1. What do I do if I find Live Termites in my property?
If you find live termites in the property, DO NOT DISTURB THEM – Call 1300 552 234
- Do not disturb them
- Do not Spray them
- Just leave them
- If you have opened the damaged areas for eg – Door jamb, Skirting board or window sill, quickly grab some dark masking tape of any type and cover the opened areas ASAP. If you do not have any dark tape, cover the area with anything that will keep the termites in a dark area like cardboard, towel, cloth, if you removed the wall lining replace it back. Call 1300 552 234
2. Can I treat termites my self? We seriously advise you do not.
The reason is an unlicensed person cannot purchase the correct chemicals nor do they have the license or expertise to treat live termites. The best chemicals available on the market to eliminate termite infestations are non repellent chemicals and baits used by licensed Termite technicians. Patience during the treatment process is required to ensure the chemical is carefully placed within the areas of live activity and with minimum disturbance as possible.
Termites will not die immediately, as they will go about their travels slowly transferring the chemical to each other, which in return will eliminate the colony over time. A termite Technician should directly after a treatment book in a return visit in 3 – 4 weeks to check the treatment again. If live termites are located on the return visit, a further treatment is required.
A successful treatment may take more than one treatment and this maybe due to many factors like, prior disturbance of the termites before the treatment took place, the distance the nest is from the property, type of species and the time of year all play a part in the process of trying to eliminate a termite colony.
3. Why do I need a Building & Pest Inspection? I’ve been to the open home and all looks OK!!
‘In a nut shell’ – The cost involved in obtaining a Pre Sale or Pre Purchase Building and Pest inspection is peanuts compared to the wasted $$$, not having one.
‘Seriously’ it is every single day at TPC.
Homes attacked by Termites, leaving home owners financially stressed trying to repair the home back to its original state.
Selling the Home – The most devastating attacks seem to be home owners selling their property. We all assume the property is OK to sell without an inspection, Common comment made – “I have had a look around and all is good”. Let me tell you, it is more than likely never the case.
TPC have been completing Termite & Pre Purchase Timber Pest Inspections for 17 years and there is still no simple process to just taking a look around!! . None of our inspectors can just take a look around their own home, or just look around when you are at an open home, its crazy to think this is acceptable practice. A thorough inspection by a licensed inspector is required on every occasion using the correct tools indicated by AS4349.3 – 2010 and more to assist in the process.
Furthermore, If you are selling your home, thinking it is OK to wait for the purchaser to get a Building & Pest Inspection and deal with the results when it happens, could be the worst nightmare.
Leaving you gutted – Many purchasers simply walk away leaving the home owner with a termite damaged home.
We have seen massive damage lately, I’m talking about structural damage, wall framing, roof trusses, bearers and joists, and other areas, timber framing, architraves, windows sills, door jambs in bedrooms, bathrooms, lounge rooms and roof void damage that are all extremely expensive to repair.
Not only does the seller on most occasions lose the sale, they then spend more money treating the termites, protecting the home and finally the the large expense, building repairs.
Selling the home, then repeat the cycle “are you serious” this is a massive job – Think of the money spent on selling a home for eg selecting an agent, preparing the house for sale, advertising, cleaning , agents time and fees, open homes just to name a few = end result; time, time, time, time, plus money, money, money.
4. I am looking a protecting the home but I am confused?
Termite management programs/systems/products – “How Many are there” There are a massive amount of quality products on the market with different modes of action that lead to protecting/managing a home from termite ingress. Many home owners may feel a little overwhelmed by the options available and the process maybe just from obtaining too many proposals from too many pest control companies.
For this article we are referring to existing homes, Australian Standards, AS3660.2-2000. It is not just about the product on offer, it is about the method of construction used by the builder and the engineer when the home was built. Once the construction method is clearly understood options on termite management systems and their limitations can be provided. The decision making process becomes clearer for the home owners when they are fully informed on which system is the best for long term protection against a termite attack.
Few ideas here, that may even be confusing – If the home is an existing property you may have more than one option 1. Chemical barrier/ treated zone option or 2. An interception baiting system, but before we go too far …… Is your existing home built into a hill or partially under ground or split level ? If yes, revert to 2. An interception and baiting system option that is most likely to be the best plan of attack as chemical applications may be limited in protecting the home, unless major construction works are carried out.
If the home is on a concrete slab then options maybe available to provide a Chemical treated zone / chemical barrier or An interception and baiting system. Don’t risk it, get an expert in. A site visit will always determine the best options available.
Your choice of product – the products available to pest management technicians are endless, this adds to home owner confusion when selecting a product. The ideal solution in product selection should be a joint decision that is guided by the professional installer that the home owner trusts. Note: The most effective solution in choosing a product is placing trust in your pest technician as they should have the appropriate experience in products and construction allowing them to select the correct product that is best suited to your specific home.
Furthermore, the home owner should ensure they gain detailed information behind the technicians decision and if limitations apply, lets face it you are paying to for an expert opinion.
The most important decision in the process is trusting your Pest Management company and the licensed installer. Trusting they install the system in accordance with AS3660.2-2000 and product labels, whilst delivering the limitations if any on the installation/treatment.
Remembering, Visual Termite Inspections and termite eradication of live termites is an essential process that should never be removed or forgotten, prior, during or after any termite management program.
Regardless of any of the above termite management systems mentioned, the home owner obligation does not change, where Termite inspections and treatment of live termites found on the property are considered essential, failure to put in place such measures is likely to void any warranty, if any provided.
Limitations on this article, The above mentioned systems may not be suited for all properties, please ensure you engage a licensed professional to assist you in managing your home.
The above information is a guide only, it is impossible to make an informed decision on the best method of termite management, till such time the property is visually assessed and inspected.