Termites

Find out how we combat these pests

Did you know?

Termites are known to travel up to 100 metres from their colony in search of food. On average, only 20 percent of homes undergo regular termite management leaving 80 percent of homes unprotected.

How can we help?

Wardle’s Pest Control can accurately and quickly identify termite activity using non-invasive radar technology named Termatrac T3i Termite Detecting Radar.

Termites and other insects are discovered without disturbance, allowing efficient treatments and reducing callbacks. In turn, this reduces cost and has less environmental impact in the single treatment phase.

To learn more about the Termatrac T3i Termite Detecting Radar, click here.

Otherwise, contact us now by phoning 0498 686 261 or email wardlespestcontrol@gmail.com to arrange an inspection and discuss your options.

Termite nests are located in many areas, and if left unidentified, they can cause significant damage impacting property owners financially.

Frequently asked questions

A Standard Termite Inspection or Pre-Purchase Timber Pest Inspection will identify any termite activity and/or damage within a property. A Termatrac T3i Termite Detecting Radar is used for each inspection. The Termatrac uses non-invasive microwave technology to detect and track termite activity hidden within structural timbers. To learn more about the Termatrac T3i Termite Detecting Radar, click here.

A Standard Termite Inspection or Pre-Purchase Timber Pest Inspection will also identify any conditions that make the property conducive to future termite attack. Every Standard Termite Inspection and Pre-Purchase Timber Pest Inspection is performed in strict accordance with Australian Standards AS4349.3-2007: Inspection of Buildings – Timber Pest Inspections.

A typical inspection of a residential property takes approximately one hour ‘on-site’. This can vary depending on the size of the property, the access on the day, and the level of termite damage and/or activity. Following inspection, every effort is made to have the inspection report completed and sent within 24-48 hours of payment being received.

The inspection includes all accessible areas where reasonable and safe access is allowed. The inspector shall determine on the day whether sufficient space is available to allow safe access to confined areas. Where sufficient access to enable inspection is not available, recommendations will be made for gaining access. Reasonable access does not include the cutting of access holes or the removal of screws and bolts or any other fastenings to access covers, removal of any sealants to access covers or removal of coverings or cladding to gain access. Sub-floor areas sprayed with chemicals should not be inspected unless it is safe to do so.

 

All structural timbers e.g. sub-floor, floor, walls, stairs, ceiling joists, ceiling battens, roof framing. Joinery and decorative timbers e.g. doors and door frames, windows and window frames, skirtings, joinery. Ancillary structures e.g. false floors, built-in cupboards, built-in furniture. Attachments and outbuildings e.g. garages, carports, pergolas, patios, verandas, sheds, posts. Garden timbers e.g. landscaping timbers, fences, logs, pool surrounds, garden boxes or tubs, firewood, paving blocks, sleepers & trees and stumps with diameter greater than 100 mm. The inspection does not include timber within the building that is not part of the building or that is obscured from visual inspection. Examples of timber elements not to be inspected include: furniture, furnishings, stored items & concealed timbers, including areas restricting for inspection by furniture, furnishings and stored items.

A Digital Moisture Meter is used to identify high moisture content within the building caused by rising salt damp, water ingress, leaking pipework and inadequate drainage etc. Termite are attracted to moist conditions which makes identification of these areas a critical part of the inspection process. A Termatrac T3i Termite Detecting Radar uses microwave technology to detect and track the presence of live termites hidden within the building structure. A Borescope Camera is also used to inspect areas that have suspected termite activity and limited access for a visual inspection or use of the Termatrac T3i. A long handled donging stick are used for sounding timbers to detect if they are solid or hollow from termite damage. The long handle allows for additional and reach when sounding hard to reach timbers. A digital camera is used to photograph any termite activity or factors that are conducive to termite attack. The photographs will be included with descriptions as part of the inspection report.

Termite Management Systems are designed to impede undetected termite attack on a building. The type of Termite Management System that may be required will vary depending on the property type. Termite Management Systems consist of Physical Barriers, Chemical Barriers, Baiting & Monitoring Systems.

Termite Foaming Treatments are used to treat live termite activity detected within the timber framework of a building. Termite foaming treatments involve injecting an expandable termiticide foam directly into the active termite workings. The active ingredient used in the foam (100g/L Fipronil) is a non-repellent termiticide that promotes colony elimination via the ‘transfer effect’. A follow up inspection is recommended within 1-2 months after the treatment to confirm the live termite activity has ceased. Termite Foaming Treatments are considered ‘stage 1’ of a ‘2 stage’ treatment process. A foaming treatment should not be relied upon as complete termite management if there is no active Termite Management System installed at the property.

Existing buildings

For an external chemical barrier, 10 mm holes are drilled every 300 mm along the entire external slab. A petrol operated slab injector is then used to inject the chemical under the external slab. For internal chemical barriers, 7 mm holes are drilled every 300 mm (or where practical) along the internal walls of each room built on a slab (wet areas etc). A petrol operated slab injector is then used to inject the chemical under the slab. A digital flow meter is used to ensure that a minimum of 2 litres of solution is applied per hole as per manufacturers specifications. The holes are then neatly sealed after the chemical has been applied.

In areas that consist of bricks or pavers, the bricks or pavers closest to the building are removed. The soil beneath is then saturated with a residual termiticide liquid. The bricks and pavers are then replaced as found. A digital flow meter is used to ensure that 5 litres of solution is applied per metre as per manufacturers specifications. In areas that consist of earth or gravel, the area is trenched down to the footings. The area is then inspected for any cracks or gaps in the brickwork that could lead to hidden termite entry. The area is then treated with a residual termiticide liquid while being back-filled. A digital flow meter is used to ensure that 5 litres of solution is applied per metre as per manufacturers specifications.

In buildings with a sub-floor area, the ground soil (and supports) beneath the building are saturated with a residual termiticide liquid. The time and cost of a sub-floor treatment all depends on the level of access on the day. Some sub-floors areas can easily be accessed from external entry points, where others may require the moving of furniture, removal of floor coverings, and cutting of floor traps. A digital flow meter is used to ensure that 5 litres of liquid is applied per metre as per manufacturers specifications. The chemical used for external chemical barriers has 5-year residual life expectancy when applied as directed. Regular termite inspections should be maintained during this 5-year period.

New building work

Wardles Pest Control is an Accredited Installer for Termimesh Australia. Termimesh provides homeowners with a non-toxic alternative that does not require re-treatments. There are no chemical residues and it is safe to use around the house and close to where the children play. Termimesh is Quality Controlled from manufacture to installation and can only be installed by accredited professionals that undergo extensive Quality Controlled Training and Testing. Termimesh is made from an extremely durable 725 grade stainless steel mesh that is designed to physically proof structures from concealed termite entry. Termimesh is too small for termites to squeeze through, and too hard for termites to chew through.

After a Termite Management System has been installed, a Durable Termite Treatment Notice will be installed in the electric meter box of the property. A Certificate of Subterranean Termite Treatment will be issued to the building owner which contains all necessary information of the management system. All termite management work is fully licensed and Insured. New building work is performed in strict accordance with Australian Standard AS3660.1:2014 Termite Management – New Building Work. Existing building work is performed in strict accordance with Australian Standard AS3660.2-2000 Termite Management – Existing Buildings & Structures.

Termite Monitoring & Baiting Stations are are an effective way to monitor and manage termite activity. Wardles Pest Control is an accredited installer of Sentricon Termite Baiting Station. The active ingredient used in Sentricon (Hexaflumuron) is an Insect Growth Regulator. Termite Baiting Stations are available in both ‘above-ground’ and ‘below-ground’ stations. The stations are installed in strategic ‘high-risk’ areas of the house or yard. Termite baiting stations are designed to be used in conjunction with a chemical termiticide barrier.

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