Termite Inspections

Inspections

Termite Inspections

Fact 1

The total weight of all the termites in the world is greater than the weight of all the humans in the world!

Fact 2

Termites colonies are non-stop eaters. They eat 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Fact 3

It is only the worker termites that directly eat the timber, they in turn feed the queen, king & soldiers. Without the workers the rest of the colony would starve.
Should I Have My Home Checked For Termites?

It is very important that you have your home inspected at least annually for termites, especially here on the Sunshine Coast where the climate is warm and with a high annual rainfall which creates the perfect conditions for termites to thrive.

Early detection and treatment of a destructive termite colony will prevent more extensive damage to your property and could save you a large financial headache.

You insure your car and home contents, therefore with your home probably being the largest financial asset you have it makes sense to have it frequently assessed for termites. This is essential as general house insurance will not cover termite damage.

 

An inspection comprises of a non-invasive visual inspection to reasonably accessible areas for evidence of timber pests and the damage they may have caused.

The inspection will also report on any conducive conditions that come to light so we can further reduce the risk of termite attack. Good entry to the roof void of your home with enough room to move around safely is an important part of a thorough inspection. A sounding tool, moisture metre and a solid understanding of termite ecology and habitats are just some of the tools used to carry out a thorough inspection of your property.
If we suspect there are live termites, possibly due to unexplained high moisture readings and hollow sounding timbers, a more invasive inspection and the use of specialised equipment may be necessary to determine the extent of the infestation. If live termites are found we will treat them to eradicate the colony, after which we can recommend and implement a suitable management plan to manage risk and defend your property against further termite attack.
What you should know about termites.

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There are more than 300 species of termites in Australia but only a small percentage of these are of concern to us. In fact most pose no threat to property but are of great benefit to ecosystems by recycling decomposing organic matter back into the environment. The majority of termites feed on grass and debris and do not damage sound wood.

The Sunshine Coast provides the perfect warm and wet climate in which termites thrive and there are many species here that unfortunately do pose a risk to our timber properties.

The majority of termites we tend to see come under a large group known as subterranean termites but there are a few other groups that also pose a threat.

These subterranean termites eat cellulose, starches and sugars that they obtain from wood and build ‘mud-tubes’ to travel between their nest and food source or when they are foraging.
You may have sometimes heard of termites incorrectly being referred to as ‘white ants’. Apart from both being insects and living in colonies, termites are unrelated to ants and are in fact more closely related to cockroaches and praying mantises.

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Termite Inspection

Carry out a non-invasive visual inspection of all reasonably accessible areas. Identify evidence of timber pests and damage caused by timber pests as well as any conducive conditions.

Termite Management

If live termites are found, carry out a stage 1 treatment to eradicate the live termite colony from the property. Once this is complete and no further evidence of live termites are found a 2nd stage treatment can be carried out in the form of a termite management system such as a chemical barrier or a below ground baiting system to the perimeter of the property.

Results

Managed risk of further termite infestation from either:

A chemical barrier which will deter concealed access of termites to your building. The treated zone will contaminate those termites that come into contact with it who then pass it back to the colony with lethal effect or it will force them to expose their shelter tubes above ground which will be picked up by frequent inspections.

A below ground baiting system which entices foraging termites to feed on cellulose containing materials within the station before they get to your house. With regular monitoring any stations with evidence of live termites will have a bait matrix introduced containing an insect growth regulator. The termites will eat the bait and take it back to their nest where the active ingredient works by slowly killing off the colony so that the termites don’t suspect the source of the toxin.

Termite Inspections

Carry out a non-invasive visual inspection of all reasonably accessible areas.

Identify evidence of timber pests and damage caused by timber pests as well as any conducive conditions.

Offering Termite Management Services

If live termites are found, carry out a stage 1 treatment to eradicate the live termite colony from the property.