The Australian Standards recommend a termite inspection at least every 12 months. Call our specialist technicians now to arrange a free inspection and quote. Don’t delay, ring Pest Control South Side today on 1300 767 770.
Our technicians are experienced in pre-purchase inspections, visual termite inspections, termite treatments, preventative treatments. We are more than happy to provide free expert advice to help you make an informed decision about what is the right course of action for your home. We at Pest Control South Side understand that your home is a lifetime of saving, and we are happy to advise you on how to protect your savings.
Termites (they are sometimes referred to as white ants), are a timber pest that can infest your home, fence, trees, shed and any timber in your area. If you think your steel frame home is safe, unfortunately it isn’t, every home has skirting boards, cupboards, and gyprock that termites will happily infest. If termites have leads (trails) on a steel frame for a significant amount of time, this can also cause the steel to rust due to the moisture inside their leads. If you identify one of these pests it is natural to look for more in your home or yard and try to find the source. Disturbing them, however, could make the situation much worse, and make treatment more complicated. This is where it is very important to call the experts at Pest Control Southside to help protect your house. We are professionals and know exactly how to find their entry points, commence treatment and advise you the best possible course of action going forward.
Termite Prevention & Treatment Brisbane
A perimeter Termite Management System (TMS) on your home is extremely important. Even if your home is only 6 months old, check your paperwork to see if it has a TMS around the perimeter of your home or structure. Termites can not only get in under slabs and sub floors, they can come from the come in from the external perimeter of your home. The most destructive of termite species are subterranean termites, which means they can get in anywhere that is in contact with the soil. Keeping debris, gardens, timbers and stored good away from the external perimeter of your home is very important. Any or all of these items up against the perimeter of your home/structure can provide concealed access for termites. This means that they can get in and do a lot of damage before you even realise that they are there. We often come across homes that have sub floors with either a lot of debris/stored timber inside in soil contact, or formwork timbers left in place from when the builders originally constructed your home. This is a big no no from a termite perspective. Sub floors are already a favourite entry point for termites as they often are very moist, and termites love moisture. Combine the moisture with a timber food source (the debris/stored or formwork timbers) in soil contact, and you have simply rolled out the welcome mat for them.
We often have customers who think that having ant capping on their home means that this is termite protection. Ant capping does not stop or deter termites from entering your home, however it does provide a visual so that you can see their mud trails when they are working their way in. If they have to go around the ant capping to enter the home/structure, you can then see the trail coming out and around it, thus earlier detection. It is commonly known that termites eat timber for the cellulose and nutrients they need to survive, however it is not so commonly know that termites will also eat paper, cardboard, gyprock, and they will tunnel through brick. They are quite ingenious creatures who are actually a member of the cockroach family of the order Blattodea. If you locate active termites, or if you are looking at options for a Termite Management System call the experts at South Side Pest Control on 1300 767 770 for obligation free advice or a booking now!
Some of the tell-tale signs that you may have termites include, hollow sounding/changes to the timber, the noise of insects moving about in walls, discolouration/peeling of paint, and of course seeing the termites themselves. If you suspect you may have termites, give Pest Control Southside a call immediately so we can help protect you before the problem gets worse on 1300 767 770.
I Have Termites In My Home! What Should I Do?
- Make sure you get professional advice from an experienced termite technician.
- Arrange remedial treatment as soon as possible if you have an infestation. The longer you leave them untreated the damage they can do. (However, a few days to make an informed and calm decision will benefit you, and not have a major impact on the damage).
- Minimise access for termites into your home and keep piles of debris/gardens/clutter away from the walls of your home will help with this.
- Keep pets and children away from termite infested areas. This is particularly important if any treatment has begun. (Ask us how best to handle this)
- Rooves and structural timbers, windows and doors, are important to fix after a treatment has been completed.
- Don’t assume all termite treatments are the same. Many options are available to you, and which one is best for your home/dwelling depends on your specific situation/house and vary in their odour, toxicity and effectiveness in conjunction with environmental conditions specific to your home/dwelling/area.
- Don’t attempt to treat them yourself, the treatment must reach the nest in the soil. Surface treatments and/or disturbances will only make them move away from that are, and they will come up somewhere else. You could end up making the situation worse.
- Don’t think that the problem will take care of itself. Termite infestations left unchecked can do large amounts of damage to your home, and the longer they are there, the more damage they will do.
Interesting Facts About Termites
- Termites live in a temperature controlled environment inside their leads (mud trails)
- Sometimes people think they can hear termites eating the timber inside their walls: this is actually hundreds/thousands of termites shaking their exoskeleton or banging their heads on the internal walls when they get excited or agitated to communicate.
- The Queen termite can live up to 30-50 years. They are thought to be one of the longest living insects.
- Termites don’t sleep – not ever!
- Colonies spend a great deal of time grooming each other to prevent disease.
- Ants will eat termites, but the termites usually outsmart them by locking them out of the exposed area.
- Termites are able to break down the cellulose in their belly because they have microorganisms inside their belly that help. The young termites are not born with the microorganisms in their belly, they eat the faeces of the older termites to equip themselves for digestion!
If you require help with your pesky insects or other pests, or perhaps a Termite Management System aimed at saving your home/dwelling from future infestations is what is required, click here to go back and fill out our super easy contact form at the top of the page. Or call now at 1300 767 770.
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