also recommend all homeowners have a full termite inspection completed on their home and property once every 12 months.This way, if termites have gained entry to your home, they will be found and eradicated before too much damage occurs to the structure.
Even if termite protection systems are in place, these make it easier to detect termites but won’t stop them from attacking your building. Your existing termite protection system may also be compromised which you need to be aware of.
If your home has history termite damage and activity and your house is in a high termite pressure area , it would be advisable to have more regular inspections completed, such as 3-6 monthly especially if you have not installed a termiticide treated soil zone around your home or have termite monitoring stations around the perimeter of the home.
Our termite inspection process
1. We use the latest equipment including:
- Sounding – a specialist technique to test the integrity of wood
- Listening Equipment – detects termite movement
- Moisture Meters – detects elevated moisture in wood which may indicate the presence of termites
- Borescope – an invasive technique that can take pictures of active termites in timber
2. Our comprehensive report gives you essential information on:
- Current termite activity
- Evidence of previous termite camage
- The conditions around your property that are conducive to termite attack
- Evidence of a current termite protection system
- Advice on how to minimise the likelihood of termite attack
- How often you should have a termite inspection
- The various options regarding an effective Termite Protection Program
Property pest inspections and termite eradication Northern Beaches
If you have any questions about removing termites and white ants from your home or business premises, contact the team at Clean and Green Pest Management for obligation free advice. We are your local Northern Beaches pest inspectors specialising in both traditional and the green pest control methods that are safe for your family and pets. Our licensed termite controllers can advise you on the safest and most sustainable ways to control and eradicate termites from your property.
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