Termites can cause extensive damage to the structure of a building and go for years undetected without a monitoring and inspection regime. Over 100,000 homes suffer from termite attack each year in Australia. They can significantly devalue your property and cause large costs in repairs to any building containing timber.
At Rentokil, our termite treatment plans are tailored specifically for your particular needs. Spotting termites is difficult to the untrained eye, until the damage is considerable and expensive. Our timber pest specialists are highly qualified, experienced and trained in identifying evidence of termite activity and provide recommendations and treatment options to reduce the risk of termite attack as well as ventilation, dampness, wood decay and fungi issues that create termite conducive environments.
The Australian Standards 3660.2 recommends a termite inspection carried out by a fully qualified, trained and competent timber pest inspector at least on an annual basis (and in some cases more frequent) depending on your risk of termites. These are essential for early detection of termite activity.
Designed to scientifically eliminate subterranean termite colonies, termite baiting stations exploit termite biology and behaviour. Worker termites take and transfer the bait throughout the nest, eliminating termites at the source. Unobtrusive above-ground and in-ground bait stations provide continual protection without causing damage to your property.
Termite chemical barrier treatment involve liquid chemicals applied to the soil beneath flooring and/or around the perimeter of your property’s foundation. A long-lasting chemical barrier in the soil reduces the risk of concealed termites entering into the structure and pushes them out into the open so that a fully trained, qualified and competent timber pest inspector can detect them before they enter your property.
Used exclusively for drywood termites, termite fumigation involve preparing and tenting your property, filling the tent with fumigant and wiping out the infestation in one fell swoop.
A Rentokil physical termite barrier is installed as a layer placed underneath the slab of your property to prevent the risk of concealed termite entry areas and push them out into the open so that a timber pest inspector can detect them before they enter the property. Most suited for those building new homes or extensions, this treatment offers long-lasting protection without the continual use of chemical termiticides.
A termite reticulation system allows for the replenishment of the liquid chemical/termiticide to reinstate the chemical barrier around the foundations of a property by utilising a network of underground pipes. Enabling precise control of chemical application, this treatment is suited for high risk termite areas and new homes.
Termites can be classified in three main categories based on certain behavioural characteristics. Each category has unique habits that help us determine the best treatment methods. The three main categories are:
Subterranean termites are the most commonly encountered termites in Australia. They tunnel underground from the main colony in search of food. They have the ability to build mud shelter tubes to gain access to food sources above ground and utilise this technique to gain access into structures. Wood damaged by this category of termite develops hollow tunnels which run along the grain of wood.
Drywood termites are usually found in tropical regions that experience consistently high humidity. They typically enter structures near the roofline or other exposed wood to begin building a colony. Inspect your roof void for evidence of damaged wood. Look for tiny holes in the wood with evidence of frass collecting nearby. Probing the wood can also expose galleries as well.
Dampwood termites are generally not capable of damaging dry timber so are therefore not considered a significant timber pest of buildings. In nature, this termite is usually discovered in dead trees, decaying stumps, poles in contact with the ground and may occasionally be found in living trees.
Once you’ve booked in with us, see how you can best prepare for our service visit with the below list of prep steps to ensure effective elimination of termites - and keep them out.
All Rentokil technicians are highly qualified and trained to industry standards. Voted Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association (AEPMA) Pest Manager of the Year 2020, our local teams offer a wide range of global innovations and termite control solutions for the most effective outcome.
Your termite control costs will ultimately reflect the time and effort it will take to manage them in your home or business. The first step in determining the cost of termite control is fully understanding the problem. What category of termites are they - subterranean, drywood or dampwood? Do you require preventative termite treatment or do active termites need to be addressed? Which parts of the property are affected by termites?
To answer all the above questions, Rentokil will need to visit your property to inspect for termites. Following which, below factors will determine the most suitable termite treatment and its associated costs.
The three types of termite are subterranean (reside in the ground), drywood (nest inside the wood they’re infesting) and dampwood (infest damp and often decaying timber). They have very different habitat requirements and will infest properties in unique ways. Treatment will vary depending on which termite species is identified.
The square footage of your property and premises will have a direct impact on the type of termite treatment used and the number of follow-up treatments required.
If many termites are present, or they are largely established within your property, you may require more extensive treatment. Our treatment may also recommend other solutions such as engaging a plumber to reduce or rectify a drainage problem, or the installation of vents or the removal of scrap timbers found in a subfloor. All this forms part of our termite management solution.
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